Sierra Leone News: Ebola orphans get school supplies from SLWT

The Sierra Leone War Trust (SLWT) charitable organizations past Saturday handed over school going materials to 50 Ebola orphans that the organization has been taking care of in the Waterloo community.
The items included school bags, exercise books, shoes, socks, pencils, pen, sharpeners and toothbrush and pastes worth over millions of Leones.
Project Manager, Marion Morgan said they have also been taking care of these children since the end of Ebola outbreak as they are provided with schools fees and some cash for their caregivers.
Morgan said one good thing that has happened is that they have been getting support from different organisations and since they want to continue to help these kids up to secondary school, they have been requesting for scholarships for these kids.
She disclosed, 14 children have got scholarships and they are looking for more sponsors for the other kids. She added, “in addition to the monthly allowance from SLWT, the caregivers will also receive extra amounts for the children”.
The Project Manager called on the caregivers to take proper care of the children and to try in all ways to ensure that help provide education for the children.
In her statement, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer, Co-Founder of SLWT, said she is also happy whenever she is around the kids and that she always gets the urge to do more not only for these children but for the children of Sierra Leone.
She encouraged the children to be reading books and to visit the library to broaden their knowledge in their areas of studies and in other areas.
Kiptiue Sesay, founder of Heaven’s Home, gave a background of the Home which she said started with a school that caters for underprivileged children that don’t pay fees, or buy uniforms and books, but that the only responsibility of the parent was to send the kids to school.
She said the caregivers have responsibility to make sure that these children go to school and not engage in any form of street trading and also for the caregivers to love the children as their own. Further stating that the caregivers should have integrity when dealing with SLWT and also for them to be committed in caring for the children.
Sierra Leone War Trust (SLWT) was established in April 1999 by seven Sierra Leoneans, then in the United Kingdom, who decided to give support to children that were affected by the war.
By Betty Milton
Awoko Monday, October 09, 2017.

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