As a way of transforming the lives of deprived children, UK based ‘Hope and Homes for Children’, in partnership with London Mining, on Friday donated a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser to Action for the Rights of Children (ARC).
This remarkable event took place at the ARC Centre, Kissy by Pass Road, off Old Road, Alpha Morlai, Freetown, in the presence of the beneficiaries and their parents and guardians
ARC is a registered Non-Governmental Organisation in Sierra Leone working with various categories of vulnerable children was founded in 1993, as they built their first orphanage home in Makeni in 1996 for children who were separated from their families, as a result of the war, with support from Hope and Homes.
According to the Country Director of ARC, Kelfala Kargbo, adding that in 1999, Hope and Homes thought it fit to extend their work to Mattru Jong where the rate of orphans was high then, which led to the establishment of their second orphanage home in Bo.
“Throughout the war period in the country, Hope and Homes did not stop or reduce their support, instead they increased the donation to the organisation.
They also supported the capacity building of our staff and the family that we were working with” he said, explaining that Hope and Homes built over 60 houses for poor families in the southern region, as they further supported over 1,500 families with funds to establish their own palm kernel plantation in the same region.
According to him, ARC is now supporting street children, as a new project, as they are the first organisation in the country’s history to do the first national census for street children across the country.
The report was launched in April this year, maintaining that ARC is aimed at changing the lives of children in the area of education, as they are presently working with schools assisting them with the construction of school structures and also with mining communities across the country for the construction of schools for the children living in those communities.
“ARC alone cannot succeed in this fight, and Hope and Homes cannot achieve this fight, so we are calling on other organisations to assist in educating these children, as we are presently receiving support from our oversees partners especially Street Child UK” he recalled.
He said that he was happy that London Mining had taken interest in their working by supporting them with a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser.
Representing London Mining in the handing-over ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer, Graeme Hossie, stated that dreams and aspiration is one thing that he saw which the people have turned into reality, as the beneficiaries are really determined to achieve their goal by making good use of their opportunity.
He also said that Mining companies in the country form the backbone of the economy.
The London Mining boss disclosed that awareness among the people has contributed in transforming their lives and aspirations for the future of the country, as he is happy to work and support the people of Sierra Leone more in the area of education which is very vital in nation building.
Nick Hewer, who came with his film crew from BBC Channel 4 from the UK with the donated vehicle in question by road, disclosed that he was inspired by a man, when he first visited Sierra Leone, who asked him to help in educating street children.
He states that the vehicle, generator and power-saw they came with, will be of immense help to the children as education is the back bone of any country’s development.
By Alhaji M. Kamara