News archive: 2014

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21 December 2014

The St George Foundation's Ebola work has been featured in an article the BBC News website: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-30547749

 

20 December 2014

This Sky News video was filmed at the St George Foundation centre. (Note: Since filming, the number of children at the centre has increased.)

Full Sky News article: news.sky.com/story/1395083/stigma-of-sierra-leones-ebola-orphans-remains

 

December 2014

Our friends in the USA Africa Surgery Inc. learn that we need to assist over 100 orphans.

They support with a US$40,000 contribution to enable that work to carry on smoothly and in time for the children's needs and not our ability to raise the funds. It has made all the difference for the children concerned.

Africa Surgery Inc. have now accounted for about half the total sum raised.

To learn more about them visit their website, africasurgery.org.

 

December 2014

St George continues counting Ebola orphans and the total has passed 1000 in our area Western Rural.   About 10% of those need urgent residential care and assistance.

 

22 November 2014

Over 20 volunteers came together in Romsey Town Centre on 22nd November to raise funds for the Ebola crisis. Despite the heavy rainfall, they raised a fantastic £1,300 by selling goodies on a market stall donated by Bradbeers and carrying out collections across the centre.

This money will go directly the St George Foundation Ebola Appeal. Helping and supporting children who are sadly becoming orphans due to the devastation in Sierra Leone with the Ebola outbreak. 

 

18 November 2014

On the 18th October volunteers from Chineham Girlguiding group helped us fundraise at Sainsbury's in Kempshott for the Ebola Crisis.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated, altogether an amazing £666 was raised for the St George Foundation, and this will go directly to the Ebola appeal.

 

16 November 2014

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death on Sunday morning of our dear friend Eddie.

Dominic 'Eddie' Koroma has given our children ten years of dedicated and loving service as the house father at the St George Centre. He has been ill for many weeks but due to the Ebola crisis he was unable to go to hospital in his own time of need as they are closed to new patients.

 

14 November 2014

In partnership with UNICEF, we donated food and non food items to children who have been orphaned by the deadly Ebola Virus in the Western Rural District Headquarter Town of Waterloo.

These items were distributed to 175 children who have lost their parents through Ebola and are in desperate need of support. For the full write up by African Young Voices please click here.

 

November 2014

A New Partnership is formed.

Clients of the car business (Sierra Leone 4x4) that Philip runs as a way of raising funds for St George Foundation have joined in with efforts to help child Ebola victims: Africa Surgery Inc. (based in the USA) ordinarily sends volunteer surgeons to Sierra Leone, but their work is on hold due to Ebola.

Keen to help in any way they offered a partnership to enable St George to reach out to more children than we could on our own.

In November they supported us with US$20,000 (matching what we had just raised in the UK).

To learn more about them visit their website, africasurgery.org.

 

November 2014

St George continues to register Ebola orphans in our local district Western Rural and the figure passes 500.

 

6 November 2014

Richard and Carolynne met with founder of Street Child, Tom Dannatt and Kelfa, their local director, to discuss the Ebola crisis and to share news on how best we can deal with the situation going forward.

In addition, we discussed our Business Scheme, a scheme setup to support families Sierra Leone in the long term.

 

November 2014

At the beginning of November, St George received our first intake those children affected by the Ebola crisis. These children have come to us via UNICEF, have suffered with the disease themselves and come with a medical certificate that they have had Ebola and recovered.

Sadly however, they have lost parents and their families and neighbours are too afraid to take them in themselves. These children are physically very weak and all have experienced the loss and trauma that Ebola causes.

 

September 2014

During the recent 3-day shut down in Sierra Leone, the St George joined with other Non-Governmental Organisations to provide food to children remaining on the street during this period.
 
The government have closed all schools in Sierra Leone until this crisis has passed. St George have hired teachers to continue with the basics for the children in our centre during this period.

Once in St George they are given the help and support they need to recover, whilst our social workers will work with other family members or neighbours to ensure that the children can be welcomed back into society. It is expected that this process will take about 4-6 weeks.

 

March 2014

Here is a brief report from Eddie, Grafton Centre Manager:

"Am happy to let you know that all the kids are happy and going to school. They have their school sport and all of them are taken in the sport. I just want to thank you all for being there for them, only God will reward you people. Love from all the kids, Eddie"

 

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