Abigail D. Butscher Primary School & Well, Calaba Town


Calaba Town, East End of Freetown, is one of the poorest areas around in the Freetown.  It was built after the war by the reconstruction efforts.  The community is home to many of the ethnic groups that were relocated during the war.  There was no school built for this community.  There was only the remains of an old foundation.  The only water well located for miles, was broken, and the people were forced to drink water from an unclean stream.

Thanks to Richard Sabo’s generous donation, Schools for Salone was able to begin construction of the water well in October 2008.  Schools for Salone Board Member, Michael Gibbons, visited the site before construction began.

Another special thank you goes to the warm heart and generosity of Madieu Williams and his Foundation for funding the Abigail D. Butscher Primary School at Calaba Town.

The Ground Breaking Ceremony was held December 16th, 2008.  Lansana Bayon, Project Manager for Masanga Children’s Fund, supervised the construction, which began in January 2009.

Foundation Ruins of original school at Calaba Town prior to 2008

Groundbreaking Ceremony with Fatmata Kargbo, MCF Board Member, on December 16, 2008.









The school was finished by early March and Opening Ceremonies were held March 27, 2009, with Schools for Salone Executive Director, Cindy Nofziger; MCF staff and Board Members and Madieu Williams attending.

Making bricks by hand to build the walls of the new school

Latrine digging begins on February 2, 2009.