Eye for Salone Hails for Pushing Development in Western Rural District
A non-Governmental Organization, Eye for Salone based in Waterloo/Newton has been hailed by indigenes within their operational areas for not only assisting visually impaired people but to also promote education among children.
Speaking to this medium, Managing Director, Eye for Salone, Mohamed Sankoh (in photo) said the humanitarian organization comprised Belgian and Sierra Leonean volunteer workers.
Talking on their various projects, Sankoh stated that they have several schemes in Sierra Leone to increase employment, focused on education and training.
”We work mainly with children, youth and under privileged groups like the visually impaired by given them a better chance to participate fully in society”, the MD said and mentioned that the construction of the Flemish Institute and Primary School with computer classes was done in collaboration with Energy Assistance VZW who provided solar panels for the schools that are under the administration of the NGO.
The MD maintained that they are supporting two schools for the blind in Kenema and Koidu Town and highlighted that with the aid of Mercy Ships, some children gained back their vision after having a cataract surgery.
He pointed out that, they also provided materials based on local needs like typewriter in Braille, typewriter ribbons, Brail materials and Braille paper in collaboration with energy assistance.
He discussed that they organized and support sensitization campaigns in collaboration with Marie Stopes International adding that they also held workshops on Family Planning and good healthcare delivery system and recalled that they supported sensitization programs among blind schools during the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.
On their recent projects, the MD said they are constructing sanitary facilities and upgrade school at Six (6) Mile/Newton. He emphasized on the construction of the Flemish Primary School at six Mile was done in collaboration with Edukado.
Sankoh said he was elated because community people appreciate the Flemish School of Institute and Computer Studies as it has guided many children in Primary schools to know computer. He recognized Hon. Claud Kamanda of the Western Rural District, Headman, Alpha Conteh aka Oyallah and other community stakeholders for their contribution towards the successful implementation of projects in the vicinity.
He accounted that about two hundred children are attending the Flemish Primary School. He therefore called for humanitarian assistance to continue boosting his various developmental projects so that more children will be supported to excel in education.
Sankoh told media practitioners that Flemish Institute and Computer Studies was established in 2012 to help educate children and people with disability.
By Alhassan Bangura
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