The celebration to mark the fourth anniversary of the establishment of the Gilo Educational Economic and Development (GEED) Foundation in Bonthe District were held on the 26th February, 2022, at the Island of Bonthe.
The GEED Foundation, which was established in 2007 by the Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, Dr. Walton Ekundayo Gilpin, has been providing mostly educational and economic support to Sierra Leoneans for over a decade now. Activity spans from urban Freetown to Waterloo to Tonkolili, Masiaka, and now the Bonthe District.
During the weekend, inhabitants of the Bonthe District where Gilpin himself is a son of the soil continued to benefit from his astute benevolence and desire to develop human capacity in Sierra Leone.
According to Gilpin, his Foundation aims at complementing the efforts of the government of SL, in accordance with the wishes of President Julius Maada Bio to turn round the fortunes of an Island that had suffered decline after its glory days. One of the key fundamentals to growth and development, he said is education.
To that end,he encouraged indigenes to place premium on education. He also shared a motivational sermon on the importance of sharing and called on more influential indigenes of Bonthe to emulate the examples of those who have parted with their little resources to help the people of Bonthe.
Mayor of Bonthe Municipality, Lamin Joe Sandi recalled the days when the Island was referred to as Christmas Island with 24 hours electricity, running water and paved streets.
He paid tribute to President Bio for trying to bring back those glorious days to the Island through the reconstruction of its main streets, harbour and other important social infrastructure on the Island.
The GEED Foundation’s Fourth Anniversary celebration was climaxed by a well-attended march past, motivational speaking session and the donation of educational items worth millions of Leones to school children of Bonthe Island.
“We are heartened by the work Dr Ekundayo Gilpin is doing in Sierra Leone – as his focus continues to be to assist in the developmental aspirations of his country people in the younger generation.”
Gilpin hails from is from a strong Christian praying family, who have rooted their every step in the hands of God.