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Mamboma Library officially open!

This library was just a dream when Cindy was in Mamboma in October. Many thanks to a long time friend of Schools for Salone who wanted to make this library a dream come true. This “study house” will serve two primary schools and one junior secondary school in the area, over 700 students. The library was officially opened on July 17, 2016 with a wonderful opening ceremony.

NOW we need to fill the shelves with books! Please purchase a book or two for a child so we can make sure every child has access to curriculum textbooks, resource books and reading books that are culturally appropriate.

$8 purchases an 8 book set of books for primary school children.

$32 purchases a 16 book set of reading books written and illustrated by West African authors.

Click HERE to purchase some books!

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Help us fill the library shelves with books for the students!!!

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Mamboma Library becomes a reality!

This library was just a dream when Cindy was in Mamboma in October. Many thanks to a long time friend of Schools for Salone who wanted to make this library a dream come true. This “study house” will serve two primary schools and one junior secondary school in the area, over 700 students. NOW we need to fill the shelves with books! Please purchase a book or two for a child so we can make sure every child has access to curriculum textbooks, resource books and reading books that are culturally appropriate.

$8 purchases an 8 book set of books for primary school children.

$32 purchases a 16 book set of reading books written and illustrated by West African authors.

Click HERE to purchase some books!

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Help us fill the library shelves with books for the students!!!

Click HERE to donate!

Keeping Girls in School!

We are excited to announce that Schools for Salone’s Uman Talk Program is being awarded a $60,000 grant from the US Embassy Sierra Leone!!! This grant will be used to expand our reproductive health education programs and establish a project to make sustainable, reuseable menstruation kits in Sierra Leone. We are honored and thrilled to make this dream a reality for girls and women in Sierra Leone!

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Donate today to help support girls in Sierra Leone! Designate Uman Talk!

Every girl in Sierra Leone deserves education, safety, and dignity. Imagine not having access to the feminine hygiene supplies we take for granted as well as privacy, clean water and soap? Our goal is to make sure that EVERY girl in our schools has access to feminine hygiene supplies, clean water, soap and a safe, clean toilet – and the information needed to take care of themselves.

In May, 2016, our two social workers, Juliet and Mannah completed their first health education and personal hygiene trainings at our schools in the western area. Juliet worked with the women teachers and girl students, Mannah worked with the boys and men. The sessions also included lessons in self defense for the girls and respecting women for the boys. We are VERY excited to take these lessons – and the feminine hygiene kits to all our schools – and beyond!

In August 2016, Juliet attended a Days for Girls training in Uganda to learn how to make the kits in country, and how to set up kit creation and distribution as a local project. We are excited to have kits more readily available once we have developed this to  and provide an additional source of income for women in Sierra Leone.

With this exciting new program, along with making sure ALL our schools have clean, sanitary toilets and rainwater hand washing stations, we want to make sure ALL our girls stay in school! Please help support keeping girls in school! Only $12 buys a menstruation kit to keep a girl in school!

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Buy a kit – or 2 for girls in Sierra Leone!

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Make sure to designate Uman Talk for your donation to go specifically to this program.

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Donate $12 today to keep a girl in school! 

Quality Education Through Partnerships!

We are excited to be partnering with The Learning Foundation, PEN-SL and The Sierra Leone Book Trust to improve quality education in our schools! In December 2015, at the end of ebola, we began literacy workshops and library skills training for all our schools. The response from our teachers has been overwhelming!

During our country visit this summer, we met with these partners to establish a plan for library and literacy training for our teachers in the coming years. We are ready to move forward with a solid, collaborative plan to improve education quality in our schools. Thank you to our partners in improving education in Sierra Leone!

Your support is what makes teacher workshops possible! Please make your gift HERE to improve education in Sierra Leone now! 

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2016 Seattle Anniversary Dinner

The 6th Annual Seattle Dinner for Schools for Salone happens on October 6th!
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Please join us for our 11th anniversary celebration on Thursday, October 6th!

This year we are thrilled to be at The Foundry.  Be sure to check out this unique site, located South of Safeco Field.  We look forward to a beautiful evening with delectable food from Herban Feast, a Celebrity Dessert Dash and some of our fabulous local wines.
 
Registration is open so get your tickets now!
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This event is made successful by you, our wonderful supporters. There are many ways to get involved behind the scenes to make this event as successful as it can be. Sponsorships, dessert donations, and cash gift club members help underwrite event costs so as much of the money we raise as possible goes straight to our programs in Sierra Leone.
 
