In line with our philosophy of Giving Back, AWOL periodically engages vulnerable sections of Sierra Leonean society in an effort to address burning social issues and complementing Government’s effort in nation building. Even before organizing the maiden National Achievement Awards in 2002, AWOL started off by making meaningful contributions to national health and education.
In 2002 AWOL donated an X-ray machine worth about USD80, 000 to the X-ray Department of Connaught Hospital in Freetown which was lacking one at the time. In addition to the donation, AWOL members volunteered themselves to scrub and paint the X-ray Department, a gesture of humility greatly admired by all. In the area of education, AWOL initially made it a policy to periodically provide scholarships to deserving pupils and students through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
However, in 2009, AWOL initiated an Awards and Feeding programme for school children across the country. Because of its success (and positive experience gained) the programme has since being an annual AWOL event like the NAA. (This year, 2017, the program resumed provision of food, refreshment, entertainment and scholarships that covered fees, uniforms and learning materials to selected primary school pupils in Marampa, Port Loko District, in the North and Gondama, Bo District, in the South.
This year’s school feeding and awards program targeted 1000 school children in each of the two regions and provided scholarship for 150 pupils in Gondama and 150 in Marampa. In Gondama, AWOL recommenced work on the completion of its Gondama school project which will be named after the organisation’s late godfather, Amb. Moseray Gibril Fadika.) On January 16th 2010 AWOL intervened in a humanitarian situation at Fogbo village, in the Koya Rural District, where fire gutted about 48 houses and rendered more than 500 people homeless. AWOL travelled to Fogbo and sympathized with the victims by donating bundles of zinc, bags of rice, clothing and footballs.
AWOL’s intervention was planned and executed within 48hrs. This prompt and decisive humanitarian move by AWOL turned the spotlight on the remote village of Fogbo which led to more donations from other well-meaning organisations and individuals. In 2011, AWOL contributed immensely in the successful celebration of our country’s 50th Independence Anniversary. AWOL collaborated with the 50th Independence Anniversary National Planning Committee in the launching and implementation of the National Cleaning and Beautification Project.
In addition, on Independence Day 27th April, 2011, AWOL hosted a free musical jamboree at the National Stadium which featured our local artists alongside their international counterparts, and was attended by His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and his Vice the Honourable Chief Sam Sumana. In 2014, during the Ebola outbreak, AWOL donated food and relief items countrywide ahead of a 3-Day Ebola Lockdown announced by the Government of Sierra Leone in the sustained fight against the Ebola scourge. The donation mainly targeted quarantined households, disabled and deprived communities across the country; and was distributed to representatives from the 12 districts for the use of the DHMT. In 2017, as part of its contribution to the rescue of victims of the mudslide and flooding in Freetown, AWOL donated the sum of Le100 million to the Government of Sierra Leone.