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.
Thanks, St. Oliver’s
Students in St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda raised over €320. Ms Edwina Nolan who previously taught in Scoil Mhuire Cork supervised this great work.
The Schools and Health Foundation were kindly invited to Garryduff Sports complex on Wednesday 27th April by Dr. Brian Wiseman. Brian’s daughter Niamh is one of the students from Scoil Mhuire Cork who is travelling to Sierra Leone in May. Brian is part of a fitness group called Fat Boy, Slims led by Paul Sheridan. The group generously donated €530 to the Foundation. The funds were handed over on their last night of training for the season and the occasion was also attended by former Scoil Mhuire girls Ailbhe Boland, Sarah Healy and Leah Soden. The girls spoke beautifully of their trips to Africa and their intention to keep in touch with the Foundation. (Report by Jackie Manley)
Again this year we commemorate Liam Manley who was one of the people who inspired the setting up of this foundation who sadly passed away two years ago.
On 14th April we will gather at noon in Blarney Hurling Club for a walk to remember Liam and to raise funds for our work.
Pupils from Blarney National School donated €200 towards our work. St. Kilian's German School in Dublin raised over €500. Students from Colaiste Choilm in Ballincollig joined oor long-standing supporters from Scoil Mhuire Cork in a stree collection that raised €4000!
At the Prize Night on 1st February the award for international community work was give to Leah Soden, Sarah Healy and Roisin O'Donnell who fundraised for the Liam Manley School in Sierra Leone and then attended the opening. They are pictured with SHF founders Bernice O'Brien and John Mitchell.