Work has begun with the making of the concrete blocks in our new school in Rothana, Sierra Leone.
Another school is on the way in Sierra Leone. On 2nd Jan Alimamy helped to delineate the site.
When we visit at Easter the scrub will be replaced by a fine new school.
To: John Mitchell, CEO SHF
Good morning John,
Compliments of the season.
I have read with much gratitude your winter newsletter. The achievements are glaring. I thank you so much for the impact you are creating among our deprived people in Africa.
We pray that things come to normal in Cameroon so that the seed you started in Cameroon can continue to grow and bear fruits.
Despite the crisis, I was informed by one village elder Mr Henry Fongang and the chief of our centre there that the water in Efah has been flowing without stopping even in the heat of the dry season. I say once again on behalf of the villagers of Efah, thank you. God bless your projects with more sponsors.
Bro Linus Tangu N., OH
St John of God Health & Social Services - Cameroon
School Community 2017 2018
Liam Manley Community Primary School Mange Acre 130 280
SHF Katick Primary School Katick 75 121
SHF Makuthaneh Primary School Makuthaneh 120 127
Fr. Richard M Kamara Memorial Primary School Rogballan Madina 165 235
Bernice O'Brien Community Primary School Manungbu 175 219
Margaret Mitchell Community Primary School Robombeh 73 182
TOTAL 738 1,164
There has been a 58% increase in school attendance with the biggest % in our newest school in Robombeh.
This progress brings new challenges as new class rooms are required in Mange Acre and probably soon in Robombeh as well.
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.