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.
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Help us fill the library shelves with books for the students!!!
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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!
Schools for Salone Copper Pot Pictures
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!
Buy a kit – or 2 for girls in Sierra Leone!
Make sure to designate Uman Talk for your donation to go specifically to this program.
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!
Donate NOW to support education improvement in Sierra Leone!
Kei Kamara visiting the school in January, 2016
Kei Kamara (NE Revolution) and Mike Lahoud (Miami FC), two professional soccer players born in Sierra Leone, joined forces to build the Kei Kamara/Mike Lahoud Education for All Primary School. This school provides access to disadvantaged children in Allen Town, East End Freetown. Groundbreaking began in May 2015 and classes began on September 7, 2015. 50 children enrolled in that first year of classes at the school in Sept, 2o15. Today there are over 150 children working hard to make their dreams come true. We continue to need your support for these remarkable children and their teachers. Please donate today!
Check out this video just released by FIFPro in honor of Kei and Mike’s FIFPro Merit Award:
Read more about Kei’s remarkable journey and his collaborative efforts with Mike Lahoud and Schools for Salone in Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/kei-kamaras-american-dream-20160303
We are almost finished Phase II! The Soccer Pitch is almost finished! Joseph and Aunti Musu joined in the first match! Donate HERE to help support this exciting project!
SfS Board Member James Mannah at the school in May 2016
Finishing the security gates at the school
Working on the soccer pitch! Water is a critical issue in Freetown area and must be trucked in to complete the construction.
This school is headed by Mamusu Tarawali. She is one of our star teachers we have worked with for many years, featured in the documentary, Brownstones to Red Dirt. Before Sierra Leone’s civil war broke out, Mamusu Tarawalie was a young woman with a passion for learning. But when war came to her village, her instinct took over. As she fled the rebels, she saw a baby strapped to the back of a woman lying in the street. The woman had been killed during a firefight and the baby was left for dead. Mamusu turned around and ran towards the battle. She untied the child and ran to safety with him. Balla would be the first of 9 children Mamusu would adopt. When the fighting stopped and the children she had taken in had no school, Mamusu worked with her mentor to start one. The Children in Crisis School would go on to serve over 400 children and become a project for Schools for Salone. With more children needing a school, Mamusu undertook the massive task of starting a school from scratch. This time, she had Kei Kamara, Mike Lahoud and Schools for Salone to help her.
Now that the school is completed, the soccer field almost completed, our plans are to construct a home for Headmistress Mamusu and the orphaned children she rescued during the war. With help from our sponsors a generation of children have grown up in classrooms instead of on the streets.
We need $50,000 to make this dream come true for these orphaned children and the woman who saved them. Please donate now to help us make a safe, clean home possible for these special children.
Kei Kamara’s Long Journey Home, featured on mlssoccer.com.
We are making sure all our schools have proper sanitation and clean water. This is critical in preventing many of the diseases in Sierra Leone. To do this, we are upgrading the latrine facilities at all our schools and installing rainwater collection handwashing stations. Education is inextricably linked to health. One cannot have one without the other. Thank you to all who are making this possible! Currently we are working on new toilets in Lungi, Niagorehun, Junctionla and Sahn Malen.
Your $20 gift now will buy a couple bags of cement to make this possible!
Please join us for our 11th anniversary celebration on Thursday, October 6th!
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 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!
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.