After delays and disappointments St. Mukasa School in Monrovia will by ready by the first week of December. With electricity and running water it is by far the best school we have built in Africa. The contrast with the old school is striking.
Qualified teachers in Sierra Leone are usually assisted by Community Teachers who are funded by the local people which means they receive very little. During our visit to Katick village this year two of these teachers who lived some distance from the school asked us to provide bicycles. They have arrived.
Our Board has agreed that we will build news schools in Malawi and Sierra Leone - funds permitting.
Existing school block in Geisha School, Mzuzu, Malawi.
New school block will be similar to that in Malokotera
We have schools in six villages in Sierra Leone. In some places the existing wells were not functioning. We have repaired wells in all of the villages and depending on funding we will sink more wells in 2019.
During our recent visit we were shocked to hear that hunger had returned to the villages of Sierra Leone. We have started a food security programme in two villages and seed, fertilizer and sheep and goats have been delivered under the supervision of Alimamy Samura.
Written by Chimwemwe Milulu 18 April 2018
Irish foundation builds school in Malokotera
Located in one of the hard to reach areas in Mzimba North, Malokotera Primary School is surrounded by hills and tobacco farms.
SHF Chairman Turlough O’Sullivan at the opening.
Over the years, learners in the area have been walking an average of 7 kilometres to access primary education and 17 kilometres to the nearest secondary school at Enukweni.
Situated about 20 kilometres off Mzuzu-Karonga M1 Road, the school has a total enrolment of over 400 learners.
Pupils show their delight
The project has been funded by an Irish benefactor, Schools and Health Foundation, which according to its Chief Executive John Mitchell, believes education is an effective tool to free societies from poverty. Schools and Health Foundation is engaged in such projects in four African countries including Malawi. The Lions Club of Mzuzu partnered SHF in the project.
SHF volunteer Debbie O’Connell presented education packs to the children.
The annual Liam’s Walk on Saturday 14th of April in Blarney helped to raise over €6000 for the work of Schools and Health Foundation. Thanks to The Castle Hotel, Ian, Una and the staff that hosted the refreshments, to Supervalu Tower who supplied the water and Phil Cone of Academy Crests who supplied the T-Shirts at no cost. A special thanks to Liam’s friends, colleagues and management of PM Group who continue to remember him and support the charity so generously. And finally to our family and friends that supplied the food and helped in so many ways.
There was joy on the hillside when this school in Sierra Leone was opened on 2nd June.
There was a strong Irish presence—Niamh Wiseman, Ailish Casey, Nicole Murphy and Sally Hickey from Scoil Mhuire Cork with their teacher and SHF founder Bernice O’Brien, Fiadh Maguire from Colaiste Choilm and CEO John Mitchell.