Gbumbeh Primary School

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 Construction is completed on the new Gbumbeh Primary School!

In early 2015 we completed the construction of our 16th school. In the midst of the most horrific Ebola outbreak ever, our team in Sierra Leone has successfully completed this school in the village of Gbumbeh north of Bo, about a mile off the Bo-Yele Road from Dambala. The village also worked diligently to assist with the construction. In addition to the new building, we provided new furniture for the school, and with a generous grant from an anonymous donor, we will be installing a second solar power system in Gbumbeh as soon as conditions on the ground will allow it. These solar panels will make it possible to hold evening literacy classes and extend library hours.

June 2014

“I underestimated the commitment of this village. The Paramount Chief is visiting constantly.” Joseph Lamin. With generous support and matching grant from an anonymous donor for GiveBIG, we raised enough funds to complete the construction of the Gbumbeh Primary School, Bo District. The village has worked diligently to assist with the construction. A grant from one of our generous donors is making it possible for us to add a solar power system to the rural school, making it possible to hold evening literacy classes and extend library hours. We still need to raise about $2500 to complete the septic latrines at the school – so if you would like to donate to finish the latrines, please do!

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Groundbreaking ceremony for Gbumbeh Primary School


UPDATE: EMG’s “Steps for Schools” raises $10,200 toward Gbumbeh Primary   

After 31 days, 7,500 steps per day per person, and 230,000 steps in total, the EMG Steps for Schools campaign ended October 21, 2013, with a grand total of €7500 (approx. $10,200.00) toward the construction of a new Gbumbeh Primary School.

There were 240 participants in 21 countries, and they logged 46,676,583 steps. That’s 29,430 kilometers or 18,287 miles! EMG gave a bonus of €10 to those participants who hit the 230,000 step target.

A sincere thank you goes out to everyone who participated and for sharing information about Schools for Salone to increase awareness. The EMG team had a great time organizing the campaign and hopes others will take up the challenge to continue raising the remaining funds of $45,000 for the Gbumbeh Primary School.

Visit the EMG Steps for Schools campaign website to see the final results at They are happy to share their experience if you would like to organize a similar campaign.

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Photo credit: Dick McKechnie, courtesy of EMG.



About Gbumbeh

Gbumbeh village, Selenga Chiefdom, is about 14 miles form Bo, the second largest city in Sierra Leone.  The village has a population of about 1,000 people. Children from the two nearby villages are attending the Gbumbeh Primary School, all attempting to learn in a small building. Teachers and children of all ages share the dark, cramped space.  The overcrowded classroom makes teaching and learning difficult. 

Watch a video from the Chief of Gbumbeh

Schools for Salone Video (Aug 15) from Helen v on Vimeo.

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steps4schools300 (1)What is Steps for Schools? 

Steps for Schools is a one month charity-based fitness campaign designed to involve the EMG team, together with their customers and friends around the world. We are hoping to raise awareness for Schools for Salone and raise money to help build the Gbumbeh Primary School, as well as improve the fitness of all participants. 

Our campaign goal is to raise €12,500 – through 500 registrations and by each participant hitting the campaign step target of 230,000. If the “getting fit” part is not for you at the moment, yet you would still like to help, your donation is more than welcome. You can make an individual donation or consider sponsoring someone who is getting fit, perhaps with an amount per step or a total amount if they hit their target.

About the campaign: Steps for Schools is a one month campaign lasting 31 days from Friday Sept. 20 – Sunday Oct. 21, 2013. Its goal is to promote fitness through walking and being active and to raise money for the Gbumbeh Primary School. Visit our campaign website to learn more:

How it works:

1. Participants register at
2. Registration is €15 (or more if preferred!) – this is a donation to Schools for Salone for the Gbumbeh Primary School (full €15 registration fee goes to Schools for Salone), and EMG will send each participant a step counter free of charge.
3. When participants reach the total steps, EMG will donate a further €10 to Schools for Salone.
4. The campaign begins Friday September 20th and runs until Sunday October 21st. During this time participants visit EMG’s Steps for Schools website daily to enter their steps and monitor their progress.
5. Any physical activity counts – from gardening to swimming or just doing laundry! – this can be entered and the system will convert the activity into steps so we can compare efforts and get motivated to be active.
6. The daily target is 7500 steps, the campaign total over 31 days is 230,000 steps.

We at EMG hope our campaign continues to raise awareness for Schools for Salone. Additional donations will help to raise the total amount needed to complete the school. Individual and company contributions are welcome!

Once funding is secured, Schools for Salone will provide for the purchase and transport of construction materials not available locally, as well as for school equipment and supplies as necessary and as funding allows.  The community members are prepared to provide whatever local materials they can and help with labour.

To build the school, $55,000 will be needed for a water well, four classroom structures, plus a teacher’s office and secure storeroom, toilets, books, school supplies and furniture.



 About EMG: EMG is the leading international B2B communications agency specialized in industrial media relations programs. It is located in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore. Learn more at


Gbumbeh is a one-room school currently. (Feb. 2013)


Teachers and children of all ages share the dark, cramped space.


The overcrowded classroom makes teaching and learning difficult.


The village has been vetted and approved by Schools for Salone and is eager to help build a new school for their children.