Students Extol Sime Darby over Allowance Raise

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For the 51 students at various tertiary institutions benefiting from Sime Darby’s scholarship program, the increment of their allowance from US$45 to US$135 amid the deadly

Ebola outbreak is far from a corporate social responsibility. It is a great sense of humanity that any company would consider.
The Sime Darby Foundation had always given beneficiaries of its scholarship in Liberia the US$45 but decided to increase the amount after Ebola struck the country, leaving schools closed. And with economic activities taking a nosedive, the Malaysian company decided to come to the rescue of its students.

“Currently, we are in the Ebola crisis and the company is cognizant that those students who are pursuing their education will need more financial support. We are hoping that this will help them in many ways, especially their family members, so that when school resumes they can be high spirit,” explained David Kolleh, head of communications.
The new allowance regime is to last until Ebola is finally eradicated and normalcy returns when the economy begins taking its first step out of recession.
However, students cannot hold a great sense of gratitude to Sime Darby, especially being at the center of this impactful initiative embarked upon by the world’s largest oil palm brand.
“I think this is a fine gesture that will not only give us strength and hope but also the vision and an insight into that vision being achieved,” says Adama Seh, a student of the University of Liberia who has been benefiting from the scholarship since 2013.
“I owe Sime Darby a lot that is why I am planning to work for them after I complete my sojourn at the university,” he continues.
“The economic situation is difficult where I come from; this US$135 is helping me greatly.
For Hannah Karnwhiene, an agriculture student at the Stella Maris Polytechnic in Monrovia, it is like a dream never dreamt.
“I am proud of Sime Darby. I, as a student, was not even thinking about it. I thank Sime Darby for the continued support it has given us,” she expresses her gratitude.
Karnwhiene hopes that upon completion of her studies, she would join Sime Darby and contribute to the productivity of its workforce and is at the same time urging Liberians to take advantage of the opportunity the company is giving to rebuild their country.
Sime Darby has been a leader in the combat against Ebola in Liberia, especially in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties.
Recently, the oil palm giant collaborated with Malaysian government in the shipment of 5.7 million clinical gloves to the Liberian government. Before that, the company collaborated with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on a US$167,000 Ebola awareness program.