Two young ladies of the Dewey family COMPLETED a 25 mile cycle ride on Tissington Trail on 6th September to raise funds for the Link. For more information please go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/totheloo
During a visit to Sierra Leone for the wedding of one of our trustees, Claire Lintern, 4 of us ie Brian and Rachel Lintern and Anne and Rob McCallum visited Newton on April 13th and14th. We were greeted by the ONL Secretary, Abu Bakarr Fofanah and the Treasurer Mabinty Sesay and the Newton Scouts who gave us a splendid marching display.
We were taken to see our various projects:
The Skills Training Centre: this is now in full use by students studying various subjects. The tutors are provided by the University of Sierra Leone. ONL being responsible for the development of the building. The urgent need is for a photocopier and toilet facilities. Further development is envisaged on land adjoining the present building.
The Community Toilets: the cesspit is virtually completed and the walls for the cubicles stand about 3ft high.
The Water Well: this is complete and has been in use but during the dry season the water table has fallen so it needs to be extended downwards for a further few feet.
The Newton Health Centre: we saw the solar panels, now working well, and the solar suitcase. There is provision for water from a well feeding a storage tank. We were taken to the maternity ward which is in need of new beds, a proper delivery bed and more health information.
Ahmadiyya Agricultural Secondary School: we were able to meet the head teachers of both the junior and senior sections and were shown 2 new classrooms which had no furniture.
Since our return to the UK we have been able to send money for the extension of the Water Well in time for the rains. Ousedale School(Olney) have sent money for the provision of some tables and chairs for AASS.