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Mercury International boosts blind and deaf schools
Mercury International boosts blind and deaf schools « Awoko Newspaper
In a bid to promote education for disable children in Sierra Leone, Mercury International over the weekend handed over a cheque of Le 30 million to the Milton Margai School of the Blind and the National School of the Deaf at Wilkinson Road in Freetown.
According to Martin Michael of Mercury International, the donation came as a result of their commitment and determination to return profits back to the society by fulfilling their corporate social responsibility to the needy.
He said we are always happy to work with Blind School and we will continue to assist the school annually.
Martin Michael stated that Mercury International prides itself as the leader in fulfilling corporate social responsibility to the communities they operate.
He made mention of previous contributions of Mercury International to the school in funding the construction of a multi-purpose stage and the provision of cupboards for all the classrooms at the blind school.
The Chairman, Board of Directors of Mercury International, Samir Hanssanyeh, before handing over the cheques to the Head Master of Blind and Deaf school said the donation is for the improvement of the school and its facilities.
He implored the school administration to judiciously utilize the donation for its intended purpose.
Earlier the Head Master of Blind School, Alfred Sandy, expressed gratitude to Mercury International for the donation stating that the meager government subvention has not been forthcoming to the school and called on others to emulate the good example of Mercury International.
He said Blind School provides primary and secondary education for the visually impaired and also facilitates the unification of the disable with the able, adding that some of the blind pupils are preparing to go to studio to record independence songs on Audio and VCD.
The Headmistress of the National School for the Deaf, Madam Winifred Williams, also commended Mercury International for the assistance, noting that the money will be used to purchase tools for the vocational workshop.
Singing and dancing by cross section of the blind and deaf pupils climaxed by the ceremony.
"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
- Helen Keller