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Background

Build on Books (BOB) www.buildonbooks.com and its partner Construction and Development Partnership (CODEP) www.codep.co.uk, have both been supporting a Feeding Program for orphans in Sierra Leone, in the Waterloo district, Western Rural Area. The program had initially registered some 200 orphans and was providing the children with a cooked meal with some dry rations on a weekly basis.
 

Funds for the program is provided by Lori Stagg - Director of BOB a UK registered charity and Jeremy Glover of CODEP also in the UK.

Lori approached SLWT in November 2014, seeking support for the feeding program. SLWT engaged Mrs. Marion Morgan a retired nurse, former Country manager for Christian Health Association Sierra Leone (CHASL) and Chair of SLWT’s Board of Advisors in Sierra Leone; to evaluate and review the program and make recommendations as to how SLWT could assist and support the Feeding Program.

Evaluation

At the start of the year (January 2015), SLWT commenced an evaluation of the Feeding Program. Mrs. Morgan and Mr. Kallay Barrie have been working with and shadowing the BOB (SL) team in Waterloo, to get a good understanding of the needs within the Waterloo community. They have witnessed the feeding exercise and have held several meetings in Waterloo and with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs.
Through this evaluation and on the recommendation of the team on the ground, SLWT has identified up to 50 children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old, that it would like to support.

The Project

Over the next six months (March to August 2015), SLWT will take responsibility for the feeding of 50 children under the age of 5 years old; in addition SLWT will put in place measures to observe the health and development of these children within the Waterloo community. Each week the children will not only be fed but they will be weighed, measured and their progress charted.

The prime objective over this initial 6 months period is to provide a sustainable development plan for these children. Our aim is to

1.  Ensure the children are kept within the community they know

2.  Find appropriate foster care; initially and if possible with a family member

3.  Commit to providing a scholarship program, which looks after their Education and Health care needs until they complete their secondary school.

SLWT will work alongside the BOB and CODEP team in the Waterloo area, so that experiences and lessons learnt are shared.

To make a donation, please go to www.justgiving.com/SLWT1

   
   
 
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