Follow the kids journey planting seeds, destined not just for the Cradle's veg beds but also for Hope Sakuma, the kids' sustainable farm deep in Sierra Leone's interior. Miss Mya leads Knox, Alex and Miss Sophie on a seed planting extravaganza! Carefully adding water to rehydrate sterile coconut coir pellets and then dibbing holes of varying sizes to accommodate large melon and cucumber seeds and small tomato and hot pepper seeds, the kids plant an amazing 180 seeds! Okra for
Aunty Hawa and Ami proudly welcome Aunty Rose and our Board yesterday to Hope's Sweetie-Sweet Rice, offering country quality at Freetown prices. Chair Alfred and Vidal soak up the ambience while Aunty Rose makes straight for the kitchen which clearly passes muster! 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.
Hope's Board have called an extraordinary meeting to discuss how to make an extraordinary dream a reality.... The meet's been called to discuss the vision of our treasurer, Dr Frank N'Yama's for every family to keep ducks and for those with no space community duckeries. Volunteers Mo and Tim were on hand to explain the upcoming farmer field school that will deliver Dr N'Yama's dream and the benefits of Azolla one (of many) of which is that ducks absolutely love it! By happy c
The kids start their Sunday with a quick tour Sendugu, Manays, Makelekos and the Wurreh line and distributing lollipops, to distribute some of their own clothes that no longer fit to kids just as much in need - sometimes these kids bowl us over with their consideration and kindness. Next up visits to Mamatay, Magbolontor and Kamalo, three of the 14 villages particpating in our IVS to talk through some of the many challenges the farmers faced and to receive a small contributio
Arriving as dusk falls to the fabled Mabanta River crossing yesterevening Alex, Mya, Knox, Sophie, Barey and Leo find the water high and the ferry yonder on the other bank but a quick visit to the Regent Chief sees the ferrymen kindly agree to cross again and pick us up, soothing the ever-so-slightly anxious adults present... First thing next morning the kids are up and about exploring Sendugu, capital of Sanda Magbolontor, enjoying the central roundabout and noting the litte
It's all go for the kids and Uncle Mo pops in with August, Mya and Leo to say thank you to Aunty Yvonne, Uncle's Gabriel and Harry and the Hearts and Hands team for their kind consideration in setting up and running the summer camp attracting rave reviews from the kids! The kids are enjoying two weeks of debates on hot topics, spelling bees, math classes and sports thanks to the fantastic charitable initiative by Hearts and Hands for orphanages and vulnerable children. FOLLOW
Time to catch up with the Makelekos All-Stars seen clearing and planting our third IVS rice paddy, while Engineer Amara checks on our Azolla which is settling in and clumping together nicely! In Sanda Magbolontor chiefdom - where our sustainable farm, Hope Sakuma, is based - there are hundreds of hectares of inland valley swamps suitable for intensive rice production and we're hoping to show farmers in our Autumn Farmer Field School that amazing Azolla can provide enough nitr
Well, if not exactly a gala opening - we're saving that for later in the year when Mama Mayila's around - then a very successful first day yesterday with food going down a treat with customers and kids alike and two deciated volunteers, Hassan and Hawa - responsible for brnging this fine Baffa Cookery into being in just 10 days - looking rightly proud! Leo's definately got the right idea and Sweetie-Sweet's rewarded with brisk business from construction sites, the neighbourin