By Lamin W. Sanneh
Salimatou Foundation For Education, (SaFE) delivered sponsorship packages to six (6) Lower Basic Students at a ceremony held at Sotino Nursery School in Latrikunda Sabiji on Saturday.
The sponsorship package which provides uniforms, two pairs of school shoes, lots of stationery, T-shirt, shocks and a yearly school-lunch of two thousand seven hundred dalasi amounts to nine thousand five hundred dalasi per student.
The beneficiary students are from Serrekunda LBS, Kabafita LBS, Latrikunda LBS and an Arabic School.
The ceremony was graced by beneficiary students, their parents, SaFE volunteers and the Head Teacher of Sotino Nursery School.
SaFE is a charitable foundation which advocates for quality education for all especially the vulnerable children.
Speaking at the gathering, Muhammed Kebbeh, the Personal Assistant of the CEO SaFE disclosed the package to the beneficiaries and their parents. He highlighted the importance of the sponsorship, and thus described it timely as it came at the beginning of new school year.
He called the students to maximally utilize the opportunity by working hard at school.
“This is a great opportunity for you. You must make good use of the opportunity accorded to you. The best way to effectively utilize this opportunity is to work very hard at school”, Mr. Kebbeh concluded.
For her part, Salimatou Fatty founder and CEO of SaFE, thanked the donors for coming to the aid of the students at a very timely moment. She revealed that some of these beneficiaries were selling in the streets and not going to school due of financial obstacles. Salimatou challenged the parents to make sure the materials and the money are put into only what they are meant for,
“What we want to see is that the materials and the money we’re giving to your children here today, is utilize on what we’re giving it for”.
She also called on the parents to help SaFE in monitoring the performance of their children in their various schools since the students are also expected to be doing well at school.
Bintou Fofana, a parent of a beneficiary student expressed delight, saying:
“I’m very happy today and I thank Allah for the opportunity. My husband and I have nothing to afford for the education of our kid. Luckily Allah made this possible, so I’m happy.”
Maimuna Bojang, 12, a grade three student and one of the beneficiaries was overwhelmed in joy.
“I’m very happy”, she told The Stone Circle.
She promised to work hard and pass exams at school when asked what she will do now that she has at least ten dalasi for school-lunch daily.
Maimuna finally thanked SaFE for the opportunity.
“I thank them (SaFE) for what they gave me and my friends. This is good”, she enthused.