In 2011, a teacher shared with us his anguish after a girl was rushed to hospital. Their school had no toilet facilities, so she had wandered into the bushes to use the toilet. Whilst she was in the bushes, she was bitten by a snake. A few months before that, two boys passed away because of their bites. We realised we could help make schools safe.
Many of the schools we work in don’t have facilities that enable learning. During the decade long civil war in Sierra Leone, over 1200 schools were burnt to the ground. The remaining schools are often severely underesourced and overcrowded.
We’ve finished building 1 school – with 3 classrooms and a toilet block, in the Magbafth Community, and we’re almost done with our second school in the Ronietta community – both of which will benefit hundreds of girls (and boys) for generations to come!
If you make schools safe for girls, they’ll show up. And that’s half the battle won.
Watch this space for more updates on our newly ‘Awesomised’ Schools!