Chloe Kegg

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Update on the new Pre-school

New Toilets for the PreSchool

As you may remember, last year the Olney Newton Link was proud to support the building of a new PreSchool – a daytime centre for little people of preschool age who had lost their parents or carers during the Ebola outbreak.

We are pleased to hear that the school is now really popular and lots of children have enrolled – both orphans and other youngsters.  However, so far only classroom and office has been built and there is not yet a toilet block – these little people are having to share the adult facilities in the next door Institute.  We are sending over funds so that the work can continue but still need more.  It is important that this is completed as soon as possible as the school term has begun and the weather is dry – please help if you can!


A new dressmaking business!

You may remember that we recently had a request for help from our friend Brima James Kabia in Newton.  He wanted to set up a dressmakers/tailoring business for young people who had missed out on education.  He asked for manual and electric sewing machines plus a small generator and we were delighted that, with the help of the charity ‘Workaid’, we were able to send them.


Brima James Kabia has recently sent us these photos of the tutor testing the machines, and our friend Mariatu, working the pedals.  It has been suggested that they start the enterprise with five pupils, and they are hoping for more.  More electric sewing machine are wanted but it seems that things are progressing well.

The Bursary

Enabling students to study

At the request of the committee in Newton, we have established an annual bursary to allow local people to study. Ten students will benefit from the bursary this year – mostly mature students who have missed out on an education due to the Civil War. We have received some lovely comments from the students, thanking everyone in Olney for helping them to study.

Sponsorship Receivers

Ester Tarawally. My name is Ester Tarawally born of Newton7. Prince Alfred rd. I study Human Resource management. I have received a partial scholarship for my course . Thank you very much. God bless you.

ISHMAEL Kanu. My name is Ishmael Kanu. I am born of Newton.I am a student of Newton College studying accounting and Financial. I have received a scholarship for my studies from Olney Newton Link . Thank you.

Adama Jar. My name is Adama Jar I am a student at Newton College studying banking and finance. I have received a partial scholarship for my final year N.C.T. V. A. exams from Mr Fofana and team . Thank you very much.

Fatmata James. My name is Fatmata James. I am born of Newton. I study Business administration at Newton College. Thank you for the scholarship.

My name is Alimamy Tarawalie, a student of Newton College doing Teachers Certificate. Thank you for the scholarship.

Sarah Mansaray. My name is Sarah Mansaray ,I am a student at Newton College. I study banking and finance. I have got a partial scholarship for my final year examination from you. Thank you very much.

James Sankoh. I am a student at Newton college. I study accounting and finance. I am born of Newton. Have received a scholarship from Mr Fofanah for my final year Diploma Course. God bless you all.

My name is Ernest bai Raymond born in Newton , 148, Old Motor Road. I study Human Resource Management I have received partial scholarship for my course. Thank you. God bless you.

A Night at the Musicals, Tuesday 13th March, 7pm

Our wonderful friends at Ousedale School are kindly putting on a concert in aid of the Olney Newton Link.  The theme will be ‘Musicals’ with some slight variations!  The concert will start at 7pm with doors opening at 6.30pm.  It is expected to last for 2 hours, complete with an interval and refreshments.  Contact the school on 01908 210203 to purchase tickets (adults £6, concessions £4).  The concert is being held at the Newport Pagnell Campus, The Grove, Newport Pagnell  MK16 OBJ.  Click here to read the poster for more information. 

A Newly Completed Water Well

It has been wonderful to see photos of the newly completed water well, sent to us by the ONL Committee in Newton.

Mabinty Sesay, Treasurer of the Newton Committee, has confirmed that the well was being used by the local community as well as one of the schools.  Completion had been hampered by the continuing rainy season which seemed to have lasted much longer than usual.  However, we are so pleased that it’s now up and running – a very valuable resource.

Afternoon Tea, Saturday 25th August, 3pm until 5pm

You are warmly invited to join us for afternoon tea with delicious cakes and cream scones,
on Saturday August 25th from 3pm until 5pm at 34 Carey Way, Olney.

Tickets cost £5 in aid of water wells and the preschool facilities.  Please buy your tickets in advance from Anne 01234 711196 , Sue 01234 712540 or Rachel 01234 711751.

A Dressmaking/Tailoring Future for Young People

We have recently had a request from our friend Brima James Kabia in Newton. He would like to set up a dressmakers/tailoring business for young people who have missed out on education. He had asked for manual sewing machines and an electric one plus a small generator. We are delighted to say that a charity based in Chesham – ‘Workaid’ – has supplied us with an electric sewing machine plus an assortment of accessories all free of charge (see photograph). So all the Olney Newton Link need to do is pay shipping costs. The manual machines can be purchased in Sierra Leone.

We are looking forward to receiving photos of the workshop in due course – we know it will be a very successful little business and are looking forward to watching it develop.

*Workaid tackle poverty by supplying disadvantaged people with the tools they need to acquire practical skills and become self supporting.

Autumn Antics, 3pm-5pm, Friday 2nd November

Fun for all the family at the Youth Club in Olney. Join us for Seasonal Crafts, decorating biscuits, games, story time, hotdog or burger and more…. (food served 4.30pm).  All are welcome and a brilliant time can be had by all!  All funds raised will go towards the construction of the Newton Preschool, helping orphans and young children.

Tickets are £7, with adults and children under 2 free. The price will includes all activities, food (hotdog or burger) and soft drinks for children. Tea and coffee will be available for adults.

Event to be held at the Olney Youth Centre, East Street, Olney. Tickets can be obtained from Café Rosco and The Phonebox (Orchard Press) or by calling Sally x712866/ Sue x712540/ Anne x711196

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