Sierra Leonean based organization ‘Hope Salone’ scores big in America for Salone kids
Hope Salone a New Jersey non profit, non governmental and non political organization that has been making in-roads in the western area of Freetown, this past weekend-held it first back to school Gift bag for Sierra Leoneans kids and children at the Neema William Park in Franklin Township, Somerset, New Jersey.
Mr Dauda Jawara Mansaray the chairman of the community based organization expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the large crowd of children, parents and members of the organization. He especially praised those parents who traveled from New York and Philadelphia just for their kids to witness this momentous occasion.
Other speakers and executive members of the organization include Mr. Nabie Tarawally (Vice Chairman), Abdul Sie and Fallay (Finacial Secretary), Mr. Polo Sport and Mohamed Tunis(Organizing Secretary), Mr. Alhassan Komeh and Ms. Amina Mustapha (Secretary General) and Ms. Mariama Marah (Public Relation Officer).
Ms. Mustapha highlighted some of the main aims of the Organization. They include support for single parents who cannot go to parent’s teacher conferences or afford to spend time with kids because of work schedules. Ms. Mustapha stressed several important points that they as a community based organization are open to support if and when called upon.
Notable presence at the event was Mr. Foday Mansaray a Community Organizer and long time supporter/adviser to Hope Salone, Mr Dauda Bangura Secretary General of Sierra Leonean National Organization-SLANO, Community Elders – Mr Aziz Nabe, Mr Kai Lebbie, Mr Abdulai Barrie, Mr Ben-Jalloh, Mr Amidu Thoranka, Mr Lamin Alharazim – Chairman of the most talked about Sierra Leone @ 50th anniversary celebrations held last April .
There were so-many other people I cannot name at this time. The Minister Plenipotentiary to the United Nations Leeroy Kabs Kanu who cold not attend because of prior engagements thanked the organizers for their efforts and encouraged them to continue He further went on to say these are the kinds of examples we are expecting all across America in the Sierra Leonean communities.
Other strong ladies in attendance were Ms. Susan Bona, Mrs Mary Alharazim, Mrs. Fatmata Jalloh, Ms. Neneh Bah, Mrs. Fatmata Kanu, Mrs. Sie Conteh, Ms. Mbalu Brima, Mrs. Hannah Kamara, Mrs. Binta Tarlor, Mrs. Martha Bah and a host of key members of the Organization and community at-large. All came out strongly in support of this very important initiative for the Sierra Leonean Community here.
More to come on the priceless gifts distributed to the kids in attendance and the delicious food prepared by all the dedicated volunteers.
by Foday Mansaray, Communication Liaison, African and America Alliance
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