Goodbye Sierra Leone! You have been wonderful, painful, joyous, inspiring, frustrating, chaotic, infuriating and in captivating as always. My love/hate affair continues! We shall be back soon to try and try again for all of those amazing kids and their futures. X
A couple of our volunteers were getting busy jumping in and out of water tanks making sure they were fixed and ready to be used at the Heartspring Children's Village, meaning a whole lot more water for the kids!
A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of our favourites -Mel McGaw.
You are an OrphFund superhero - your overwhelming love, enthusiasm & encouragement is truly appreciated by us all.
Thankyou from the team & all the children that benefit from your enormous heart Mel.
Bela Mitchell Steven Argent Chelsea Dennison
Hahahah! This is brilliant UNICEF!! Orphfund builds a toilet for $1500, they repaint it for $20 and put their name all over it! We build a water well for $4000, they fix it for $50 and put their name on it! We built and run a children's village changing lives forever, they give us a plastic bucket with their name on it. It's ironic that in a decade of work in Sierra Leone UNICEF have constantly caused us problems but now seem to be endorsing all we do with their name!!!
Oh dear! What a frustrating day in Sierra Leone! This place sometimes takes the joy out of helping the kids. Corruption at its worst got hold of me in the central city of Makeni. My passport's been seized and I've been slapped with a $200 fine for having a valid visa and everything I should have. They simply make stuff up and threaten me with a trip to the police station if you don't pay! Beyond upsetting when u r here to help!!!
Next up was our trip to Kamakwie. We've a fabulous old driver by the name of Morlai who drives the worst car ever - but it's got character! We've been in torrential rain for part of the journey with half a wiper and zero visibility, somehow he's negotiated the roads. Then, 3 miles from the waiting children in Kamakwie, as midnight approaches we get a flat tyre! No working jack and no spare!!! Oh Sierra Leone!!! It ain't easy!!!
Tombo, Sierra Leone.
"Amazing day yesterday! Decided to dip into some of my own money, a grand total of $16. Bought spaghetti, bread and eggs for 31 grateful kids and took 21 off to watch the champions league final in a tin sweat box containing 300 shouting men. Squeezed in between, us and the tombo children played out a thrilling 4-4 draw as Liverpool played Tottenham at the Craig Bellamy foundation pitch next door. Brilliant!"
Tombo, Sierra Leone.
Three days ago, June 2nd, our Sierra Leone destined Volunteers arrived after a cross-continent mission... And woke to meet and reconnect with these awesome young adults.
"Arrived in a lightning storm late last night at our project in Tombo, Sierra Leone. This morning we woke to these smart folk who are just off to secondary school for the day. They are growing fast and looking well! :)"
Steve Argent and Mark Mariotto make themselves at home @ heathrow airport...
'Me and Mark managed to create a cosy nook out of our 92kgs of donations at Heathrow airport and bank 6.5 hours sleep before we fly out to Sierra Leone!! Most unexpected! :) We're coming west africa!!!'
With half of our volunteer group still in Uganda, the other half say goodbye to Kenya, and get ready for some cross-continent travels to Sierra Leone..
'A big farewell to Kenya! Not long enough there but Sierra Leone awaits...buses, flights and a night on an airport floor to get through first.'
Heartspring Kenya, children's village.
98 interviews in 18 hours over 2 days! Emotionally exhausting. The result is 21 new kids coming to our project in the coming days. :)
Diana, the daughter of our project directors, did such an amazing job translating the tragic stories. It's amazing to be working with such a committed family!! The future of our Kenya project is so bright!!!