On Sunday, October 11, 2015, Cindy and team visited Robis Primary School. Much to their delight, the teacher’s were holding a Health and Sanitation workshop that afternoon. The solar power system installed in March of 2015, was working well. Much to Cindy and Joseph’s surprise, the school had a new rainwater hand washing station installed. They unamiously decided that all SfS schools should have one! Here are some photos from the visit.
Solar added in March 2015
Robis Primary School is completed! In July, 2013, Jennifer Kempf traveled to Sierra Leone for the opening ceremony of the new school. The gratitude showered on her by the village was immeasurable. Here are photos from that momentous day.
History of Project
Robis is a small village located 14 miles south of Matatoka on the Bo – Yele Road in Tonkolilli District, Northern Province. Every time our team in Sierra Leone would pass this village, the villagers would repeatedly say that they wanted to partner with us to build a new school for their children.
The village was vetted and in early 2012, finally approved for a new school by Schools for Salone and its in-country partner organization, the Programme for Children.
Robis Village helped build their school! April 2013
Robis got to work in April. The villagers gathered sand and rock from their surroundings and started working on the new school’s masonry. Experts, including Lansana in the striped shirt, taught them what to do and oversaw their progress, ensuring that the building is safe and will last a long time.
Quince Orchard High School steps up to help!
In 2012, Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland launched a fundraising drive to help build the school at Robis. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the high school and its first graduating class, the school adopted the theme, “25 years of Building Futures.”
In conjunction with the celebration, Principal Carole Working, the students and staff of Quince Orchard embarked upon this service project. Jennifer Kempf, a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, sponsors the International Club and teaches chemistry at Quince Orchard High School. Together with Principal Carol Working, Jennifer worked closely with the students to raise the funds necessary to complete the new school for Robis.