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Bombali Launches Project for Elderly Sierra Leoneans in UK

Bombali Launches Project for Elderly Sierra Leoneans in UK

The Silver Age Be Friendly Project initiated by the Bombali Development Association, has been launched last Saturday, 12th December 2009, in grand style. (Photo: Social Secretary Jamal Jalloh and out-going High Commissioner Melvin Chalobah)

Launched by Sierra Leone’s out-going High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, HE Melvin Chalobah, the programme was attended by a cross-section of Sierra Leoneans from various groups within the United Kingdom.

HE Chalobah thanked Bombali Development Association for the initiative in taking care of elderly Sierra Leoneans in the United Kingdom.

He said it has been the culture of Sierra Leoneans to care for the aged and expressed his impression that Bombali has been able to continue with that tradition here in the UK.

“I am excited to launch such a great project,” Chalobah said.

Chairman of Bombali Association Abdul Rahman, while making a statement on behalf of his association, said his association has been engaged in developmental activities back home since their formation by way of complimenting government’s programmes.

He disclosed that an estimated total of £35,000 has been spent on donations especially in areas of development and education back home and called on their patrons and supporters to continue to render them assistance.

“We need your financial support at all times and therefore we’ll be coming after your money to make better use of it for our people down in Sierra Leone,” Dura said.

Earlier, the Secretary General of the association gave a brief background of the association which he said was formed back in 1994, as a social club, but which was later transformed to a humanitarian organization to help their people back home as a result of the outbreak of the civil war in Sierra Leone.

Abu Bakarr, known popularly as Kadilak, who also introduced his Chairman and other members of the association, catalogued some of their achievements that include the purchase of £10,000 lorry tipper and wheelbarrows to help towards the sanitation exercise of their district.

Social Secretary Jamal Jalloh welcomed the guests and introduced the Secretary General of the association who also chaired the occasion.

The Silver Age Be Friendly Project was funded by the Southwalk Council in London, who were also represented at the launching ceremony at the Walworth Community Centre, Peacock Estate, Rodney Road, South-east London.

Bombali Development Association has made outstanding contributions not only to Sierra Leoneans back home, but also here in the United Kingdom – this latest development will no doubt boost their morale both locally and internationally.

Sorie Sudan Sesay, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone High Commission, UK/NI

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