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Tragedy hits in Sierra Leone

Tragedy hits in Sierra Leone

Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the recent mudslide in Sierra Leone. 499 people so far have lost their lives, with 600 still missing and more than 3,000 who have lost their homes. As Alan says: 'It is such a tragedy, especially after the ebola situation, and it seems so unfair that a country that has so little has to ensure so much.'

GAGA Trustee Alan supports 4 schools in the Freetown are of Sierra Leone. We are sad to have heard that 8 children attending these schools, lost their lives in the recent emergency. 6 of the children had attended the Liverpool School and 2 the Banbury International School. These children were visiting family in the area where the mudslide took place. When the schools return in September, there may be more sad news to share.

Our thoughts are with the families and schools of these 8 children.

Alan's News from Sierra Leone

Alan's News from Sierra Leone

GAGA Trustee Alan, continues his great work in supporting various schools in Sierra Leone. We've had news on the work at these schools - you can follow Alan on Twitter here, and download his newsletters. Alternatively, just get in touch to get his news straight to your inbox!

Rainwater harvesting systems have recently been installed at Liverpool Community School and as the rainy season begins the benefit of the systems is already being appreciated. The Headteacher of the school says 'Pure water is very difficult to access locally so people in our community are very happy for these facilities you have provided.' Handwash stations have also been added, thanks to fundraising at UK school Willesley Primary. The headteacher thanks everyone, stating: 'we regard it as a necessity...  Basic day to day hygiene is an issue for the school children and the rainy season is always associated with an increase in water borne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera. The provision of handwash stations will reduce the risks...'

At the Christian Hope School a new roof and ceilings have been completed after the rainy season created damage to the almost 20 year old building.

In the past 12 months Alan has raised over £27,000 for the projects he supports in Sierra Leone.

The latest from Sierra Leone

The latest from Sierra Leone

We've received GAGA Trustee Alan's latest newsletter on his work in Sierra Leone, supported by GAGA UK.

Last year, the Woodstock & Kidlington Rotary group set up a 100 club and donated over £1,500 to GAGA UK for a rainwater harvesting system in Sierra Leone. This money, along with some match-funding, has now enabled Alan to help install rainwater harvesting systems on all 4 classrooms at the Banbury International Community School in Waterloo. They've also added a handwash station at the toilet block.

Alan is fundraising for other schools, and has much more going on. You can click here to view Alan's Twitter feed and download more news.

Alan ships donations to Zambia

Alan ships donations to Zambia

GAGA UK Trustee Alan Wolstencroft recently sent 70 boxes of donated childrens clothing, sports kit, knitted baby wear and knitted blankets to the Wye Valley Zambia Project, a project supported by the Rotary Club of Bourne End and Cookham and the Wye Valley Interact Club. They work with a charity called Operation Sunshie who support several communities in Zambia and regularly send shipping containers to the country.

All the items had been donated to Alan to support his work in Sierra Leone as well as elsewhere in Africa through GAGA UK. As there were no plans to ship to either South Africa or Sierra Leone (due to the high costs involved) we decided to support this fantastic project.

The container is still on the water and we hope to get some photos of the items once they have been distributed in country.

GAGA Director Sarah will soon be visiting South Africa and will be taking some knitted donations with her (as much as she can squeeze in her suitcase). If you've donated something to Sarah over the past few months, you should receive some photos in August but drop us an email if not (sarah@gaga-uk.org).

The latest from Alan's Block Appeal

The latest from Alan's Block Appeal

Alan has sent in some photographs of the progress at the Liverpool Community School he supports in Sierra Leone. 

They recently suffered from vandalism and so Alan is raising funds through his 'Buy a Block' appeal, to help ensure the safety and security at the school. He has raised over £1,800 in just over a week. 


The work has begun at the school as the first delivery of sand and cement has arrived and the builders have begun making blocks. The builders are all local guys and so it's great that they have the chance to do paid work. So far, they have produced over 1000 blocks!



Please click here if you would like to donate. 

Buy a Block!

Buy a Block!

GAGA Trustee Alan has begun a new fundraising campaign for the projects he supports, with the backing of GAGA UK, in Sierra Leone. 

Alan wishes to strengthen a retaining wall at the Liverpool Community School in Freetown, Sierra Leone. A retaining wall was built to prevent water egress from a nearby stream during the 'rains'. Recently however, the school was broken in to with furniture and stationery being stolen, and damage to the ceilings, veranda and classrooms being caused. Alan hopes to extend the retaining wall to form a security wall around the school. 

