We recently received an update from Marie Sesay at Smile with Us orphanage in Sierra Leone, via our parent liaison Penny Boreham. d’Overbroeck’s has been raising money and donating old school uniforms (to allow pupils there to attend school) to the orphanage and the community project behind it for the past few years.
Thanks to donations from d’Overbroeck’s students, staff, friends and family, Marie Sesay has been able to buy food, medicines, uniforms, shoes, and school supplies for the ever increasing number young orphaned children that she continues to support in the wake and devastation of Ebola. We also received videos of appreciation from the children, and Marie Sesay herself, who all spoke of sincere gratitude and thanks.
Tamba, (Social Worker) explains the benefits for their latest huge endeavour – a well which is being dug by contractors Morrison, the company that built the Oxfam wells in the area north of Makeni, further north:
- To help prevent communicable diseases like cholera and dysentery as pipe borne water will be provided.
- A hand washing facility will be promoted.
- The burden of water transportation and long walks will no longer be necessary
- This will help prevent child abuse cases (sexual violence) particularly for girls when they have to search for water far away.
This last point is particularly acute as cases of sexual violence are increasing in the region.
Message from Timothy (Social Worker): “Hi all, this is the latest developments concerning the water well project at the smile with us orphanage centre in Koindu. The pit you are seeing is more than 10 metres deep and we are still going deeper. By the end of this week, you will be updated with another development. We want to thank you all in the UK for your support”
Our next fund raising drive will be to cover the shortfall for the cost of well and more training for social workers, in particular on safe guarding. In the meantime, thank you so much for your continued support.
Leah Howard, Yrs 7-11 Reception & Charity Coordinator