Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Bollore Freetown Terminal extended a helping hand on Friday, December 15, 2023, by supporting over 1000 pupils from Moa Wharf and Sea Side Communities with educational materials valued at over Le150 million.
Maroun Adiaad, General Manager of Bollore, emphasized that this charitable act is part of the company’s annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSP) and is aimed at supplementing the government’s free quality education initiative. The donation included school bags and other essential educational materials, intended to alleviate the financial burden on parents in these communities.
“Our commitment lies in supporting the communities where we operate. Each year, we work closely with these communities to identify deserving school-going children before providing this assistance,” Adiaad revealed.
Ibrahim S. Bangura, an Elder from the Seaside community, expressed heartfelt gratitude, acknowledging that the community had previously not received such significant support. He commended the shift in approach, noting that this year, 800 students benefitted, a substantial increase from last year’s 625 beneficiaries.
“This initiative has brought a positive change. We are keen to ensure that the recipients utilize these resources for their intended educational purposes,” Bangura affirmed.
Highlighting Bollore’s ongoing support, Bangura mentioned various contributions made by the company, such as facilitating a water facility, a police post, employment opportunities, university scholarships, fishing boats, among other initiatives.
Musa Swankin Kanu, representing Moa Wharf community, recognized the invaluable impact of Bollore’s support, stating that 726 primary and secondary students from their community received educational packages. He emphasized the timeliness of this aid, particularly for those who face challenges in affording educational materials.
Kanu further assured that a dedicated monitoring committee would oversee the proper use and care of the donated materials, ensuring that they serve their intended purpose effectively.
Bollore’s commitment to uplifting the educational prospects of these young students is a testament to its dedication to fostering the growth and development of communities in need. MJB/18/12/2023