This is an unforseen but necessary measure. 

Can you buy a block and help secure this school?

Blocks are just £1 each and if you would like to participate you can sponsor any number you wish. 

Click here to donate (Please reference BLOCK when you donate, when you are asked to leave a message). 

Alan, the Charitable Champion

Alan, the Charitable Champion

At the recent British Independent Retail Association (BIRA) Community Awards our Vice Chairman of Trustees, Alan Wolstencroft, was awarded a Highly Commended Certificate in the Charitable Champion Award for his outstanding work in Sierra Leone. Not only is Alan fully committed to this work, but is also the owner of Fashion Fabrics in Banbury. He was presented with a certificate, a bottle of champagne and a cheque for £500 towards his ongoing projects. 

Delegates were informed that during the past year, Alan had visited Sierra Leone to check on the development at 3 schools that he, with assistance from GAGA, supports and to launch a building project at a fourth school. 

Since last year's BIRA conference (when Alan won the Retailer of the Year Award), Alan had undertaken 21 speaking engagements raising £9,800 of a total of £24,500 he has raised during the year. Since his first involvement in Sierra Leone, 10 years ago, Alan has raised £156,150 for his school projects, taking his total raised for Sierra Leone and South African projects to £200,515.

Alan acknowledged the support that he receives from his family, his staff, customers and suppliers, BIRA members, Goodwill and Growth for Africa, Banbury Rotary Club, Westminster Group PLC, and dozens of organisations and hundreds of individuals.

Alan explained that every £ goes directly to the projects and that the money will help him to continue to 'make a real difference' in Sierra Leone.

In the last year Alan has supported 4 schools. At the Liverpool Islamic Community School he has helped to pay for the refurbishment of the original 4 classrooms, the installation of a hand pump and improvement to the water well, installed a rainwater harvesting system on one classroom block and built a retaining wall to protect the school buildings during the rainy season. At the Christian Hope School Alan has funded the total refurbishment of the junior school toilet block. At Calvary Primary School 5 classrooms have been refurbished, and second hand furniture provided. At the Good News Community School they had 2 new classrooms built, as well as a toilet block, to create the first phase of a new school. 

Wow!

 

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

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GAGA Trustee Alan has also been updating us on his efforts in Sierra Leone. Recently, a new classroom block and toilet block have been opened at a school he supports in Freetown. There was a great celebration when the buildings were completed and opened and all within the community were 'proud to have a real community school. It is something which many of them have dreamt of for a long time.' Read more here

Alan's Latest News

Alan's Latest News

Alan's latest newsletter on his work in Sierra Leone is full of wonderful news. 

Take a read by clicking here

Alan has raised funds towards a two classroom block at the Good News Pentecostal Community School. The local Pastor sent a message of thanks: 'Last year at this time Sierra Leone was going through a dark period in its history and we were struggling to survive. We want to acknowledge and thank you and your partners for supporting the school project and therefore providing us all with hope for a better future.'

Read more about the daughter of a Reading Rotarian visiting Sierra Leone, see pictures of the progress of the buidling work and hear from Liverpool Community School. 

The latest from Alan

The latest from Alan

GAGA Trustee Alan, has sent us his latest news from his projects in Sierra Leone. 

There are developments at the Good News Pentecostal Community in Freetown, with building and improvements to the school soon to begin. Click here to read more. 

This year marks the 10th year of Alan's work in Sierra Leone. Click here to read more about the projects he has supported over the years. He has raised over £176,000 in those 10 years, for various projects. With the support of Rotary, GAGA UK, and a huge number of other organisations and individuals, he has made a huge difference in Sierra Leone. 

The Wycombe Waterloo Well, Sierra Leone

The Wycombe Waterloo Well, Sierra Leone

To find out all the latest news from Alan and his work in Sierra Leone, which is supported by GAGA, click here.

Alan has been working hard securing funding for a number of projects. GAGA has in the past provided funding towards his work in Sierra Leone; he has also found fundings from the High Wycombe Rotary Club, as explained in the attached document. Thank you to all those who support Alan, GAGA and these very worthwhile projects. 

