Chloe Kegg

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Cheese and Wine Evening, Saturday 30th April

Cheese wine night

Socialise with your neighbours and enjoy some nibbles and a glass of wine!

Come and join us for a lovely evening at 34 Carey Way, Olney.  We can promise great company and lovely food. Saturday 30th April 2016 at 7.30pm.
R.S.V.P. to Rachel on: 01234 711751 or Anne on: 01234 711196. Email: blintern@aol.com

Proceeds will be used to help us complete and furnish the Pre-school in Newton.

BBC Interview of SL Information Minister about 3-day lockdown

Sierra Leone’s Information Minster Alpha Kanu has been speaking to the BBC’s Newsday programme about the three-day Ebola lockdown. You can hear the interview on soundcloud.

A deserted street in Freetown on 28 March 2015

AP

And schools in Sierra Leone are due to reopen in mid-April, not today as we had earlier reported.

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3-Day Shutdown March 27th to 29th

In Sierra Leone the National Ebola Response Center (NERC) has told journalists that another three-days nation-wide shutdown will be conducted from March 27th to 29th. The exercise will be a repeat of the one that was done in September last year and according to the NERC CEO Major (rtd) Palo Conteh, the government and its partners are hopeful the shutdown will bring out latent cases that are not being reported or recorded.

 

Palo Conteh said the 3-days shut down will be both to re-sensitise on precautions as well as detect possible lines of transmission of the virus. Residents will be expected to stay at home throughout the three days exercise.

 

The last 3 days shutdown was proven to be very effective at highlighting the extent of the crisis. Sierra Leone has been recording haphazard number of cases. On some days, it will record single digits and then on other days, a sudden spike will be recorded in areas previously considered as virus-free. This is especially so for the North and West of the country.

 

Until the cases are down to zero for 21 continuous days, the country cannot be considered to be on any footing to start the journey towards being declared Ebola free. Liberia has now gone for ten continuous days without a single Ebola case. However, Guinea is also in the same straits as Sierra Leone with spikes and surges in numbers of cases.

Proposal to build Preschool/Day Care Centre

The consequences of the ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone are many and varied, one of them being the effect on children.  Many died during the outbreak and many lost one parent or both parents or the person who was looking after them at the time.

Although not quite so badly hit as in some areas of Sierra Leone the people in Newton are no exception so they have put forward a plan for a Preschool/Day Care Centre for vulnerable children.

The proposal is for a building to accommodate 105 children plus teachers and helpers.  Not only will it help the children but more women will be able to work in places such as the Pineapple Plantation and contribute to the family income.

preschool coloured sketch

The scheme appears to propose 3 rooms of 20ft x 30ft accessed off a covered veranda, with at one end a Staff Room / Office, with a store room leading off this.  Each room being 10ft x 15ft.  [The sketch above is based upon a sketch plan  received from Mabinty]

This seems to be compatible with the approach to the Skills Training Centre and the schools we visited.

We have received an estimate of the cost of building this facility which at the present rate of exchange is approx £9,000.  This facility is urgently needed.

 PLEASE  COULD YOU HELP US TO ACHIEVE THIS?

  • Donations can be made through Virgin Money Giving, or to Tricia our treasurer (phone 712919).
  • Perhaps you would consider becoming one of our corporate sponsors, details from Anne (phone 711196).
  • Would you consider giving a small amount each month by Standing Order, Tricia has the details for this.

Many thanks indeed for all your support, past and present. I can assure you it is greatly appreciated by the people of Newton.

Rachel Lintern

Soup Lunch, Saturday 31st March

Soup lunch

Warm up with a tasty bowl of soup and good company

Another chance to eat well and enjoy the company of your neighbours. A lovely soup lunch will be served at 34 Carey Way, Olney.
Tickets are available for lunches. Lunches are free but a donation to ONL would be appreciated. Tickets available by ringing 01234 711751 or 01234 711196.

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