Abdul Miracle Disabled Children’s Foundation has on Friday 14th September 2018 held its annual scholarships distribution ceremony for their beneficiaries at the Chief Pa Alimamy Community Center in the Waterloo community Western Area Rural.
Introducing the foundation to Stakeholders and other community people, the Media Officer of AMDCF Ann Marie Barbara Cline Cole said the Foundation is a Non Profit organization founded to provide educational and other assistance to disabled children and their families in Sierra Leone.
She said that the foundation was established by Sahr Christopher Moiwa to honour the charitable character of his son Abdul Augustine Tomah Moiwa and as a way of giving back to society for all the assistance, privileges and opportunities that have helped his son over the years. “Abdul has been a great child even with his disability he has been strong and always ready to help.” She said. Speaking on the activities of the foundation, the Office Manager Mariama Koroma said AMDCF is working towards promoting the education of disabled school going children in Sierra Leone by providing them with scholarships in the form of tuition fees, school materials, uniforms, transportation and many more.
She said the foundation started with only 5 beneficiaries but can now boast of 52 beneficiaries across the country. “The foundation also provide services like mentoring, counselling and advocacy for children with disability in Sierra Leone.” She continued. Ms Koroma said the foundation will continue to do its good work and impact the lives of these special set of people. Madam Koroma highlighted the recruitment process stating that, for one to be considered a beneficiary he/she must be a disable, be considered less privileged, be a school going pupil as well as fall within the pre primary, primary, Junior and Senior high school levels. She stated that the recruitment process is done in collaboration with community stakeholders and other means.
In his speech, the Village Headman of the Lumpa Community Mohamed Kabba expresses thanks and appreciation to the Foundation for such a humanitarian gesture. ” we have had so many organizations coming here and talk a lot without doing, but the Abdul Miracle Disabled Children’s Foundation is different. “They are not only talking, but putting to action what they say,” said the Lumpa Chief.
He thanked the team for keeping to their promise of helping the disable children in the community. He admonished stakeholders and other community people to give the foundation all the necessary support by ensuring that the beneficiaries go to school and stay focus. He promised his continued support to AMDCF and admonished the staff to continue the good work.
Giving the Keynote address, the Member of Parliament for constituency 106 in Waterloo community, Honorable Mohamed Kabia thanked AMDCF for supporting children with disabilities in his constituency. He encouraged the families of the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity. ” The children now have all what they want to go to school, it’s left with you the parents to give them all the support at home by ensuring they go to school and read their notes after school”, he said.
Honorable Kabia also pleaded with the teachers of the various schools where the beneficiaries are attending to give utmost support to them. He said they should ensure they monitor the children on a daily basis and give them more attention. The member of Parliament pleaded with the foundation to help include sex education in other programs to ensure that disabled female children get all the knowledge on how to handle themselves in the future. He expressed his sincere thanks to the foundation and encouraged them to do more. Presenting the 25 Million worth of scholarships to 52 beneficiaries in the form of tuition fees, transportation, books, uniforms among others, the
Finance Officer of AMDCF Victor Stevens said, what the foundation is doing is part of the foundation’s corporate responsibilities. He said they will ensure they continue to do more for all beneficiaries under the foundation. It is the dream of the CEO to put smiles on the faces of these children and their families and as such we as a team will always facilitate the smooth running of all programs under the foundation.” He stated. He pleaded with community stakeholders, teachers and parents to ensure that these children acquire quality education and give back to society when the time comes. He admonished the community people not to isolate disables from the society as he said society needs them and they also need society. He thanked the Headman, member of Parliament, and other community people for such a wonderful warm welcome. He promised them that AMDCF will continue to do more for children with disabilities and their families.
The beneficiaries and parents expressed thanks and appreciation to AMDCF for such a laudable gesture. They promised to live up to expectations and be productive citizens in Sierra Leone.