cross-section of the school pupils, staff and the donated items
The National School for the Deaf located along Wilkinson Road in Freetown is in dire need of food to upkeep the kids.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, some parents and guardians who usually chipped in with food for their children can ill afford to do so because of the financial difficulties they are faced with.
As COVID-19 pandemic continues to be devastating, putting commercial activities at low ebb, the school authorities are calling for help from relevant stakeholders, past students and philanthropists to assist the school with food items to feed the vulnerable children.
“It’s trying times in Sierra Leone as we go through the coronavirus. This is forcing some kids to go to bed on empty stomachs while others roam around begging for food,” Head Teacher, Winifred Kamara-Cole said in a donation ceremony recently.
The Head Teacher also said the school lacked adequate learning materials. “We also need more school materials and repairs done on the school building.”
The donation was presented by Alhaji Rahman to the school authorities. Handing over the items from the diaspora, he informed that it was a gesture from two past pupils of the school. He said the two people; Jonathan Marsh and Sylvester Kay mobilized some resources from America and England to assist the school to feed the unfortunate kids who are mostly from poor homes.
The Head Teacher received the items, thanked Jonathan, Slyvester, and others in the diaspora for their contribution to the children. She assured that the children would fully benefit from the stuff to enhance their healthy living in the school.
Also, the director for the National Association for the Deaf, Ramatu Sesay thanked the good Samaritans for their support to the Deaf people in Sierra Leone.
In all 15 bags of rice, 2 bags of onions, 5 cartoons Tin tomatoes, and 15 gallons of vegetable were handed out to the school.
Sometimes last year, the Deaf Community in the diaspora also donated food items to the ST. Joseph School for the hearing impaired in Makeni. They also plan to send food items and school supplies to the Ebert Kakua School for the blind.