Two orphanage schools benefit from Swedish support


June 16, 2015 By Samuel Ben Turay

Two orphanage schools, Advanced Orphanage School, located at Rogbangba in the Western Urban Area, and Makeni in the northern part of the country, have received support from Swedish donors in the form of salaries for teachers.

Speaking to journalists last weekend in Allen Town, east Freetown, Finance Officer of Advanced Orphanage School project, Amidu Kanu, said they have received Le 10 million from the Brinck family in Sweden for the payment of teachers in both schools.

He said the money came through an organization called New Hope Sweden to pay nine teachers for six months.

According Kanu, the Rogbangba School has 98 pupils while the enrollment in Makeni is 207. “These are all orphan children. Some of them have lost both parents while some have only single parents. The ten million Leones is not enough but we are happy for what we already received,” he said, adding that the money was not the only assistance they have received from the Swedes. “We had received both learning materials and used clothes sometimes in 2013,” he revealed.

Mr. Kanu thanked their Swedish benefactors and reminded them about discussions they have had with respect to purchasing land for the Makeni school, so that it would have its own structure.

One of the teachers, John Sesay, said since the school was founded in 2008, the government of Sierra Leone has never provided help to them, despite several efforts in that regard. He said teachers in both schools are well-trained and qualified. “Some even have Higher Teachers Certificate (HTC),” he said, adding that the Makeni School is going through a lot of challenges, including insufficient furniture and no subvention from the government.