In their efforts to empower women and girls through educational support, the Soroptimist International Freetown Club, has awarded scholarships to twenty- two pupils from different schools and tertiary institutions in the Western Area of Freetown.
Soroptimist International Freetown Club have done a lot of work in promoting the rights of women and girls in Sierra Leone by providing food, clothing for the aged and educational support to girls in primary, secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
This year’s scholarships were awarded to deserving pupils, from schools in the Western Area comprising Rokel Secondary School, Model Secondary School, Methods Girls High School, Saint Anthony’s Primary School and the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM).
Making her statement, Doreen Williams on behalf of the club’s President, Dr. Nana Pratt, she described the club as “a world- wide organization” formed on 22 February 1991, to strive for human rights especially for women and girls and also provide help for their families. She said their main focus is to educate, empower and empower women to stand on their own, with particular emphasis on the education and empowerment of the girl child.
Madam Williams called on the beneficiaries to take the opportunity very seriously and try to live up to expectation. She said this could be realized when they go and stay in school every day.
She said they have been awarding scholarships to pupils and students of primary and secondary schools and providing buses for tertiary institutions.
Mrs. Margaret Nelson Williams, chair of the ceremony admonished parents present to be mentors of their children.
She revealed that the club also engages in garden work in different schools to improve their garden skills and for this reason, two schools, Leone Preparatory School and Saint Anthony’s Secondary School were awarded with garden working tools and watering cans.
Mrs. Resil Jarret representing Nottingham Soroptimist Club in the United Kingdom presented the scholarships.
The pupils expressed delight for the scholarships and promised to work hard.
By Abibatu Kamara
Tuesday July 29, 2014