Yesterday looked very much like a school feeding for pupils of the FAWE primary school at Kroobay, when an organization known as ‘Call to Business’ fed them with cooked food and drinks worth $US 600.
The pupils who were in a very joyous mood while receiving food and drinks wrapped in a neat silver foil were expressing thank you to their beneficiaries in a special way depicting the felt needs of quality school feeding programmes in schools throughout the country.
Paul Szkiler the Founder of “Call to Business” and Trustee to “Children in Crisis Organization” said they are business people who do not only concentrate on business, observing that when business becomes unselfish it would solve the problem of the ordinary man.
He said special attention is given to Sierra Leone because the country is now in a transition stage from post war to sustainable development and school children are crucial as they constitute future leaders, and therefore need to be well fed to pay attention in class and to acquire sound education.
“We are here to highlight the need for school feeding in schools so that government and other agencies will replicate what we are doing because it is not easy for children to learn effectively with an empty stomach” he said.
He explained that they have an office in Sierra Leone that executes a microfinance programme, and a school in Newton and an orphanage in Grafton.
On their pipe line dream for the country he said they are working on plans to bring investors into rice production and tourism inorder to generate more employment for the working force in Sierra Leone.
The headmistress of the school Emerica Kamara said the move of ‘Call to Business’ to feed well over 300 pupils with nutritious food and drinks was a laudable one, as most parent would now be motivated to send their children to school so as to benefit from such opportunity.
The Coordinator of FAWE Sierra Leone Eileen Hanciles, said the school was built by FAWE with support from Children in Crisis organization, noting that they are working with ‘Call to Business’ to see how to replicate the quality feeding programme.