As part of his visit to Sierra Leone, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Africa Region of Standard Chartered Bank, Mike Hart yesterday presented Braille books worth $25,000 to the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Freetown.
The CEO also doled out $5000 personally to the school for singing a Krio song title ‘put yu moni na Standard Chartered Bank en nor go rottin dae’.
In his statement before presenting the books, Mike Hart said that “seeing is believing” initiative is Standard Chartered Bank’s unique community investment programme that supports the goals of vision 2020 to eliminate avoidable blindness in the world.
Mr Hart said that “we had donated $25,000 to sight savers international our partners, to provide core text books in Braille format for children of the Milton Margai School for the Blind to assist in eradicating the barriers faced with their education.
He added that, in the first three phases of our “seeing is believing” initiative, our vision was to support the eradication of avoidable blindness in the world by curing 10 million sights around the world by 2010.
“I must proudly say that we have already achieved that target before 2010” further adding that “we are just about launching phase four of our “seeing is believing” initiative which aims at supporting blindness education in the world.
The Africa Region CEO pointed out that “the purpose of the visit was to donate these Braille books to the Milton Margai School for the Blind” adding that, “we would like to reassure you of our strong commitment of a continued partnership with the school as Standard Chartered leads the way in Sierra Leone.”
In his remarks Sight Savers International Country Representative Dr Dennis Williams emphasized his organization long standing partnership with Standard Chartered Bank.
He also spoke of how his organization has helped the Blind school with school running cost and also the provision of school materials.
He advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the books in order to acquire their education.
Principal of the school Albert Sandy thanked the Bank and Sight Savers for the meaningful contributions they have made to the school.
He added that this will help the children in their learning process, noting that gone are the days when blind pupils and student ask their colleagues (those that are not blind) to read for them.
Now that these books have come it will help them learn side by side with their colleagues as the books will alleviate these problems, he said.
Chairman of the Blind School Committee, Reverend Henry Samuel also joined hands with the pupils of the school in thanking Standard Chartered Bank for the presentation.
He further outlined some of the activities the Bank has engaged in with the school.
Earlier on, Princess Swaray, a teacher of the school heartily welcomed the guests and underscored the relevance of the books to the school.
In attendance was the CEO Sierra Leone, Albert Saltson, Executive Director for Finance and Admin Idrissa Kamara and other staff members of the bank.
By Abibatu D. Kamara