During the handing over of assorted building materials for the recommencement of the building, the Global Chairman of AWOL Amb. Anthony Navo Jnr. stated that the venture is to give hope and inspire school pupils to work hard and aspire for higher heights.
He said the value of education to the development of any nation cannot be overemphasized. He pointed out that their presence as AWOL members will inspire the children to work hard and focus on their education.
The construction of the school was halted as a result of the outbreak of the eradicated Ebola Virus Disease and the death of Amb. Moseray Fadika.
He said the project was pioneered by the organisation’s late godfather Amb. Gibril Santigie Moseray Fadika before his demised.
Amb. Navo mentioned that AWOL is currently working with the 5th Infant Brigade at Gondama to construct a befitting school for school children that will be named after the late Godfather.
Amb. Navo said AWOL introduced the school feeding and awards program in 2007 and has since been an important annual event in its calendar of activities. He recounted that over the years the organisation has reached out to school children in many deprived communities across Sierra Leone, including Kroo Bay and Mabella in Freetown.
He ascertained that AWOL has tried to reaffirming its faith in the possibilities of the future of children; and the future of Sierra Leone as a whole. He promised completing the school before the next academic school year.
Speaking to at the ceremony in Gondama, one of the philanthropist executives of AWOL Sahr Ngegba who is the organisation’s Chief of Staff noted that there are series of events been undertaken by the organisation all of which are geared towards charity and giving back to society.
The series of events, he said, will aim at rescuing the dying image the country once had in terms of education, history, development and whilst it will also try to showcase its unique culture and tradition, tourist, and investment potential.
He noted that AWOL had realized that nationals as well as the rest of the world have forgotten a lot about the contribution of Sierra Leone in Regional and global development and that not much is known about the development potential of the country to both citizens and the world at large; this he went on will be showcased for all to see by AWOL as its contribution to not only account for what Sierra Leone has gained, but create a platform for other Sierra Leoneans to give back to Society.
In his statement, the Deputy godfather of AWOL Lawyer Kweku Lisk said the organisation is bent on protecting the legacies of its late godfather Moseray Fadika. He said the development of Sierra Leone and giving to the needy was paramount in Moseray’s agenda.
He recounted that the Moseray Fadika was very much passionate about the school project in Gondama. He said the late godfather had always wanted Gondama to be an epitome of AWOL, while pledging commitment to making that a reality even in his absence. He said AWOL will ensure they construct a state of the art building for the pupils in that part of the country.
He said AWOL is a not-for-profit and apolitical development organization complementing efforts of the Government of Sierra Leone and its partners in nation building. He revealed AWOL comprises of Sierra Leoneans from various vocations of life such as entrepreneurs, lawyers, media practitioners, bankers, lecturers, teachers, engineers, doctors, etc. who share a common aspiration to genuinely give back to society and contribute to the cause of nation building.