October 21, 2015 By Samuel Ben Turay
Two orphanage schools in Sierra Leone have received another round of support from Sweden based organisation New Hope Sweden, through the Brinck family.
The latest grant to the two orphanages amounts to Le11,000,000 (approximately US$2,000) for the payment of their teachers at both Rogbangba in the Western Rural and Makeni in the North.
Speaking at a meeting Monday held in Allen Town, east of Freetown, Finance Officer for Action for the Disadvantaged, Vulnerable and Needy Child Empowerment (ADVANCED), Amidu F. Kanu, confirmed that early this year they received Le9,000,000 (about US$900) from New Hope Sweden, though the Brinck family, to pay teachers of both schools for six months.
He said apart from the financial assistance his organisation is getting from the Brinck family, they are also receiving logistics from them.
“We have received a lot of benefits from the Brinck family since 2013 to date. We are happy to connect with this family, especially for their contributions to improve the lives of vulnerable children in the country,” said Kanu.
However, Mr. Kanu noted: “We need more support to provide quality education to these children,” and thanked the Swedes for listening to their appeal.
Programme Manager Mohamed Marah said both schools have a total of 260 pupils and 9 teachers, with the Rogbangba school having an enrollment of 88 pupils from classes one to five, while the Makeni school has 172 pupils in classes one to six.
He added that the Rogbangba school was founded in 2009, while the Makeni school was established in 2008.
In another development, the Makeni school did an audio clip to send a message on the Ebola outbreak. “We did that as part of our own contribution to the eradication of the Ebola virus in the country,” said Marah.
Mariam Sesay, a class four pupil at the Rogbangba orphanage school, said she was struggling to be educated since both of her parents had died years back, and that it was hard for her to go to school.
“I was thinking of how to get someone who could pay my fees and other school bills. But today, the ADVANCED school – through the Swedish people – have helped me to reach to this level,” said Sesay.