Airtel doles US$50,000 for Maranatha school building


April 15, 2015 By Hawa Amara

As part of their corporate social responsibility, Airtel mobile company yesterday provided the sum of US$50,000 for the construction of a six classroom building plus canteen, lavatories and staffroom for the Maranatha Primary School at Hill Station, west of Freetown.

Speaking at the turning of the sod ceremony, Airtel’s Finance Director, Patrick Caulker, stated that the mobile giant was determined to fulfilling its corporate social responsibility by targeting schools in the country.

Mr. Caulker revealed that Airtel has sponsored over 700 schools around the world and that the initiative was being replicated in all their operational areas, including Sierra Leone.

He said Airtel had adopted three schools in Tombo, Kenema and Makeni, and that Maranatha School would also benefit from the same largesse.

“Traditionally our scope of work was primarily refurbishment of existing buildings. However, due to the dilapidated state of the current structure, a new building will have to be erected from the foundation,” he said and added that the gesture would cost US$50,000 edifice for both pupils and teachers.

He assured the Maranatha community that the construction would be concluded in June when they hope to open a brand new school in the community

In his keynote address, Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Alpha Kanu, commended Airtel for their “splendid work in promoting education” in the country.

He said the delay in the re-opening of schools was to ensure the safety of pupils, adding that Airtel was doing the development not just for the community but the entire country.

He promised the government would help pupils in the school acquire quality education as “education is the key to success”.

Speaking on behalf of the community, Hon. Patel Bah of Constituency 92 noted that Airtel was embarking on the project as part of their development package for the community, stating that since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the country, the company has been a leader in contributing to government and communities as part of their efforts to help eradicate the virus.

Hon. Bah thanked Airtel for spearheading development in his constituency and advised pupils of the school that Ebola is still in the country and that they should adhere to preventive measures prescribed by health experts.

In her vote of thanks, headmistress of the school, Ms. Hawa Baio, thanked Airtel for giving the school a befitting facelift, as over 600 pupils had no access to toilet, prior to Airtel’s intervention.