Joy in Sierra Leone

Joy in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone has some good news today as the last ebola patient ends her treatment. The country has now gone 42 days without a new case. There will be fear for some time however, that a new case may emerge. There is a long road ahead before Sierra Leone has fully recovered from the crisis. Ebolas has left a legacy of grief and trauma and has further worsened the country's and individuals' economic problems; over 3,500 people are know to have died from the virus in Sierra Leone alone. 
As Vanessa, medical director of IMC, said "for me it is a celebration, but also a day of remembrance for all those whohave lost their lives,and a day of appreciation of the thousands of national and international people who have fought against this disease. So it is mixed emotions today."

Read more here

 

Wycombe Waterloo Well

Wycombe Waterloo Well

Alan, GAGA Trustee, has been at it again and has managed to raise funds for another fantastic project in Sierra Leone. 

Alan has now received pictures of a new well that has been installed at the Waterloo School in Freetown. Alan visited the school in June and met with the school Board and the builders; he then released the funds for the project and the school are so grateful. 'We are very grateful to you and your sponsors as this facility has made a big difference and has delivered the School and Community from poor drinking water to a pure drinking water well - we are no safe and we all say thank you.'

What fantastic news - well done to Alan, and a big thank you to High Wycombe Rotary Club who raised £1,125 to see the project through.

Read more here

All the latest from Alan in Sierra Leone

All the latest from Alan in Sierra Leone

Alan, a GAGA Trustee, has recently returned from a visit to projects he supports, along with GAGA, in Sierra Leone. Alan fundraises through talks and other means, raising money for 3 different schools in the country. We support Alan in this work, and are proud that he is making a real difference. Click here to read more about his recent trip, and here to read more about how it all began and the achievements made over the past few years. Alan's recent trip saw him taking a huge amount of donations to schools and communities, of uniforms, books, stationery etc thanks to the Westminster Group Foundation. Alan was also able to visit the three schools he fundraises for, all of which were effected in different ways by the Ebola crisis. 

Schools are opening, but problems remain

Schools are opening, but problems remain

"The ebola crisis kept Sierra Leone's 1.8 million children out of education for the best part of a year. Now schools are reopening, but the education system is still beset with problems, with the legacy of Ebola leaving some families too poor to afford schooling, and pregnant teenagers being deprived of education." Watch the Guardian's video here to find out more and get a real insight in to the lives of those suffering in the wake of the crisis. 

Alan returns to Sierra Leone

Alan returns to Sierra Leone

Our trustee Alan Wolstencroft, has this week returned to Sierra Leone. In partnership with the Westminster Group PLC Alan flew out on Saturday to visit the schools he has tirelessly fundraised for. We support Alan in all that he does in Sierra Leone and are looking forward to hearing all about his trip. In just a couple of days Alan has already visited three schools and has an appointment with the President of Sierra Leone. He has also emptied a 40 foot sea freight container of donated good ready for distribution to 4 communities, 2 other charities and the Westminster Group Foundation. 

Trustee Wins Charitable Champion Award

Trustee Wins Charitable Champion Award

At the recent British Independent Retail Association (BIRA) Community Awards, our Trustee Alan Wolstencroft, the owner of Fashion Fabrics in Banbury, was awarded the Charitable Champion Award for his outstanding work in Sierra Leone. 
Although Alan has not visited Sierra Leone over the past year (due to the Ebola crisis), he has continued to fundraise for the development of 3 schools that he supports. He has undergone various talks, raising £33,600 over the past year. Since his first involvement in Sierra Leone 10 years ago, Alan has raised over £124, 000 for the projects. 
Alan was presented with a certificate and a cheque for £1000 towards his projects. Alan hopes to return to Sierra Leone in June and some of the money may be used to pay school fees for children whose families cannot afford to pay the fees due to the increased cost of living after the ebola crisis. 
Alan acknowledged the support he receives from his family, his staff, customers and suppliers, as well as BIRA members, the Westminster Group PLC, Banbury Rotary Club and GAGA UK. Congratulations to Alan on winning the award, we are all very proud of him here at GAGA, for making such a real difference to the lives of others. Keep up the great work! 

Christian Hope School complete classroom building

Christian Hope School complete classroom building

The Christian Hope School in Sierra Leone now has two new classrooms. The two classroom building took just over 12 weeks to complete, and is now ready for use at the school which has recently re-opened after 7 months. The classrooms are also stocked with new desks and chairs. You can find out more about the projects supported by Alan Wolstencroft and GAGA here

Schools re-open in Sierra Leone today

Schools re-open in Sierra Leone today

Good news for schools in Sierra Leone today as they reopen after 8 months. Although there's a long way to go to get life back to some kind of normality after the Ebola crisis, at least for pupils and staff at the schools, it's a start. GAGA, in connection with Alan Wolstencroft, support 3 schools in Sierra Leone and we look forward to hearing updates from them on how their pupils are re-adjusting.

