Maria’s School Receives Thousand-Lake Natural Museum Support

Sierra Leonean Model and philanthropist, Maria Kargbo

Director of the Thousand-Lake Natural Museum in Hangzhou, Li Yuezhuo through Mariatu Kargbo Foundation and Sierra Leone Acting Ambassador to China, Madam Kumba Momoh has provided one-year stipend to teachers of the Maria’s Primary School in Sierra Leone.

The event which took place at the school ground, Grafton Polio Community past Friday brought smiles on faces of the teachers. In her remarks, Sierra Leone Acting Ambassador to China Madam Kumba Momoh described her presence in the school as one that brought  her memories.

She said Maria is a woman that has a cheerful heart as faces of the children rekindled her thoughts and mind. “It doesn’t matter which area one comes from, education should be the key to life”, she stated. ambassador Momoh thanked the teachers and Maria for their gesture towards the growth of children as not everyone will do such thing even when they have the money to help.

She said she will do all she can to ensure that the school gets the Ministry of education registration.

Madam Kumba Momoh while calling on the children to take their school work seriously promised to give double of the Le 10 Million donated by the Thousand-Lake Natural Museum as a way of contributing to their wellbeing and Le 1,500, 000 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand) donated by Maria to the orphanage home.

Sierra Leone Cultural Ambassador to China and a philanthropist, Mariatu Kargbo while presenting the money to the head teacher, reflected on the day she first visited that community in 2004 and how she used the first money she made out of the Album she sold during her first visit to China Title “Mama Africa Album” to support the disable people.

She said from 2004 to date, she is grateful to God for His provision to support them.

“I was dancing with fire and later I change to celebrity. I am fighting it hard to help others. When I am not able to give, I usually meet other people for them to give assistance.”

Maria said her brother who is the Director of Thousand-Lake Natural Museum, Li Yuezhuo provided the money which they presented.

She said she visited the school to also get first-hand information and what to do at the end.

Maria also used the opportunity to sensitize the people about their right to vote but refused to tell them the party they should vote for rather advised them to vote wisely.

“I am not telling you to vote for red or green but vote your conscience. Let nobody charge you to fight in this election, your vote is your right. Once you have said you are with Maria, stay with Maria but if you decide to change Maria now when will other person come to your aid. What I am earning is through dancing.  Vote because you know that more changes will come.”

Head Teacher of the Maria’s primary School, Lamrana Jalloh expressed joy for such move taken by Maria and team. She thanked them for their timely intervention.

She reflected that the school started with one class room.

“It is my dream to help others; the children in this community are vulnerable. Maria was the first that came to our aid and whenever we asked her, she will always fine means to support us.”

Madam Jalloh said there are lots of rich people in the country that are earning more than Maria but they can’t support them.

She said the school has 10 teachers that are not receiving anything from government and over 400 children both physical challenge and able body are attending the school from nursery to primary.

Sennor Kamara, Community Chairman gave a background about the school and described the day as another laudable one.

“We will not say Maria will do everything for us. Up to this time we have not gotten government approval”

Story by Joenal 


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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.


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