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In Sierra Leone, Waterloo Community Gets UK Support
By Aruna Turay
Feb 24, 2009, 17:10
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Waterloo community, located along the Freetown-Masiaka Highway, is considered by many as one of the poorest and most deprived communities in the country.

Over the weekend, a team of United Kingdom (UK) based Sierra Leoneans that hailed from Waterloo, made an organized trip to the community to assess projects sponsored by the Waterloo Partnership in Liverpool (WPL). The Waterloo Partnership in Sierra Leone (WPSL) and the United Kingdom have been in existence for over six years now, supporting agriculture, education and health care ventures in the country.

The Chairman of the Sierra Leone Partnership Waterloo Branch, Allieu Badara Mansaray, welcomed the guests and expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to them for having been supportive to the needy children in the community over the past couple of years.

He assured that his branch will continue to judiciously utilize whatever little funds they receive from their partners in the UK.

The Coordinator of the Uniform Scheme Project, Madam Aminata Mansaray, thanked the UK partners for assisting disadvantaged children, especially orphans in the community, forty (40) of whom she said are now enrolled in both primary and secondary schools.

She went on to state that the support received thus far have been used for the intended purpose, and implored the UK partners to give more help as the task ahead still remains huge.

On behalf of the beneficiaries, Betty Nicole, thanked the UK partners for supporting them and promised to be attentive to their academic work at all times.

The Acting Chairman and Leader of the delegation, David Morgan, informed that the monies they have been sending to support their homeland are derived from school children in the United Kingdom.

He assured the community that they will continue to render such support, stressing that they will put special interest to the uniform scheme until the children attain their goal.

Mr. Morgan called on the parents of the beneficiaries to encourage their children to put more effort in their academic work, which he said is the key to every childs success.

"The scheme will continue to support only beneficiaries who continue to perform well in their academic work and will stop supporting those who perform poorly." The team leader emphasized.


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