Every year, we have a wonderful dessert dash, with desserts donated by local chefs and bakeries. Want to donate a dessert? Follow the link below!
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Interested in sponsorship? Corporate sponsors get special call-outs at our event and advertisement placement on our event materials.
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Individual donations are also essential to making this event great! Individual cash gift club donors also receive special recognition in our event program.
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We are also collecting items to auction! If you would like to donate an auction item or package, follow the link below.
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Your support means the world to us and we encourage you to become more involved in making this our most successful event yet!
Thank you to our event sponsors and in-kind donors:
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Conservation Education

Moseilelo School Construction Project: Conservation Education

Schools for Salone is excited to  partner with Tacugama, a chimpanzee sanctuary in the Western Area Peninsula National Park in Sierra Leone. Tacugama was established in 1995 to enforce the law and rehabilitate confiscated, orphaned and abandoned chimpanzees with the aim to release back them into their natural habitat.  Sierra Leone is home to the Western Chimpanzee subspecies and holds the second highest population after Guinea.  Tacugama, Schools for Salone and Programme for Children have partnered to construct a school for the Moseilelo community.

Moseilelo area has been partnering with Tacugama for the past 5 years to protect the Western chimpanzee through improved natural resource and wildlife management. A key component of their cooperation has been to help Tacugama to spread conservation awareness throughout their communities. In 2012, it was confirmed through camera trapping and reconnaissance walks, that two groups of wild chimpanzees were living in the surrounding forest, Kasillah Hills (Garriga, R.M., 2013). Six communities are established on the perimeter of the forest, with an estimated population of 1,317. The forest patch has been fragmented into two patches and is increasingly being encroached each farming season. As population begins to increase, there is an urgent need to continue raising awareness in these communities and shifting behavior change towards conservation practices.

As the Moseilelo Community has shown great efforts in implementing activities that promote conservation, education facilities are lacking, hindering an improved future. On March 15th, 1995, rebels attacked Moseilelo community occupying the town for about 2 months. During this time, they slaughtered all cattle, raided and burned houses, and burnt down the church where school was being held. The community has not recovered educational facilities since, but still value education. 70-100 students typically gather in a community member’s home to learn because of the difficult travel to government schools. The nearest properly constructed government primary school is 14 miles away, and the nearest government secondary school is 5 miles away, in which students have to cross a river by canoe to get to. It’s estimated that there are about 220 students in the area, but many don’t attend the ‘community school’ due to lack of space and materials. Rather, student-age children are taken to the farm to work. TCOP has partnered with Schools for Salone to assist in the construction of a proper school, to include 4 classrooms, a teacher’s office, secure storeroom and septic toilets to increase student attendance and work through the school to promote environmental education awareness, preserving the forest and the chimpanzees for the future.

$50,000 is needed to fund this project in this remote area of Sierra Leone. Let’s  build a school for Moseilelo and help save the wild chimpanzees of Sierra Leone!

Donate today!

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Here are some photos from our team’s visit to Moseilelo

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Our 2016 Calendars are ready to order!

We promise you will LOVE our newly designed 2016 calendar! Click HERE to order yours today – and a few for your friends and family!

Gbumbeh Primary School is completed – and gets Solar!

Gbumbeh Primary School! is finally complete! A far cry for the original school we found in the village.

Cindy visited Gbumbeh Primary School on October 9, 2015, seeing the new school for the first time. The school is the pride and joy of this village. It was chosen as a workshop site for teachers because of the solar and clean water available. Word is getting out that our schools have great amenities!

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Making our “old” schools NEW again!

The heat and humidity is hard on our schools. Our team has been working hard to make repairs, upgrade latrines, repair water wells in time for schools to reopen in September.

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A school for Kalia!

Kalia, a small village in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone, was devastated during the Ebola crisis. Thirty-five people died, leaving 52 orphaned children. Thanks to generous support from the Schultz Family Foundation, we are helping the village to move forward. During the height of the outbreak, the entire village was quarantined, resulting in the destruction of the surrounding farms. The village relies almost completely on subsistence farming to feed the residents. The destruction led to a high level of hunger and food security.  Several months ago our team supplied emergency bags of rice, bags of onions, cartons of fish, rubbers of cooking oil along with hand washing buckets, detail and endless bars of soap. On April 13, 2015, Programme for Children presented 100 sleeping mats and blankets to the children of Kalia, as well as books, school supplies, 70 bags of rice, groundnut, tomato and rice seed for a Food for Work program aimed at helping the farmers replant their fields. Joseph reported, “I have never seen children so happy.”

With generous support from the McPherson Family Foundation and other donors, our team completed the Kalia Primary School in September, 2015. The opening ceremony took place on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015. After the devastation from Ebola, the joy and jubilation of the community was palpable that day. Below, we’ve added photos from that day of celebration.

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