We rescue street children in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

St George Foundation provides care, education, and a home.

Latest update from Sierra Leone

September Update

26 September 2019

Flood Children

There have been 83 children on site at Grafton, partly as a result of the displacement of children due to the flooding. The number is now down to 77 as reunifications start. 50 of these were flood victims, but another 50 flood victims have been supported in the community.  As they go home each child is being given a small set of school books, a book bag and stationary so they have something to start school again, together with replacement clothing.  While staying at the Centre, they have been given informal teaching by our own social workers.
 

Nursing Volunteers

A nurse from St George Church in Germany will be visiting the Centre from October to end of December. She will be concentrating on training the staff and the resident Centre nurse in particular.

It is also planned for her to be working on a programme with the severely disabled children, who have all improved considerably since Hilary visited the Centre earlier in the year.  Even though Hilary was ill much of the time and returned early, it seems she has planted a seed that has been really positive for these children.

A volunteer student paediatric nurse is also going to visit the Centre in early October, as she has a nursing placement in two hospitals in Freetown. It is hoped that both she and St George Foundation will benefit from her visit.

Water Update

We are hoping to have clean water piped in soon.

CRS (Catholic Relief service) bought land for a community group at Grafton, very close to the Centre. They have their own large dam that supplies them with water and the community is in agreement that St George can access that water, but it has to pass a neighbouring (industrial)  property to reach the main road and then the pipes will be laid along the  highway so avoiding private property and the scouts land.

The negotiations are well advanced and the industrial site owners have been able to negotiate to gain access too, but in order to do that they are going to lay larger pipes (paid for by the owners of the industrial site).  They are just waiting for that work to be completed and then we can bury the pipe along the highway edge and ensure it then gets to the Centre. 
 

Electricity

We are also expecting to be connected to the electricity supply soon.

We have paid our deposit (50%), but the electricity company is waiting for the remainder of the neighbouring properties that want electricity to pay their deposits too in order to make the final connections.  It seems that the electricity company is waiting for a critical mass to have paid to justify completing this. 

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The St George Foundation does not receive funds from national campaigns or the UK Government to support its vital work transforming children's lives. 

To support each child costs the charity £5/day, which includes the provision of food, shelter, medical care and enrolment at a local school. However, to continue our work we need your help.

97% of your donation is spent on the actual project: achieved by very low UK overheads and no paid staff in the UK

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