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Latest News from Waterloo Schools Charity, Waterloo, Sierra Leone, Africa.

Posted September 2022

** STOP PRESS – FISH n CHIP SUPPER & QUIZ NIGHT – 28th OCTOBER **

A Huge Thank You to the Inner Wheel Club of Redditch

Along with many charities we were unable to hold fund raising events during the pandemic. We are indebted, therefore, to the wonderful group of ladies from the Inner Wheel Club of Redditch, who supported the Charity, raising a most generous sum of money during the very difficult time of 2020-22. The members came up with a wonderful variety of ideas to raise money, from a swimathon, helicopter ride raffle, to an auction of promises, to name a few.

If any of our supporters know of a voluntary association or club who might consider supporting us with a fund raising event, however big or small, please do let us know. WSC Trustee Margaret Mandrell, who has visited the schools in Sierra Leone, would also be very happy to visit any organisations in the Worcestershire area to speak about the schools and the work we do. She is a very interesting speaker and has often been asked back to speak on a variety of subjects.

A Huge Thank You to our Supporters

The Charity is aware of the rising cost of living not only in the UK but also in Sierra Leone and we are carefully considering which projects we can afford to fund. It is only because of your continued generosity that we are able to do anything at all. We will do our utmost to support ongoing projects and are looking into a number of future projects.

Every Pound raised goes directly to the Waterloo Schools to continue the provision of education and welfare of staff and pupils. Thank you.

2021 / 2022 HIGHLIGHTS


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Ongoing Projects

  • Provision of Rice
  • Salary Subsidies
  • Dr. Read Bursaries
  • Lunch Subsidies

New Projects

  • School uniform appeal
    There is a total of 1395 pupils at primary and nursery school needing school uniform (the parents get no financial help). Can we APPEAL to our supporters to make a one off donation or our standing order subscribers to increase their regular donations by £5. £5 will provide a child with a set of uniform.
  • Sewing Machines
    We are also collecting sewing machines in the UK to be shipped to Waterloo, hoping that a class in sewing and tailoring can be set up next year. If you have hand or treadle sewing machines that you would like to pass on, please contact us.
  • Playground equipment
    All children love to play and our little ones at Zoe Carss Nursery are no exception. We are therefore looking to ship out pre-loved playground equipment early next year.
  • Completion of Toilets
    At a recent Trustee Meeting it was agreed to fund the installation of a new pump to an existing well and completion of the toilets at the Zoe Carss Nursery.

Our thanks to the 3580 Kissitown Refugee Camp Project who have offered space in their container, which they plan to send out to Sierra Leone early next year. WSC Trustee Neil Morland will also be visiting the schools at Easter.

UPCOMING EVENT

Trivia Quiz & Fish n Chip Supper
Friday, 28th October, 2022

Dormston Village Hall, WR7 4LB
7 pm for 7.30 pm start

We are really excited to announce the return of our quiz and supper night. We hope you can bring along a team for this family evening. To reserve a table (teams of 4-6) please call Anne on 07580 351361 or Sue on 01386 553891.

Tickets are £12 per person to include supper. Children under 12 - £7

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Our thanks to our supporters who are “helping them to help themselves"

Mission Statement

Founded in 2005, the Waterloo Schools Charity has done a great deal with your help to achieve its stated aim and vision:

To advance the education of children in Waterloo, Sierra Leone, particularly but not exclusively those attending Waterloo Primary School and the Peninsula Secondary School, by the provision of financial assistance, equipment support and such other facilities as the trustees shall from time to time in their absolute discretion determine.

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Welcome to Waterloo Schools Charity based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Africa.

Fifty years ago Laurie Read, founder of the Charity, worked as a teacher in Sierra Leone, Africa 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.