The African Muslim Agency (AMA) and the government of Sierra Leone have signed a memorandum of understanding at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at Glouster Street in Freetown.
The director of AMA, Nouar Zakaria in his speech, said the ultimate objectives of the agency were to spread Islam and Islamic education, financing meaningful development projects in education, agriculture, rural development and the provision of social services such as relief to orphans and to affected areas in times of disaster.
Their services, he went on, were not only limited to Muslims but that the organization had established offices in various countries in Africa and these services had been provided to the needy regardless of their religious affiliations.
Highlighting some of the immediate plans of the agency to Sierra Leone, Mr Zakaria said they were working effectively to establish orphanages in Lungi and other parts of the country which would cater for children who lost their parents during the rebel war.
He added that there were other plans to establish higher institutions of learning, which would provide learning opportunities for Sierra Leoneans to pursue further studies.
The minister of foreign affairs, Alhaji Momodu Koroma on behalf of the government, acknowledged the fact that AMA had established three orphanages in Kossoh Town, Makeni and other parts of the country.
He maintained that the establishment of medical centres, schools, mosques and water wells in various parts of the country were all parts of the agency‘s contribution to nation building.
Mr Koroma encouraged members of AMA to do all in their power to promote development and that the goodwill and mutual understanding would always be maintained between the government and AMA.