The Ebola crisis has caused much devastation and precautions against the disease must continue. Over 3,800 people lost their lives in Sierra Leone, to Ebola, bringing new problems to communities already struggling with poverty and disease. 

Find out more about our projects in Sierra Leone here, and read more on this particular story here 

 

Schools set to re-open in Sierra Leone

Schools set to re-open in Sierra Leone

Schools are set to re-open in Sierra Leone in April, after a seven month break due to the Ebola crisis. The number of new cases of Ebola in the country are dropping, but there is still a long way to go to help communities get back on their feet. Read more about the work being done by Alan at a number of schools, with the support of GAGA, here

Alan proves his commitment to Sierra Leone

Alan proves his commitment to Sierra Leone

We all know how committed Alan is to Sierra Leone, but this time he has gone over and above what’s expected to prove it. Why? Well he, like all of us, has a lot to celebrate as Sierra Leone emerges from the Ebola Crisis.

Read more in Alan’s newsletter...

A New Year for Sierra Leone

A New Year for Sierra Leone

Read the latest update from Alan - about the good news, coming from Sierra Leone

Click here

Some good news from Sierra Leone

Some good news from Sierra Leone

As you will all now the Ebola pandemic rages on in Sierra Leone. However, there are signs that’s thinks are starting to improve, albeit, slowly. There are rumours that schools will reopen in February and for the pupils at the schools that GAGA supports, alongside our Trustee Alan Wolstencroft, they will have a few more reasons to look forward to returning to their studies. 

Read Alan's latest newsletter to find out more. 

Sierra Leone - Ebola Crisis

Sierra Leone - Ebola Crisis

For the past 5 years GAGA has been supporting educational projects in Sierra Leone which are co-ordinated by our Trustee Alan Wolstencroft. This has included the development at 2 schools on the outskirts of Freetown and we have helped fund the building of classrooms and toilet blocks.

Alan works with 3 community schools, none of which are government funded and one of the pre-requisites is that we will fund building projects but not teachers’ salaries, so in this aspect the schools have to self-sustaining. The schools charge all the pupils a nominal termly fee and the income from the fees pay the teacher’s wages.

In Sierra Leone - July and August is their rainy season so there is no school and the students would normally return in early September, however due to the e-bola crisis the government declared a state of emergency banning all public gatherings - including schools. This means that not only are pupils unable to attend school but also fees are not being paid and therefore none of the teachers are receiving a salary. To make matters worse, due to the restrictions on travel and gatherings the cost of living in Sierra Leone has risen by about 20% in the last eight weeks.

We hear so much about the e-bola crisis and whereas we can’t assist with tackling the disease. We can assist those most keenly affected by it and the ramifications of the pandemic. To try and ease the situation for the teachers at the schools GAGA set aside a contingency fund of £1,000 which can be used to pay a subsistence allowance to the teachers. An average monthly salary for a teacher is £30 and the money will be used to help the teachers through this very difficult time. 

Banbury Guardian reports on Alan's work.

Banbury Guardian reports on Alan's work.

Great piece about Alan's, GAGA Trustee and Vice Chairman, work in Sierra Leone. Alan's work, along with his own tremendous efforts, is also supported by GAGA UK.

Read the article here 

Alan comes second in national awards.

Alan comes second in national awards.

Congratulations to Alan the vice chairman of our trustee board who received the Silver Award for Charitable Service from The British Independent Retail Association (BIRA) for his amazing work in Sirra Leone. He recived an award of £500 which will go towards the projects in Sierra Leone.

Phase two completed with phase 3 and 4 on the way

Phase two completed with phase 3 and 4 on the way

There is jubilation in Sierra Leone and the UK today, as phase two of the school building project spearheaded by GAGA trustee; Alan Wolstencroft, completes its second phase. The school in the area of Waterloo, Freetown, Sierra Leone needs a further two phases to complete the project. Alan, has run a great fundraising campaign and numerous donors including GAGA have supported the project.

Here is the latest newsletter for more information

Liverpool Community School, Waterloo, Freetown

Liverpool Community School, Waterloo, Freetown

The school project in Sierra Leone is coming on leaps and bounds. The project has been broken up into phases but already the development of phase two is nearing completion. Thanks to GAGA UK and other donors along with Alan’s co-ordination the classrooms are taking shape. You can read more about the progress from the latest newsletter. 

