The Hope team were proud to take dedicated volunteer Marenka to make a generous donation of clothing and books from Hart voor Afrika to Mrs Kamara's kids at Network 4 Children in Need interim care centre. National Coordinator William Tieh explained: "Like us, many friends and colleagues in the interim care sector face a daily struggle and depend on kind donations like this one from Hart voor Afrika so I am very proud to share our good fortune with Mrs Kamara and her team."
We're lucky to live within walking distance of one of the many most beautiful beaches in Sierra Leone and the kids are super excited - as ever - to go to take a trip with Aunty Zainab and Aunty Marenka - very glad to see you back volunteering with Hope so soon - enjoying time to run around, play football, clamber over boats and blow some bubbles!
The kids from Mama Mayila's Cradle pack up school for a couple of weeks before the Presidential election and go wild celebrating Rising Academy values - we never give up and and there is no limit to what we can achieve if we believe in ourselves - you know these kids are thriving! Schools are closed in Sierra Leone because of election violence fears, which we all hope will prove foundless.
Mama Mayila and national coordinator, Williams Tieh, pay a courtesy call on Mr Sam King at Rising Academy to discuss our kids progress and are delighted to receive new exercise books from the school, presented to the children on their return home to Mama Mayila's Cradle. The kids are loving their education at Rising Academy, a school with great values and teaching a modern curriculum - thank you Rising Academy!
Visiting UK secretariat volunteers, Tim and Mo, very happy to visit with Hope's chair, Alfred Sima Kargbo and the CoDWelA (concern 4 the deprived welfare association) social work team to hear of the struggles they face in delivering services to 200+ children orphaned by Ebola and living with relatives, as well as being a safe adult in the lives of the many street children in Waterloo and its environs. During last Augusts' mudslide tragedy Hope, CoDWelA and Society 4 Climate C
A most generous donation from the diaspora-led Richest Minds group of health, social care and housing professionals and Aunty Wara Fasaluku was accompanied by some equally generous words of encouragement from Aunty Fatmata Lahai for Mama Mayila and her team and some very kind words for the children, our future leaders, earns much applause from the kids at Mama Mayila's Cradle and the team at Hope! So, Aunty Fatmata came to Mama Mayila's Cradle and she brought..... a carton of
August and TJ enjoy a treat as they take a trip with Uncle Osman to the annual beach bash for children with disabilities hosted by World Hope International and the Rotary Club. August made a new friend in Hanna, Director of World Hope International and a jam-packed day saw uncle Osman and the boys enjoy entertainment, music, food and bouncy castles!
The Hope team were honoured this month to host visitors from not one but two nations, the UK and the US, coming to witness firsthand our Moa Wharf kinship fostering programme in action. Aunty Fatmata Lahai from diaspora-led Richer Minds Group of health, social care and housing practioners and professionals and US volunteers Aunty Nichole and Uncle Joe. Our programme helps 42 children under 15 and 17 children 16-18, orphaned by Ebola, in one of the most deprived communities in