The Member of Parliament for Constituency 048 in Tonkolili District, Hon. Aaron Aruna Koroma on behalf of the Yoni United States of America (YUSA), has donated 300 imported chairs to three schools at Mile 91, Yoni, in northern Sierra Leone.
The schools are Benevolent Islamic Secondary School, Bishop Conforti Agricultural Secondary School and Rainbow Secondary School.
Making a short speech before handing over the chairs, Hon. Aaron said the donations were part of the many philanthropic activities undertaken by YUSA. He said the organization had been making donations to different institutions and schools at Yoni, saying if the schools take good care of the chairs they would continue to benefit from the organization.
According to Hon. Aaron, the donations should not be seen as a political project but rather to celebrate and showcase the good things done by young men and women from Yoni who were based in the USA. He added that they [the older generation] were not so lucky to enjoy such facilities during theirschool days, adding that all they (YUSA) required from the pupils, especially those taking public examinations, was to pass with flying colours.
The Member of Parliament encouraged the beneficiaries to put more efforts on their education in order to persuade YUSA to do more and at the same time challenge themselves for a better tomorrow and to continue to pray for YUSA members.
Hon. Aaron pleaded to the pupils to take advantage of the donations beinggiven them as they now had more trained and qualified teachers than before.He stressed that thanking YUSA could not be even enough though their interest was to see more graduates from Yoni and promised to factor some primary schools in the next donation.
The MP concluded that due to the number of road crashes along the Bo-Freetown highway and the poor health system in the country, he was now planning to build a hospital and to also use his lobbying skills to bring more good things to Mile 91 through their collaboration.
The president of YUSA, Samuel Koroma who spoke via audio, said the organization was formed by a group of people from Yoni and that all they were doing was to give back to the place where they hailed from.
The Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union (SLTU) Vice Chairman, David S. Koroma, thanked the MP and YUSA for their numerous contributions. According to him, though the donations were not the first but that they came at the right time. He assured the donors that they would make good use of the items and that the pupils would surely deliver.
SLTU Secretary General in Tonkolili District, Mohamed S. Kabia, said the donations should not be seen as ordinary gifts but ones that would transform the pupils’ lives to be able to contribute to society. He thanked the MP who was always there for them while commending YUSA for the assistance.
The vote of thanks was done by the Head Boy of BCASS, Lamin S. Gbla.
The ceremony took place at Bongo Land Entertainment Complex at Mile 91 and was chaired by Khalil I. Fofanah.