Things in Sierra Leone have started to return to normal - although a few logistical challenges remain. Phase II of the Three Communities Primary school has started. The completion of this school will give 150 children the opportunity to go to school for the first time, so they can learn to read and write and have hope for a better tomorrow.
The Education for Hope (EFH) Board and Management team would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to you for participating in the “Raffle for Rogbomtama raffle” fund-raising event and for attending the raffle draw at Ted’s Montana. We hope that you had a great time, and learned about EFH's work in Sierra Leone.
Thanks to the management and staff at Ted’s Montana for hosting us at their 4300 Wilson Boulevard location in Arlington, Virginia; and thank you to our donor—Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, in Washington D.C.
The winners’ of the “Raffle for Rogbomtama” are:
Stephanie Daniels – 1st Prize - 40” Samsung Smart TV
Jon Weinberg – 2nd Prize - Microsoft Surface Tablet
N’dora T. Brooks – 3rd Prize – 2-nights at the Marriott Wardman Park
We hope you join us again next year for another raffle fund-raising event.
Again, thank you for your support —together we are changing lives!
Join us on Friday, August 29, 2014, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm for Raffle for ROGBOMTAMA! You can build a school and have a chance to win one of these great prizes!
|1st Prize||40” Samsung Smart TV|
|2nd Prize||Microsoft Surface Laptop Tablet|
|3rd Prize||2 nights at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C.|
The raffle ticket is available on Eventbrite - $10.00.
*Winner does not need to be present to be eligible, if the winner is absent, the prize will be mailed to the U.S. address provided.
The raffle drawing will be held at Ted’s Montana Grill, 4300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203 (Nearest Metro Station: Ballston- MU – Orange Line), to raise funds for Phase 2 of the Three Communities Primary School. Have dinner and drinks at Ted’s, and 15% of you bill will go towards the project.
The Rogbomtama School project is a proposal from three communities - Rogbomtama, Mabene and Mamama. These communities are situated in a district called Port Loko in Sierra Leone. Ninety-five percent of the district’s residents are illiterate and many depend on fishing and farming as forms of livelihood. Between these three communities, there are approximately 95 children of school age (50 boys and 45 girls) and no functioning school. Along with Education for Hope, the communities hope to construct a nine-room structure - six classrooms, an office, a library and a storage facility - with six-room toilet stalls.
With your support, the dream of these communities owning their first school will soon be realized.
Thanks for your generous support of our effort to give hope and to help the children of Sierra Leone realize their dreams and natural potential. People such as you make it possible for us to continue to create pathways out of poverty through education.
We are pleased to receive a grant from the Friends of Sierra Leone (FOSL). This grant will enable EFH to start Phase 2 of the Three Communities Primary School project in Rogbomtama village, Port Loko District, Sierra Leone. EFH Board of Directors and management team express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the FOSL Board of Directors for awarding this grant.
Many folks are inquiring if Education for Hope is accepting donations for the Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone. Our answer is simply NO. Although we are certified by SLANGO to implement programs in the Health and Education sectors, we do not have the logistics or capacity to implement programs in the Health sector at this time. Therefore, we are referring people to contact the Sierra Leone embassy, 701 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 939-9261 or the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation through their Facebook page directly - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ministry-of-Health-and-Sanitation-Sierra-Leone/281064805403702 – a coordinated approach is the best response.
Please beware of those who are trying to capitalize on the situation for personal gains. Make sure you do your research and ask specific questions before you donate.
If you would like to support any of the Education for Hope educational programs in Sierra Leone, please donate via our website by clicking the Donate button or send your donations to P. O. Box 6181, Woodbridge, VA 22193. We believe that education is the foundation of economic development and sustainability.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by the Ebola outbreak. We hope to share meaningful information about Ebola through our communication channels.
We are making progress on the Three Communities Primary school project in Rogbomtama village, Port Loko district, Sierra Leone.
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, Education for Hope team had the great pleasure of formally meeting with the Sierra Leone Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens. The purpose of the meeting was to inform Ambassador Stevens of EFH work and programs in Sierra Leone. The team discussed the educational situation in Sierra Leone and highlighted its partnership with the Sierra Leone Library Board, projects completed, and ongoing projects; and also presented him with an official document acknowledging EFH as a member of the Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (SLANGO), and a copy of EFH’s 2012 official report.
Ambassador Stevens was impressed with EFH’s endeavors to support primary school education across Sierra Leone. Having worked as an academic, he expressed concerns about the literacy level among Sierra Leone’s youth. He emphasized the need for Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora in the United States to engage in development efforts back home. Lastly, he agreed to be of assistance in furthering EFH’s cause locally and in the United States. The entire Education for Hope board and staff are grateful to Ambassador Stevens for his time and genuine interest in our mission.
The Tumba Primary School held its first sporting event on February 21, 2014. It was well attended and a great success. Many thanks to the community and volunteer staff for making this event a success. The children had fun and are looking forward to the next sporting activity.