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Excitement is building for the grand opening of Good News Pentecostal Community School, Sierra Leone, which Brethertons is delighted to have sponsored.
What was once an unloved patch of wasteland has been transformed into a two classroom school and separate toilet block in just eight weeks. It’s a far cry from the cramped hall that has been serving as a school house for nearly 100 primary school age children in the area. Not only did they have to squeeze into a noisy, shared hall but their one toilet was so dark that many of the children were too scared to use it.
Charity founder, Alan Wolstencroft adds “This project will make a real difference to this small, impoverished rural community. The classroom facilities will improve the learning environment for the children and the toilet facilities will be a great benefit to the church, the school and the entire community. Every pound has gone directly to the project and will have an impact on the lives of approximately 200 people.”
Construction has been testament to African perseverance and ingenuity; the hole has been dug by six men using only picks, shovels and a bucket and rope system. It’s estimated they’ve moved approximately 60 tons of soil using this method. The cement blocks were all made on site, providing employment and adding to the community feel.
Alan’s Africa was founded over ten years ago by Alan to help communities in Sierra Leone. As a business that also values community and development, Brethertons are thrilled to have sponsored this project and can’t wait for the children and families to benefit from their new learning environment.