Building Schools for Salone

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Building schools is one the goals of Schools for Salone. Our first school was built in 2005 in response to a personal request by Cindy’s friend from her Peace Corps days, John Sesay. Cindy quickly recognized that she needed in country expertise to build a school. As a result, she called upon another Sierra Leonean friend and former colleague, Joseph Lamin, Director of Programme for Children (PFC).

Together, PFC and SfS bring together a common desire to build schools and enhance educational opportunities in Sierra Leone.  With Joseph’s construction expertise and local knowledge, we are able carefully identify and select villages and provide construction oversight. This assures timeliness and cost-effective success for each of our many projects.

 Since 2005, Schools for Salone has built 20 primary school buildings and 3 school libraries.  Several of these projects involved accompanying water wells. We focus on building schools in rural villages that are highly motivated to educate their children and that offer a high degree of participation in the construction and the maintenance of their schools.  There are so many devastated schools in Sierra Leone and so many requests for help that we are constantly seeking funds for additional schools.
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Joseph Lamin, Cindy Nofziger, John Sesay


School Site Selection Process

In keeping with our belief that self-initiated solutions are best, requests for schools must come from Sierra Leoneans. Villages wanting a new school participate in a rigorous vetting process to assure that the most committed and motivated communities are chosen for our team to work with. Once a community is selected, our team works  with the village leaders to formalize the agreement and commitment. Each community must provide:

Leadership and commitment to the school project

Adequate land for school construction

Free unskilled labor

Local materials such as sand and stone

Arrangements for teacher salaries with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Education

Once funding is secured, Schools for Salone provides for the purchase and transport of construction materials not available locally (such as cement, rebar and zinc pan) as well as for school furniture and supplies as necessary and as funding allows. Programme for Children manages the complete process in country with each community and provides the fiscal and operational management of every construction project.

The series of photos below show the process of building a new school.

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Junctionla school completed with old school