Iron Lady Romances With Pupils


By Pateh Bah

Grassroots Women Empowerment Network Solution (GWENS) during the last festive season organized a Christmas splash for pupils from various communities at the residence of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder at Femi Turner Drive, Goderich, west of the capital.

The event which was characterised by a talent show, feeding program and other activities including musical chair and quiz competition, attracted many pupils from different communities including but not limited to Brookfields, Tengbeh Town, Lumley and Gbendumbu.

There were general prizes for participants, most of which were school materials. The two best quizzers from the male and female categories, Patrick Moseray, a Junior Secondary School (JSS1) pupil from the Sengbe Pieh Memorial Secondary School, and Ramatu Koroma, a Junior Secondary School (JSS2) pupil from the Annie Walsh Memorial School received a bag of rice each in addition to other prizes.

In her keynote address, the CEO and Founder, Madam Kadie Mansaray disclosed that GWENS is a charitable organization which seeks to cater for the needs of vulnerable women and children. She noted that the wellbeing of women and children remains key to their operations, adding that the organisation was formed to, among other things, complement government’s efforts.

The CEO and Founder furthered that GWENS also seeks to protect the rights of vulnerable women and children and at the same time, provides opportunities for beneficiaries. Madam Mansaray pointed out that certain women engaged in agriculture lack access to credit facilities which, she said, remains a thorny issue. She therefore pledged her organization’s commitment to provide affordable financing for them.

Madam Kadie Mansaray also expressed thanks and appreciations to her able husband, Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray, who is the current Deputy Leader and Chairman of the governing All People’s Congress (APC) party as well as Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, for his moral and financial support to GWENS. She also thanked the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank and other partners that financially supported GWENS to organize the annual event. According to Madam Mansaray, it was the second annual event they have organized to cater to the needs of children to ensure that they feel belonged and also create a platform for them to exhibit their talents. She therefore appealed to more partners to come on board as, according to her, the organization is in dire need of funding.

On his part, the GWENS Coordinator, Mr. Brima Mansaray admonished pupils to learn to be loving and accommodating. He urged them to be hard working as there is always prize for hard work as there is always dignity in labour.

The occasion was climaxed with the feeding programme for the pupils.