DONATION OF SCHOOL BENCHES
The Seventh-day Adventist Church brings joy in the hearts of pupils in Abobo.
[Photo: Pastor Elie Weick-Dido greeting the pupils]
The General Association of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of the West-Central Africa Division has once again given a very big smile to the population of Abobo by a donation of school benches estimated at 9,000,000 F Cfa.
The IEP of Abobo Houantoue experienced on November 13, 2018 an atmosphere of joy. This school complex of 15 primary schools and 3 kindergartens was visited by the Division, led by Pastor Elie WeicK-Dido, President of this religious body, accompanied by some of his collaborators and workers who came to support the action of the Church.
In fact, this is the second time the Division is helping Abobo in the education sector in some primary schools through donations. This donation shows the importance Adventists give to education as a whole, and that of children in particular. Let’s note that in this municipality, Pasteur Elie and his institution already provided for deworming equipment at EPP Gendarmerie 1, 2 and 3. These materials allowed the Church deworming more than 17,000 pupils. In addition to this action, a donation of health materials estimated to more than one billion Francs Cfa was offered to Côte d’Ivoire government.
[Photo: Interview with Pastor Élie Weick-Dido]
According to Pastor Elie Weick, the government cannot meet alone the needs of its population. It is therefore necessary to help our authorities and that is why actions like today’s donation is appreciated especially in this school. To better study and succeed, you must not only be in good health condition, but also have the necessary commodities. We see today that, despite the efforts of our leaders, we still have a long way to go in supporting the education system in areas like Abobo.
The visit of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on this November 13, 2018, is part of the logic compelling us as a religious body, but also a social entity to support the government of this country. Indeed, 300 school benches were offered to this school who was in need, because the pupils were facing challenges regarding on how to get a seat. They are three or even four on the same bench. This is not easy at all. These benches despite their number will help both pupils and teachers. According to the Head of this school, there are more than 5000 pupils fighting to get a place to seat for their lecturers every day.
[Photo: Pasteur Division Élie Weick-Dido Address]
After the welcoming address of the authorities, the President of the Division amounting the stage thanked the school leaders for their good words spoken about the donor. Mr. Diakité, senior adviser to the Inspector who represented him, thanked the Church for the choice made on their zone, and especially on this particular school.
[Photo: Mr. Nanté Kouassi, General Secretary of DREN Abidjan 4]
For Mr. Nanté Kouassi, Secretary General of the DREN Abidjan 4, representing Mrs. Diaby, Regional Director of the said DREN, expressed his appreciation and pray that such donations should be done in order to help the government: “I wish other Churches and even NGO support the efforts of the authorities of this country by such donations”. Diaby Almami, the student representative, also thanked the Seventh-day Adventist Church for such a wonderful gift.
[Photo: Pastor Élie Weick-Dido receving a gift]
Looking at what was offered, the administration of the school presented a gift to Pastor Elie Weick on which on could read: “Before we were 4 on the same bench, but now we are only 2 and I am happy."
Participated to this ceremony, the pressmen, the teachers of the school and the representatives of the various authorities of the DREN and the Inspection. The West-Central Africa Division was represented by its President, Pastor Weick, some heads of departments, Pastor Same Vincent and his wife, Pastor James Badu, Elder Furaha and his wife, Elders Tanon Simeon, Pierre Claver and Mrs. Afolayan, Falayi, Bello.
This gathering that started by 9:45 a.m. ended around 11:45 a.m. with a cocktail offered by President Weick.