Former Plan Sierra Leone sponsored child, who was sponsored in the 1980s, Tamba Momoh yesterday paid a courtesy call on the Country Director, Fadimata Alainchar and the Sponsorship Manager Ralph Wilson at the Country Office in Freetown.
Speaking during the courtesy call, Tamba told the County Director and the Sponsorship Manager that he came down to Freetown from the Provinces to attend the Government Model Secondary School, but had difficulty in paying his school fees. He said fortune smiled on him at a meeting with Plan Social Workers where his case was reviewed and was asked to write a letter soliciting assistance.
‘After writing the letter I got a Belgian couple as my foster parents who supported me throughout my secondary schooling through Plan Sierra Leone’.
Tamba further explained that after his General School Certificate Examination, he studied Accounting at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) University of Sierra Leone; and later traveled to the United Kingdom where he traced his Belgian Foster Parents through the help of UKNO and continued further studies which enabled him to acquire a Chartered Accountancy Degree (ACCA). He disclosed that the Belgian couple are like his parents and that they even attended his wedding in the UK.
‘The purpose of my call on you is to show gratitude for what Plan Sierra Leone did for me, as an individual, and your support for the children of Sierra Leone whose cases are similar, if not worse than mine in those days’ he said.
As a result of my background and beneficiary of charity, Tamba noted ‘I have taken seriously to charity work to help vulnerable compatriots. ‘I therefore offer myself to you in any way I could be of help to Plan Sierra Leone’ he concluded Plan Sierra Leone Country Director, Fadimata Alainchar thanked Tamba for coming back home to help his compatriots in Sierra Leone after his studies in the UK. She said Plan Sierra Leone is not too concern to knowing all those it has helped but expressed gratitude that ‘you have come with something to show us in gratitude for what Plan did for you, that is a high level education in Accountancy’. The Country Director dilated on changing trends and scenarios in Plan’s operations, especially the focus on the communities in which children live rather than the focus on individuals as it were in the past and the current global financial crisis. ‘You are an asset to us because your achievement says a lot to others that if they work hard they can change their lives’ Fadimata encouraged Tamba to think of an idea of forming a network of former Plan Sponsored children so that the virtue of selfless service and charity to the less privilege and vulnerable would be inculcated.