“The donated items were bought from personal contributions of members to help the needy”
By: Aminata A. Tholley
Christmas, they say is the season of goodwill. It’s the season to show love and kindness to the needy in society especially at a time like this, when Covid-19 is ravaging the world. In line with that focus, an all ladies group, Vision Ladies Association Bombali brought smiles to the faces of pupils and staff of the Bombali School for the Blind in Panlap, outside Makeni.
On November 25, members of the association paid a visit to the Bombali School for the Blind located in Panlap to bring the love of the season to them. The objective of the visit was to donate food and medical items to deprived children of the school. This came about as a goodwill gesture marking the first-year anniversary of the association. The donated items were bought from personal contributions of members as they haven’t got any support from elsewhere yet.
Vision Ladies founder and president, Esther Kargbo stated that, the donation is part of the love they are spreading for the festive season. “At Vision Ladies, we believe no arrives at a future destination he/she cannot see, and no one dreams of a future they are not prepared for. That’s why we believe in helping children and the less privileged to build their present for the future’’, she said. Mrs. Kargbo called on all at home and abroad to help spread love to the needy during this season of Christmas to help build these visually impaired children to pave a way for a better future.
Responding, the principal of the school, Mohdu Sidrack Kamara, appreciated the efforts of the Vision Ladies Association for helping them with such a gesture at a time they needed it most. “It has not been easy for us as a school with no support to help these children. Blind children are abandoned by their parents and relatives with no visit. They left them with us in school thinking that blind children are of no use to the society. That’s the situation we are faced with”, Mr. Kamara said.
The school Head Boy, Alimamy P. Koroma, thanked Vision ladies Association for the kind gesture. He pleaded with other well-meaning individuals to keep helping them with essential items they use daily, like leaning materials, food, medicine, and clothing. He said visually impaired pupils deserve more support than all others because they can’t see, but their minds are full of creativity and ideas to develop themselves.
The Vision Ladies Association was established on November 1, 2020 to seek the interest of less privileged women and children from deprived communities in Bombali District, North. Their mission is part of an attempt to compliment government’s effort in curbing the negative effects of hunger, lack of access to learning materials and medication to the needy. The group also provides moral support and mentorship to both married and single mothers within the association in the areas of self-empowerment, self-reliance, and family planning.