The Kelly Rural Vocational Agricultural Secondary School in Hastings, Sierra Leone approached Education for Hope for assistance to build a fence around the school perimeter to prevent burglary and vandalism of its properties and assets. The school toilet facility is being used by unwelcome guests and people from the neighboring communities, leaving it filthy and destroying its components. Over the years, the school has faced multiple break-ins, resulting in property damage and loss of valuable educational resources. After school hours, its classrooms are being used as a leisurely and hang out spot by people in the surrounding areas.
The Kelly Rural Vocational Agricultural Secondary School is a government assisted institution and lacks additional funding to continuously repair and replace these assets. Additionally, the situation poses a high safety concern for its teachers and pupils as there is no single point of entry or access control. Although the school has a security staff, they are only able to cover a limited area. Furthermore, the pupils tend to skip classes after breaks resulting high absenteeism and poor grades.
In 2014, the school submitted a proposal requesting funding to build the fence, but due to lack of funds, more immediate focus of completing the Three Communities Primary School in Rogbomtama village, Port Loko district, and the devastating Ebola outbreak, Education for Hope was unable to fund the project. The situation is now urgent and dire and, as a result, EFH Board Member Mr. Sylvanus Davies was able to raise the funds necessary to construct the fence.
We are incredibly indebted to Mr. Davies for his efforts and generous donation in making this project a reality. The construction of the fence commenced on Monday, March 20 th , 2017, an intended completion date of May 31, 2017.