Wanting to support Sierra Leone, Hannah Fitt, the Director of SAFE, visited a primary school in the area of Lumpa. Having been helping the school since 2011, Hannah assessed the impacts of the disaster, identifying what was needed to improve education standards. 

While the nation is no longer in a state of emergency, it was clear that it is struggling to recover from the damage caused by a series of disasters. The Ebola outbreak, along with the mudslides two years later, has left the Kankaylay Islamic School completely stripped of resources. They are severely lacking the books, stationary and teaching materials they need to provide the children with a proper education.  

How SAFE has helped  

SAFE has gathered donations and materials that will be sent over to Sierra Leone via a shipping container. The container will leave Cardiff on Friday 7th December, taking around a month to get to Africa. The container will carry the following items; all of which have been donated by local businesses and organisations.  

  • Computers  
  • School resources – exercise books, pencil cases, stationery 
  • School bags 
  • English dictionaries 
  • Craft materials – playdough, plasticine, coloured card 
  • Junior level textbooks – English, maths 
  • Reading books 
  • Resources for walls – alphabet posters, number posters, junior level 
  • Storage units – small drawers, filing cabinets etc 
  • Home economics items - cooking supplies, pans, wooden spoons 
  • Sports equipment 
  • First aid – plasters, bandages, antiseptic wash, sanitary products 
  • School desks and chairs  

Hannah Fitt, Director of the SAFE Foundation, said: 

“We’ve been supporting the school since 2011 and were all shocked at the deprivation 
when we started but having gone back 7 years later after the natural disasters and health epidemic we’ve been stunned at how seriously they impacted the already desperate situation. However, I also felt really encouraged that there’s so much we could do and could see very clearly how we can make a massive difference straight away.” 

“I would like to say thank you to Boomerang Cardiff, Bid-In, Colcott School, RhinoRecruitment.Com and the many organisations that wanted to remain anonymous for their incredibly generous donations. We know these items will make a huge difference to the level of education the school can offer its pupils”.  

Mohammed Bangura, Headteacher of the Kankaylay Islamic School, said:  

“We have met many problems in our country, with the children suffering the most. Ebola killed many family members and then the mudslides. After, we had many health problems and now many are left with nothing. We are excited about our work with SAFE because we know the value and difference it will make: it will give our children the future they deserve.” 
 

Give the Gift of giving  

While the SAFE team along with their corporate sponsors have done a great job in filling a whole container, there is still work to be done. This is why SAFE Foundation is asking their supporters to give the gift of giving this Christmas. By donating on a family members or friend's behalf, you can allow them to be part of this amazing cause.  

Donations will go towards the following:  

  • Teacher salaries 
  • School dinners for the children  
  • The security of the school  
  • Delivery of holistic education programmes  
  • And much more 

To donate, follow this link - https://www.thesafefoundation.co.uk/donate/donate 

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Note to Editors 

The SAFE Foundation, founded by twin sisters Hannah Fitt and Lucy Dickenson, is a Cardiff-based international development charity. It is committed to helping poor communities in developing countries access basic human rights, education and healthcare. In addition, the SAFE Foundation works with vulnerable young people in the UK, helping them to reach their potential and reconnect with society and the world. 

SAFE works with the Kankaylay Islamic School to deliver a programme of education that focuses on social skills, decision making and building confidence, as well as highlighting issues of HIV and AIDS, nutritional health and gender equality. SAFE also provides funding for the infrastructure of the school and support 25 orphans who are most in need.