Sports journalist Hawa Dauda celebrated her birthday with a feast for one hundred (100) slum children in two communities in the Western Area; Kroo Bay and Bottom Oku Communities, in the west and east parts of Freetown respectively.
Speaking during the food distribution, the founder for Slum Advocacy for Children, Hawa Dauda expressed her joy and fulfillment that she was able to celebrate her birthday with vulnerable children.
Commenting on the rational behind her gesture, the founder explained that it is her wish to give all kids living in the slum communities the chance to have the childhood experience they are lacking.
“ I know and understand the feeling of living in this way because some years back I was in the same situation like you” She confessed.
“Going to school without proper uniform, shoes, bag and books is the worst experience every child will wish not to have”, she added.
Miss Dauda pointed out that even though the kids that are living in those communities are faced with so many challenges, their bodies are their rights and they should not encourage anybody to take advantage of them because of their vulnerability.
Speaking to the girls and young boys, she said, “It is difficult out there even for us who are grown up but that doesn’t mean you should compromise your body to involve in sexual activities at your tender ages.”
She encouraged the children to look after their personal hygiene and also help in domestic work.
The Head teacher of Kroo Bay Community School, Mr. Bundu Kamara, expressed delightfully that Ms Hawa Dauda has been helping the children in that community for some time now.
Mr. Sorie Kamara the Head Teacher for Botton Oku non-formal school stated that so many people have been going to that school promising to help them.
He explained that during those visits pictures of the building and of them were taken and nothing has been heard of them since they left.
“But since Hawa Dauda came to visit the school and saw how we are challenged with so many things ranging from teaching and learning materials to food and clothing, she has been coming here from time to time to support us,” he concluded gratefully.
-(C)Slum Advocacy for Children Media Team