Mercury Int. Saves The Blind

By Martin Wusha Conteh
Presentation at the King George Memorial home

In a bid to promote education for disabled children in Sierra Leone, Mercury International on Wednesday handed over a cheque of twenty million Leones (Le 20M) to the Milton Margai School for the Blind on Wilkinson Road in Freetown and the King George`s VI Memorial home for the aged.

In his statement before handing over the cheque to the Deputy Head Master of the school, Hassan Kamara, the Chairman, Board of Directors of Mercury International, Samir Hanssanyeh 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.

He said the donation came as a result of their commitment and determination to return the profits the company has realized back to society as a way of fulfilling their corporate social responsibility to the needy.
He said: “we are always happy to work with the Blind School and we will continue to assist the school annually,” adding that the company will also donate 50 bags to kids in the school. Mercury International, he said, prides itself as the leader in the fulfillment corporate social responsibility to the communities they operate.

Deputy Head Master of Blind School, Hassan Kamara, expressed gratitude to Mercury International for the donation and lamented that the meager government subvention to the school has not been forthcoming and therefore called on others to emulate the good example of Mercury International.
“The donation came at the right time because we are almost about to ask the government to close the school because of the constraints we are facing,” he said

He said Blind School provides primary and secondary education for the visually impaired and also facilitates the unification of the disabled with the able. Singing and dancing by cross section of the blind pupils climaxed by the ceremony.

To the King George’s Home, Mercury International also on Tuesday presented the sum of Le20M cheque.
Hannah Deen, Treasurer at the home, told this medium that the home mainly relies on donations from charity organizations like Mercury, individuals and churches for its survival.
She added that Mercury International has over the years been very supportive for which she expressed appreciation.