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!
We would love you to join us for our AGM at Gravett Hall, Sutcliff Baptist Church. Our speaker will be Julie Palmer who is a Sierra Leonean. She is also the owner of the shipping company the the Olney Newton Link use to send goods to Newton. It should be an interesting talk!
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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.
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.
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.
The Folio Craft club are holding a ‘drop-in’ coffee day, along with gifts, sale table, cakes to purchase, bric-a-brac and a raffle. All will be in aid of the Olney Newton Link and the Folio Craft Club. Come and join us for coffee, tea, juice and homemade cake (donations are invited) and of course great company! We’re meeting at 104 High Street, Olney. Please come!
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.
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.
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.
Preschool’s end of term ceremony
We are really pleased to say that all of the hard work has paid off! The Preschool, which we helped to set up in response to the Ebola crisis which killed so many, is now up and running and doing really well.
Set up to look after young orphaned children whilst carers worked, the Preschool has just celebrated it’s first end of term ceremony. We’re told that the children read and sang, prizes were awarded and speeches made. A great success!
The photograpPhotos show (from left to right, rows 1 and 2):
1. Teacher and pupil reading rhymes, with Val King the Chair of the Newton Committee in the background;
2. Prize giving
3. Children reciting rhymes;
4. Mabinty giving welcome address;
5. Speech from Councillor;
6. Pupil reciting a rhyme;
7. Bakkar, secretary of the Newton Committee and Principal of the Institute, giving a vote of thanks;
8. Cross Section of parents and carers.