Sierra Leone Newsletter 

The rapid work rate of Sierra Leone builders

The rapid work rate of Sierra Leone builders

Here is the latest from Alan and the Sierra Leone project. Amazing what is being achieved and only by manual labour!

Latest newsletter 

It's not only the UK - where building is booming

It's not only the UK - where building is booming

We're not sure who is quicker. Alan with his updates or the builders of the new school in Sierra Leone. 

Find out more here. 

Time waits for no man. It doesn't need to in Sierra Leone

Time waits for no man. It doesn't need to in Sierra Leone

Well, no longer than Alan arriving back from Sierra Leone and they have got to roof height on the new classrooms. He is impressed, we are impressed, we hope you are too. 

Read more here

Alan's latest update from Sierra Leone

Alan's latest update from Sierra Leone

GAGA UK Trustee, Alan Wolstencroft has just returned from Sierra Leone. He was there looking at a new project, Waterloo School. The school is in a desperate state and Alan has committed to help raise the funds to support the building of 8 new classrooms. GAGA has committed £6000 towards this project and look forward to seeing its completion. 

Read Alan's Newsletter Jan 2014

Latest news from Sierra Leone

Latest news from Sierra Leone

Catch up on the latest news from Sierra Leonne, with these newsletter, from our trustee, Alan Wolstencroft. You can also follow Alan on Twitter @AlansAfrica 

September News - Sierra Leone

October News - Sierra Leone 

News from Sierra Leone

News from Sierra Leone

More news form Alan and the projects he is working with in Sierra Leone. 

August news 

NORTH SOMERSET HOUSING ASSOCIATION “make a real difference” in Sierra Leone

NORTH SOMERSET HOUSING ASSOCIATION “make a real difference” in Sierra Leone

The North Somerset Housing Association became part of Alliance Homes and as a result had a significant quantity of good quality second hand corporate clothing that they donated to GAGA earlier this year. This comprised polo shirts, sweatshirts, fleece zippers, waterproof coats and work trousers.

These goods were shipped out to Freetown, Sierra Leone through our Trustee Alan with the support of Westminster Group PLC and were recently distributed in 2 communities in Freetown which Alan has been supporting.

Hi Alan,

Can you please pass on this thank you to the company that gave us the adult corporate clothing. We really appreciate the gift as at this moment of free flow of rain and as the weather is cold at this time of the rains, the adult clothing has made us warm. God bless you all and thank you for this wonderful gift.

Best wishes to you all, Fayah, Waterloo Community, Freetown.

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Hi Alan,

Words cannot express our gratitude and appreciation for the container and all the blue adult clothing for the Lungi community. It is especially relevant as we are in the middle of our rainy season at this very moment.

Many thanks to you Alan, the staff of Westminister, the company who donated the clothing and the charity GAGA

Thanks and god bless you.

Blessings

Pastor Mark Sesay, Lungi

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Latest from Sierra Leone

Latest from Sierra Leone

Read Alan's latest news from Sierra Leone July Newsletter

Read the latest from Sierra Leone

Read the latest from Sierra Leone

Read the latest update from Sierra Leone in Alan's newsletter

Bishop Loveday Primary School, Bodicote, Banbury

Bishop Loveday Primary School, Bodicote, Banbury

The school recently took part in “Book Week” when the children can go dressed as their favourite book character and the children were asked to make a donation towards Christian Hope School in Sierra Leone. The event raised a total of £150.

The money will be used to help create a library area in one of the classrooms at Christian Hope - it is really so appropriate that funds from “Book Week” are supporting this project.

This academic year the school have so far raised £553 in support of projects at Christian Hope School. On behalf of GAGA and everyone at Christian Hope School we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the pupils, parents and staff for their donations and for their continued support in helping us to “make a real difference”. 

PLAY - Sierra Leone

PLAY - Sierra Leone

In January 2013, our Trustee Alan returned to Freetown on his seventh trip - the main purpose was to look at the feasibility of creating a recreation area as there is very little playground space for the 300+ children as the school is situated at the top of a hill.

BUT before sanctioning the project he needed to be sure that the location was suitable. After a meeting with the Board of Governors & the local contractor on site & after agreeing terms Alan gave the green light.

The ground slopes 2 ways - the plan was to clear the waste ground, build a solid retaining wall on 2 sides, infill the area to create a level and then lay a concrete base. The difference in height was 3 meters, so a lot of infill.

