We hope that you enjoyed the last newsletter - quite a lot has happened since then and we are now able to let you know how things are at Waterloo. If you did not receive a copy of our newsletter and would like to subscribe, please enter your email address and click on the Newsletters box at the bottom of this page.
Your continued support has made it possible for us to put in place a repair and improvement programme at the three schools. Thanks to each and every one of you for making this possible. Also we want to put on record our thanks to the people on the ground out there for the work they put into the charity. In particular we would like to thank Morlai Kamara, Mabel Sawyerr, Kenneth Kromanty and indeed, one of our past students, Christopher Cole, now studying at Fourah Bay University in Freetown, who has sent us some up to date photographs of his old school.
1. As we informed you last year Ebola struck Sierra Leone and the community in Waterloo in a really dreadful way. We are supporting families, teachers and children now, and again thank you for making this possible by your generosity.
2. The Zoe Carss Education Trust, when they saw the deterioration of the fabric of the nursery school, made a very generous donation that enabled us to repair and improve the buildings and install toilets and a septic tank. A very big thank you to them! Our builder Augustine Moiba has again done a great job as you can see from the photographs!
3. Another building project completed since Ebola has been the inspection and repair work to existing roof coverings of the Primary School and making good ceilings, together with the repair and painting of walls, doors and windows to the classrooms.
4. The future of a country depends on the education of its children - this is a key tenet in the philosophy of our charity. For that reason we will, this year, be setting up a ‘Dr Read Bursary’ to enable promising students, once they have completed their education at the Senior Secondary School, to go on to university.
5. What Waterloo Schools Charity does is to help to educate children. The families they come from are subsistence farmers and workers who really cannot afford the school fees, cost of books and uniform and this is where we come in. If you ask a child what they want to do they will tell you "I want to go to school". The video shown here tells the story.
6. Fundraising Events
Saturday 2nd July - We are delighted that Tarantara Choir will be singing at St Peters Church, Inkberrow, to raise funds for Waterloo Schools - as they have done for us in the past. More details to follow but put the date in your diary! It will be a superb summer’s evening with wine and music. For more information please visit www.tarantara.org.uk. Tickets cost £10 each. If you are interested please call Sue on 01386 553891 or Anne on 01386 793271.
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Welcome to Waterloo Schools Charity
Forty years ago Laurie Read, founder of the Charity, worked as a teacher in Sierra
Leone before returning to the UK to take up medicine. His love for this little
African country never left him. At that time, newly independent Sierra Leone
was developing and full of promise for the future.
However, the subsequent years of dictatorship and civil war brought the country
to its knees and made it difficult for Laurie to keep in touch. Upon retiring
from the NHS in 2005 he and his wife, Sue, made a visit to Sierra Leone to
see whether he could work there as a surgeon. It also gave Laurie a chance
to visit the Peninsula Secondary School where he had been principal and had
taught science so many years earlier. He was horrified by what he found. As
a direct result of that visit Waterloo Schools Charity was founded in 2005
and its aim is to co-operate with the people of Waterloo in restoring and developing
nursery, primary and secondary school education.
Sadly, Laurie Read passed away in 2014 but his legacy lives on through
the efforts of a committed group of trustees, here and in Sierra Leone, and
ably led by Sue Read. Thanks also go to our dedicated and hardworking
team of fundraisers and all our donors who give so generously.
For donations or more information please call +44 (0)1386 553891
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