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Sierra Leone News: Ecobank celebrates with orphan children

Ecobank Sierra Leone Limited over the weekend celebrated Ecobank day by extending social and food support to Heaven Home Orphanage at Waterloo. The Managing Director, Aina Moore, while officially handing over the assorted food items and rehabilitated four block buildings to the children’s home noted that the celebration of Ecobank Day is an initiative that allows the bank to give something more than just money. She noted that as part of the celebration of Ecobank Day since 2013, staff of the bank volunteer to work with local people in order to improve the lives of the more vulnerable members of the communities. Highlighting the several worthy contributions the bank has offered to the community over the years, Moore pointed out that the 2018 Ecobank Day theme “Supporting orphans and orphanages across Africa” is a way to support young lives to make a difference. Moore further pointed out that Africa is among one of the continents with the highest orphan population adding the several challenges children are faced with on daily basis. “Many children live a difficult life, their rights and wellbeing are jeopardised and many develop negative strategies. Some are forced to maintain a household, fund education and medical costs. With so many vulnerable people, we are committed to supporting them by helping the orphanages where they live.” At Heaven Home Orphanage, Ecobank presented the rehabilitated, modern, fully furnished block dormitories, recreational centre and computer lab, which according to Mrs Moore, is to ensure that children live, learn and play in a healthy environment.                “Our staff have planted 20 fruit trees, where such activity is not only aimed at the reduction of the impacts of climate change, but also the supply of fruits to augment the children’s diet. We also believe that these trees are gifts to future generation.” The Managing Director also spoke on the innovation venture undertaken by the bank pointing out that the facelift to the school library and powering of computers by a solar panel is a way to expose the children to the world of innovation. As part of our digital payment solution, the MD said that Ecobank has also offered a quick response code to the home to enable donations into their account easy and conveniently. Commending the kind gesture by Ecobank, Kiptieu Sesay, Founder, Heaven Orphanage Home said the home is a security for children that have been neglected. Sesay also underscored the deprivations children face and also called for a decent living condition for children stating the need to prioritise their needs for a better Sierra Leone. Sesay further described the orphanage as a home delivering social structure for Sierra Leone’s future adding that the home does not only promote education but also offers a long life learning to enable children to compete Internationally. Meanwhile, parents and representative from the Ministry of Social Welfare expressed appreciations to both the bank and the home for their countless contributions to positively invest in the future human capital resource of Sierra Leone.

SV/17/11/18

By Sylvia Villa

Monday November 19, 2018.

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