EVERYTHING done on site is done manually & everything that can be is re-used. Firstly we had to remove 3 trees – 4 guys using machetes & hand axes – the job was completed in 3 hours! All the wood was used to “bake” the rocks that needed to be removed from the building line, these are then all split down, using sledgehammers and lump hammers into 20/25 mm chippings for concreting.

The speed at which these guys, and girls (some ladies break rocks into chippings and fetch water for mixing the concrete from a standpipe half a mile away), is truly amazing. They are so focused on just getting the job done – it will of course benefit the school BUT it also puts food on the table of the local workforce who are involved.

You may notice a couple of wires in the photos – they are the tension wires that support a local radio mast, BUT they were not going to stop us creating a playground!

The recreation area was completed over the Easter weekend on budget and nearly on time! The total cost for the project was £6,125. GAGA contributed £3,800 towards the project to help “make a real difference” for Christian Hope School and the local community. 

Christian Hope School, Sierra Leone - new toilets

Christian Hope School, Sierra Leone - new toilets

With an additional 140+ secondary age students at the school there was a desperate need for an additional toilet block. There is no running water at the school so “long drop” toilets are the only option –the total cost of the project was £4,500.

The project was completed by the end of May & we would like to thank the following organisations for their generous donations towards the project:

Goodwill & Growth for Africa, UK contributed £1,200

The Doris Field Charitable Trust, £1,000

The Rotary Club of Banbury £750

Rotary District 1090 Conference £575

The remaining money was raised by Alan Wolstencroft with talks to a number of local societies/organisations.

The 8 new toilets are a step up from what already exists at the school as rather than just a hole in a concrete base they have purchased ceramic UK style toilets and fitted them over the “long drops”

Christian Hope School, Freetwon, Sierra Leone

Christian Hope School, Freetwon, Sierra Leone

Our Trustee Alan first visited Christian Hope School in November 2005 and has been working in partnership with the school since January 2007 – funding the building of a 6-classroom extension and refurbishing the original classrooms.

Last year GAGA funded the conversion of the basement at Christian Hope into a multi-purpose open plan assembly hall/meeting area which is used by the school and community groups, officially opened at the end of January this year, another great step forward for the school and community.

After completion of the building of the 6-classroom extension in September 2009 the community started secondary classes and there are now 144 secondary age students studying at the school – a major step forward, however with the additional secondary students at Christian Hope there is an urgent need to build a new toilet block to supplement those already there for the junior age children.

There is no running water at the school and it is something that would be very difficult to establish, however the introduction of “long drop” toilets would be a valuable asset to the school.

The toilet block will cost £4,500 and Alan has been personally fundraising and has raised £3,300 for the project. The money has been sent out to Sierra Leone so that all the materials can be purchased and delivered to the school site and the work is now in progress.

Goodwill & Growth for Africa UK has just donated £1,200 to complete the funding of the project, which is a 3 – 4 week building programme, and it is hoped that the project will be completed before the onset of the rainy season at the end of May.

Christian Hope School, Sierra Leone - Grand opening

Christian Hope School, Sierra Leone - Grand opening

 

On Sunday 29th January the assembly hall at Christian Hope School was officially opened!!

 

In attendance were representatives from the Ministry of Education, local community elders and dignitaries, and staff, pupils and parents from the school. The hall will be used for assemblies, presentations, parents evenings, end of year graduation ceremonies and community events.

 

Goodwill & Growth for Africa UK were the principal funder and paid for all the construction materials and labour costs (£4,200). The furniture was funded jointly by The Rotary Club of Banbury and Rotary International District 1090 (£1,200) and our Trustee Alan raised a further £500 and co-ordinated the project as part of his ongoing relationship with Christian Hope School.  

 

Since the completion of the 6 classroom extension in May 2009 secondary education has started at the school and the latest news is that there are now 144 secondary students at the school.

 

The Headteacher at Christian Hope, Pastor Joseph, e-mailed Alan after the opening ceremony and said “Brother Alan, many thanks to you and all the donors and supporters in the UK for all you have done for the school, the community and the country at large. With the creation of the 6 extra classrooms you have enabled us to start secondary education at the school and reduce the number of children in the junior school classes and this will greatly assist the standard of education. The building of the assembly hall has provided us with a very useful space which can be used for many different functions and the entire community is grateful to you all for the wonderful support you have given to us”.

 

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