March 2, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
A community based organization, Munafa M’Patie Federation, in collaboration with its partner Child Fund Sierra Leone last Thursday (26 February) commenced the disbursement of over Le274 million to 906 children under their scholarship programme.
The federation’s Programme Manager, Musa Sanu-Konteh, said the money was a special gift from benefactors abroad who elected to sponsor the kids to acquire education under their scholarship programme.
He disclosed to newsmen that a total of 6,100 children in Biriwa, Safrokoh and Paki-Masabong chiefdoms in the Bombali district have been enrolled in the programme, while no fewer than 4,500 of them having sponsors abroad.
According to him, their foreign sponsors used to send special gifts to the kids on a monthly basis, aside support to their education, but that came to a halt in August 2014 because of the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease.
He explained that because the country is witnessing a drop in the number of new Ebola cases, sponsors for 906 children decided to send their usually special gifts for August 2014 to January 2015.
With regards the federation, Mr. Sanu-Konteh explained that they commenced operation in January 2007 to meet the needs of destitute children in the Bombali district.
He noted that over the past years they have expanded and now operate in 138 villages in the trio of chiefdoms in the Bombali district.
In a joyous mood, Sarah Bangura, who received Le1.2 million, was full of praise for his sponsor and promised to use the money wisely.
“I am very happy for this support from Munafa M’Patie Federation and my sponsor. I will use it to build my house and pay school fees. My life was miserable before the intervention of this federation because I was not having the assistance I needed,” he said.