By Hawa Dauda & Joseph Odoekwu
A female Sports Journalist Hawa Dauda from Sierra Leone has shown support to 20 children leaving in three different slum communities in the Western Area.
Hawa Dauda who is also the founder of Slum Advocacy for Children achieved this through her NGO which specializes in taking care of children leaving in slum.
According to report, the three communities that benefited in this years back to school materials are Kroobay community western area, Sunsan’s Bay central part of Freetown and Bottom Oku community Eastend part of the capital.
During the distribution of the school materials, founder of the Organization slum Advocacy for children Ms Hawa Dauda.. stated that seeing the children smiling and happy is what gives her joy.
She furthered that she understands what it means to live in a deprived community and especially during this period of raining season and encouraged the kids not to let the slum community define them, and the only way they can remove themselves in this kind of situation is empowering themselves through education and determination .
Ms Dauda continues to say every child deserves proper environment and access to education. She advised the children not to participate in adult activities, and learn to listen to their teachers, parents and guardians always .
Ms Hawa Dauda said those that they have been supporting since class five and now in form three by the Grace of God will one day reach their destination.
Hawa Dauda pointed out that this donation would not have been possible if not for the help of some individuals who deep their hands in their pockets to support these twenty kids. “ for all those who supported our donations thank you” because of your help we were able to give the children bags, books, pencils, rulers, pen and cash to the teachers who are relentlessly helping these kids to have education.
Adama Koroma is one of the parents present during the distribution when speaking.. she thank slum Advocacy for children and those who supported this year’s back to school donation. According to her since the opening of school non of the children are attending because her and her husband cannot afford school materials for their kids. “ this year everything is expensive including school materials” but thank God now our kids have bags and books… they can manage their old uniform for the time been. Madam koroma concluded.
Sorie Kamara head teacher bottom Oku non formal school expressed appreciation and thanks to all donors for their continued support towards those deprived kids.