From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Amputees Bag 29 Scholarships
By Bampia Bundu
May 5, 2010, 17:06

A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in the United States of America (USA) Leone Community Organization has donated scholarships to 29 (twenty-nine) amputees residing in Jui Amputee Camp in east end Freetown.

Presenting the donations the Head of Delegation, Leone Community Organization Yusufu Sesay commended parents of the amputees for their courage and effort in sending their children to school despite several financial constraints they faced in supporting their education.

He said his organization is a non-profit making organization, but has a main focus of assisting needy children in Sierra Leone, with special emphasis to those affected by the war. Mr. Sesay further noted that his organization have in the past been paying school charges for most children, which he said lasted for almost four (4) years.

He however assured his audience that this year, 2010, his organization will pay school fees for over 29 (twenty-nine) students from different educational levels, ranging from class one to university level. He also disclosed that at present, the organization is supporting over 34 (thirty-four) students residing in the Jui Amputee Camp. This number he promised will shortly be increased and the service will be extended to more children wanting to acquire quality education.

He encouraged the students to focus on their studies in order to have a successful pass in any examination that ahead of them and also to sustain their scholarship facilities.

The Head of Delegation further admonished parents to focus on their children and help them in their studies.

Receiving the scholarships the Chairman for the Amputees Jusu Jaka commended Leone Community Organization for what he described as their support towards the community, while further thanking them for sustaining their children in school. He assured them that they will urge their children to focus on their education. He however appealed to the organization for more support especially in the area of medical fertilities which is their felt need for now.

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