We (Simeon, left and Joe, right below) are off to Sierra Leone in November to help supply and set up 3 projects in collaboration with friends of our church in the local area.
Three Amazing Projects In Two Weeks
The school - Lungi
The school in Lungi needs foldable tables and seating as well as equipment such as stationary and exercise books, etc. This will all need to be shipped out in a container.
The sewing school - Grafton, Freetown
We'll be setting up a sewing school for the women of a local relief shelter, home to over 500 war-displaced and polio victims. These often destitute and vulnerable women are in desperate need of income to help lift them out of poverty and prostitution. In future funds raised by the local sale of garments made at the school will help to sustainably fund the project and provide income for the students.
Esther Ross has had great success collecting old Singer sewing machines through friends of friends and appeals on a local radio station so we'll be taking them over to set up a Sewing and Knitting school in Grafton Village.
We have also been asked to provide 21 foldable tables and chairs so that a tutor can teach a good sized class. We want to ship these out, so we'll either purchase them here or make them here as materials are fairly limited in Sierra Leone.
The Farm - Bo Pujehan
Pujehun is one of the poorest places in Sierra Leone, affected greatly by the rebel war. This is where we'll be spending most of our two weeks. The farm covers approximately one acre. We will be creating a perimeter fence and an enclosure for 14 sheep and 14 goats. As materials are once again limited and expensive we will be shipping out corrugated roofing sheets, fixings, tools and basically everything apart from the wooden parts of the structure. The aim of the project is to create job opportunities, funds to support schools in the area and money to invest in the community.
We're passionate about these three projects because they're not just going to be a one-hit-wonder that we'll walk away from but they'll be owned by locals and continue to help them turn lives around well after we've left for home. We believe they’ll be sustainable and that they have great potential for future development. Be a part of it.
What We Need & What You Get
We’ll be generously accommodated and fed by our friends in the area. The breakdown of our needs are as follows:
- Container = £1950
- Tables = roughly £1120
- Chairs = 25 no. £20 each (£500)
- Livestock for farm = £350 (12 pairs of sheep & goats)
- Materials for enclosure = £450
- Rent for land for 1 year = £200
You may notice this comes to more than our £4000 target- we've received some offline donations to cover the extra costs.
What you get
Because we're starting something that will be developed by locals on the ground your donations will truly return more in positive change than they cost.
Plus, what each donor gets is the chance to be part of a really positive project that will change people's lives and allow several small rural communities to support themselves and gain a basic education. "All win win win" I say.
Check out our perks on the right; every dollar counts so there's bound to be something you can claim.
If we don't reach our entire goal we will carry out as much as we can in the time we have.
What We've Done So Far
Friends of ours, Jason & Jonny, carried out a similar project in Kimilili, Western Kenya last year. Over one week they helped set up a small skills college by supplying computers, metalwork tools, carpentry tools and sewing machines. They trained young people in woodwork, built tables and put doors on the loo block.
Photos of their project last year:
Their experience from that successful project is helping us to plan ours.
A friend of ours, Esther Ross, has been very successful in campaigning for donations of sewing machines for the project in Grafton. She's appeared on local radio and so far has collected over twenty Singer sewing machines. Singers are all manually operated so will keep working throughout powercuts.
Us testing out the kit we'll be taking over to Grafton, Freetown:
Other Ways You Can Help
Maybe you just can't contribute but would like to help; that's still very much appreciated. Maybe you've given and you'd like to do more, that's wonderful.
Other ways you can help:
- Make some noise online: Share this campaign (or the campaign video) with your friends on social networks. You can use the Indiegogo share tools just under the video at the top of this page.
- Make some noise offline: tell your boss, tell your postman, tell your mum, tell your school, tell the president.
- If you have any school text books, tools, tables, chairs or anything else that may be useful to us please get in contact and we'll see about arranging pickup.