TAWOPANEH, an acronym for unity in one of our local languages is a United Kingdom based non profit- making organization that is geared towards improving conditions in mostly deprived communities, schools and other needy areas.
Yesterday, the organization through its representative, Mr. Moses Koroma donated 20 benches and desks to one among the many deprived and less capacitated schools in Freetown, the Victory Nursery and Preparatory situated in the Kamayama Community; a community sharing boundary with Malama in the Lumley axis.
The school structure is a make-shift one being occupied by over 50 pupils sharing very few desks and chairs prior to the donation. The land itself on which the school is built is being used tentatively under the authority of the land owner who equally is a member of the community and sees value in education.
Predominant occupations among inhabitants of the Kamayama community are granite breaking, charcoal burning and wood cutting, while many members of the community cannot adequately make education accessible to their children.
There has never been a government school in the community not to talk of a hospital or a market.
The proprietress of the school Mrs. Victoria Koroma stated that she established the school as a calling in respect of the fact that the community has so far been marginalized in the area of education.
“This is one major reason why I and others thought that the children of Kamayama should be emancipated from the shackles of poverty through education” Mrs. Koroma added.
Meanwhile, TAWOPANEH since its inception eight years ago has rendered support mainly to Sierra Leoneans and other nationals in the UK as the institution provides scholarships and other assistance through fund raising programmes.
These fund raising programmes have empowered the 17 members to embark on visible developments at home and abroad.
Mr. Moses Koroma mentioned that most of their donations are directed to deprived areas of concern; a reason for their prompt intervention to assist Victory Preparatory School in Kamayama to uplift the social standard of the community by fostering education.
By Poindexter Sama