October 2013 visit to check project progress

In October two trustees obtained external funding to enable a visit to Makeni to check progress with our various projects. Bob Lyons and Jon Kay were made very welcome by all, and given excellent accommodation on the Fatima campus of the university for their 10 day visit.

Satisfactory progress was confirmed with all the projects the trust has supported, and the following areas identified for further ... continue reading ...

“Sierra Leone – the fastest growing economy in the world in 2012” – World Bank

World Bank - SL growth

A World Bank study of development in Africa concludes:

> Sub-Saharan African countries continue to grow at a strong pace, spurred by domestic demand and still high commodity prices. Economic prospects are tilted to the upside.

> Good progress has been made on a few MDGs, even though the region lags in achieving the development goals.

> More than a decade of strong growth has reduced poverty ... continue reading ...

Third container for Makeni

loading container 002When we booked a container for the last week in March, to transport educational equipment to Sierra Leone, we had little idea that it would be the coldest weekend in March for 50 years! There was 6 inches of snow on the ground, but the parishioners from The Mother of God Parish, Sheffield turned up at 8.30 am to help pack the container.

Luke and Ged Desforges are experienced packers so they ... continue reading ...

Supporting vulnerable children in Lunsar

Fr Gianni's well digging team from Lunsar
Fr Gianni’s well digging team from Lunsar

In recognition of the work done to sort out the Holy Spirit Hospital water supply by Fr Gianni of the Josephite Fathers at Lunsar, the Makeni Trust Fund has contributed £400 in favour of two residential homes managed by himself in Mabesseneh village, 2 kilometers from Lunsar.

Six girls are currently living in one and six boys in the other, provided with quality basic needs (food, shelter, clothing, ... continue reading ...

Checking progress in February 2012

Attending the University of Makeni's first graduation ceremony
Attending the University of Makeni’s first graduation ceremony

On February 5th 2012 we flew to Freetown to attend the first graduation ceremony of the University of Makeni and to visit all the projects that the Trust had funded and decide what next steps were needed. (We paid for this visit ourselves, not wanting to use Trust charity donations).

Briefly we concluded:

Teachers Resource Centre in Rolal – the Trust’s ... continue reading ...

£1,000 raised by cool walkers

Makeni Trust Fund friends on their Xmas 2011 walk
Makeni Trust Fund friends on their Xmas 2011 walk

Despite always choosing the coldest days with the most snow, a group of generous friends has contributed around £1000 through regular Christmas walks over the past three years. The picture shows some of them in the Loxley Valley, Sheffield in 2011. Their money goes to funding the scholarships of the children of blind beggars in Makeni.