Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – As a way of displaying its corporate benevolence, Orange SL recently extended a helping hand to the staff and pupils of Paul School for the Blind in Bo, Southern Sierra Leone.
The donation, comprising essential food items such as rice, cooking oil, onions, among others, was warmly received by the recipients at the Baiama Road campus.
During the event, Augustus Bendu, the Area Business Manager South, emphasized the significance of the occasion, highlighting how Orange SL responded to the school’s plea for assistance. “Despite the challenges faced by the institution, the leadership’s unwavering commitment to seeking support from external sources resonated with Orange SL, showcasing the company’s responsiveness and commitment to social responsibility,” he said.
Expressing profound gratitude for the timely donation, the Head Teacher of the said school, Mohamed S Conteh, emphasized the critical need for food supplies among the students, stating that the school’s broader needs, range from learning materials and desktop computers to braille and transportation for pupils.
Speaking of the strong relationship between Orange SL and Paul School for the Blind in his keynote address, the Deputy Commercial Director of Orange in Bo, Bollor T. Sesay, underlined the importance of kindness as a universal language, one that reaches both the deaf and the blind.
Sesay highlighted Orange SL’s multifaceted CSR initiatives which encompass the refurbishment of schools, assistance to the medical sector, empowerment programs for women and youth, focusing on digital skills training and entrepreneurship, emphasising the telecom’s dedication to corporate social responsibility (CSR) including support for marginalized communities.
The event garnered praise from various speakers, who commended Orange SL and expressed hope for the continuation of such initiatives. The climax of the occasion featured a heartfelt appreciation song performed by the pupils. PSN/9/12/2023