The end of June and our second rice harvest is well underway here at Forekaria and across 12 other Sanda Magbolontor inland valley swamps, This time it's four month buttercup rice our farmers favorite! Over at Masseng from field where it's cut by hand to the village where it's dried then threshed by foot this rice will help stock up Hope Sakuma villages with nutritious rice just rainy season when food gets scarce and prices sky-rocket. Meanwhile, in Magbolontor - the same ha
Meet Hope's Board for 2019-21 with newly elected Chair, Alfred Fornah, environmental champion, founder of Society 4 Climate Change Communications and also newly appointed to the International Office of Migration team. Long-time friend of the charity, Dr Frank N'Yama, Bank of Sierra Leone, remains Treasurer and Aunty Rose Tiafoe, retired principal and life-long educationalist, is now our Secretary. As well as meeting the kids, our new Board considered a packed agenda with Dire
Mama Mayila and the team disembark from the ferry to the shores of Sanda Magbolontor Chiefdom with a smile, an ever-present gimlet-eye and a purposeful stride clearly Mama Mayila's ready for action! Not just a big stakeholders meet to talk sustainability but a trip to the Worreh Line Fula to visit friends and talk livestock development and then to Makatay to pick up some of the honey being carefully stored by cousin Foday. Hope Sakuma receive the blessing of the Regent Chief
Smiles all round for the Adorables as each is over the moon to receives their very own cuddly monkey from Aunty Michaela and Uncle Tom a most marvellous gift all the way from the US of A to these happy kids in Sierra Leone. August in particular is in lurve with his! FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY! Follow our journey bringing hope to vulnerable children in Sierra Leone - please ❤ and share to raise awareness for Ebola’s Generation and children living with disabilities.
Soak up the beautiful Sanda Magbolontor scenery as Engineer Amara gives us a four minute guided tour, in impeccable English, of Hope Sakuma's precision bundings and irrigation channels - six plots of 30m x 40m completed in just 4 weeks - ready to be dug over for our nursing nerica rice seedlings. Inland Valley Swamps (IVS) like here at Hope Sakuma's demonstration farm can grow rice 3 times a year intensifying rice production sustainably boosting nutrition and livelihoods in S
More smiles for Madama Melrose, and all the kids living with disabilities at Mahanaim House as they receive a second 60 € donation from Uncle Ian in the UK to these disadvantaged children in Sierra Leone. The kids at Mahanaim House have a lovely welcome song for Hope's National Coordinator, Uncle Williams and thanking Uncle Ian for his generous donation of store cupboard essentials, 200,000 leones cash and some candy! These kids living with disabilities at Mahanaim are some o
The ladies of Sendugu plant heir groundnut in beautifully marked out rows which will make weeding easier and boost yield and the ladies have agreed to hold workshops next year to show women from 13 other Hope Sakuma villages how to get the best from their groundnut, using this site for one of our demonstration farms in Sanda Magbolontor Chiefdom. The Ladies of Madineh are planting their Hope Sakuma groundnut, this time the traditional way. Each village has 5 bushels to plant
Celebrating Day of the African Child with drums, in costumes fashioned themselves and with a song of their own composition in Krio and Mende - way to go kids, mightily impressed - the kids from Mama Mayila's Cradle present acehle-achele-achele: “Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen – good afternoon you don’t know us but we’re orphans – we entertain and we celebrate in this town - we’re the number one Biaa na (Mende greeting) We’re the orphanage culture - we’re the ones who (s