In 2015, Kei Kamara (NE Revolution) and Mike Lahoud (Miami FC) won the FIFPro Merit Award for their work on the Education for All school in Sierra Leone. Because of this award, FIFPro gave Schools for Salone $25,000 for the Education for All school and its new soccer pitch! Check out this video just released by FIFPro!
For more pictures of Kei and Mike’s school with its finished soccer pitch, visit the Education for All page!
Our 6th Annual Seattle Dinner was a huge success!
We are so honored by the generosity our supporters displayed at our annual fundraiser in Seattle. Because of them, over $100,000 will be going to work in Sierra Leone. It was a wonderfully fun and meaningful night!
It’s that time again! Both here and in Sierra Leone, students and teachers are getting ready for the new school year. In celebration of this exciting time where children get the life-changing opportunity to pursue education, we would like to put a spotlight on an inspiring teacher and student.
Mamusu Tarawali 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. The new Education for All Primary School opened in September, 2015 with Mamusu proudly serving as the headmistress. She is shown here standing in the area outside her new school that will become a home for her and her adopted children. Mamusu’s passion for learning has only ever increased, which is clearly evident in her classrooms and in her students. She has attended several of our teacher trainings and has been a spectacular example, implementing what she learns in her new school with astounding creativity and dedication. Donate today to support our teachers as they head into the new year!
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.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Kei Kamara/Michael Lahoud Education for All Primary School was May 19, 2015. Our team is working hard to build this school. Construction on the school is progressing quickly!
Here is the latest photo of the school 4 August, 2015. More to come soon!
In the midst of the most horrific ebola outbreak ever, our team in Sierra Leone has successfully completed our 16th primary school in the village of Gbumbeh north of Bo, about a mile off the Bo-Yele Road from Dambala. Kei Kamara visited the village in May 2014 prior to the start of construction. By mid-August, 2014, the school was complete!
As Joseph Lamin, our partner on the ground in Sierra Leone said, “I underestimated the dedication and commitment of this village!”