Impact of Ebola crisis on St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired

St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired is one of the organisations that the Makeni Trust Fund has been pleased to support. The Director of the school, Sr Mary Sweeney, has sent us the following update on how the school is affected by the Ebola crisis:

“This is just a quick update to let you know that all is well at St. Joseph’s and that we are taking every precaution necessary ... continue reading ...

Makeni Trust Fund supports Unimak in fighting Ebola

The Makeni Trust Fund has decided to send £5,000 immediately to the University of Makeni to support its work in the current crisis situation. Fr Joe Turay, Vice Chancellor, describes how the funds will be used: “Things have really taken a dramatic turn in the country after the death of the only virologist in the country. At the moment we are all on deck in fighting the disease.There is an Ebola task force in every town and village and we meet every morning for planning. Also the University was able to mobilize the diocese and we are all on board planning and working.Some of our students have formed volunteer groups to help in contact tracing and sensitization.Our Radio Maria and the communications department have prepared sensitization and awareness programs on the Ebola epidemic. We have decided to spend whatever funds now on : 1. Getting the basics..: chlorine , gloves and boots and protective gears. The prices of these basics have now become astronomic.  2. Support to setting up the isolation unit in Makeni. They have asked our Holy Spirit Hospital but indeed as Sister Nora told us yesterday that they are not prepared for that. I totally agree with her because there are no protective gears for the nurses and they are not trained. So they have decided to build one at the Government Hospital. We will help them. 3. Help our students who cannot go home to help in the sensitization and volunteering to help combat the disease . 4. We will also contribute towards fuel for the contact tracing .”

The Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone

On 25th July, we received this message from a friend in Sierra Leone, Boniface Kamara:

“Concerning the Ebola crisis, in my opinion I was expecting government to have declare a state of emergency well before now as the situation seems not to improve in any way but rather to be worsening from time to time. This is no exaggeration that the situation is really scaring and every mindful person ... continue reading ...

Essential Map of Makeni City Published

As part of their collaboration with the University of Makeni and Makeni City Council, the CEU San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain has published a detailed map of the city and its environs. As well as major religious buildings, hospitals and hotels, the map shows the location of the city’s 50 schools. Professor Luis Perea Moreno, who heads the team that worked on this, ... continue reading ...

DFID Sierra Leone spends nearly £70m in 2013-14

Figures released by the UK Department for international development (DFID) confirm the UK’s position as Sierra Leone’s leading bilateral donor to help reduce poverty in Sierra Leone.

The press release in full:

Figures released by the UK Department for international Development (DFID) confirm the UK’s position as Sierra Leone’s leading bilateral donor, spending £68.6m ... continue reading ...

Sheffield University linking with University of Makeni

We are delighted that the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield has accepted our invitation to help develop the research capability of the University of Makeni.Jonathan, Jessica and Deborah

Late last year we began conversations with Dr Deborah Sporton, who is actively involved in teaching on three postgraduate Masters programmes in International Development, where emphasis is placed on specialised teaching to ... continue reading ...

Sponsored Medical Student

At the request of Miriam Mason Sesay, one of the Trust’s key supporters, Alps-VA,  has agreed to fund half of the costs of medical student Sumaila. Here is Sumaila’s story:

Sumalai“I was born on 17th November 1987 in a town called Daru in the Kailahun district in the Eastern part of Sierra Leone. I’m from a poor family with three sisters. I lost my father in my early childhood ... continue reading ...