A positive turning point as Tonkolili iron ore mine restarts

speech  tonkolili iron oreOn 6th May President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma officially signalled the recommencement of Tonkolili Iron Ore operations by Shandong Iron and Steel Group which now has 100% ownership of the mines. [Tonkolili is situated 50km south-east of Makeni].

Describing the recommencement of mining operations by Shandong as a positive turning point in the country’s quest for economic development, President ... continue reading ...

Summer Songs Event – June 6th

Encouraged by the promising news that no new cases of Ebola were confirmed in the Bombali District, which includes Makeni, during the whole of April, we’re looking forward to our next fundraising event on Saturday 6th June, a concert given by the very popular Sheffield Folk Chorale.

Since 2001 the Sheffield Folk Chorale has raised over £16,000 for charities – mainly local. ... continue reading ...

Boniface S Kamara – called to the Bar

188We congratulate our friend Boniface S Kamara. After many years of study, and over seven months after having passed the Bar final exams he finally saw his dream come true during the call to the Bar ceremony last Friday. He is now enrolled into the register of qualified Barristers and Solicitors of the High Court of Sierra Leone. Boniface was a great help to us when we were in Makeni and has ... continue reading ...

Latest report about our partners in Makeni

The current position of the Ebola Virus Disease around Makeni
Here in Makeni we were all very optimistic when the country started to record lower numbers of new cases and this trend has continued over the last couple of months countrywide.  There are now four districts that have had no positive cases recorded for over the official 42 days.  There are four other districts ... continue reading ...

University of Cambridge scientist is helping the efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in Makeni

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Ian Goodfellow, Professor of Virology, from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Pathology, is part of the team of volunteers coordinated by Public Health England (PHE) to assist in the construction and running of the laboratory in Makeni, 120 miles to the north-east of the capital, Freetown. The laboratory is one of three being built in the country under the supervision of the UK ... continue reading ...

Paul Currion* on the Long Term Effects of the Ebola Crisis

On 2 December, the World Bank issued a report revising growth projections for countries affected by Ebola, with both Sierra Leone and Guinea moving into the negative in 2015.

Across the three countries suffering the brunt of the epidemic, lost income in 2014-15 is estimated to be more than US $2 billion. Financial projections aren’t always reliable – the World Bank updates its predictions ... continue reading ...