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Lilomi fundraises and supports an orphanage and school called Jonathan's Child Care (JCC) in Bo Sierra Leone. The children there are the inspiration for the establishment of our charity. Our projects are aimed at the development of this amazing orphanage, school and local community.
TOILET UPGRADE AT JCC ORPHANAGE AND SCHOOL BO, SIERRA LEONE
The importance of good water supply and sanitation are extremely important everywhere in the world but especially in a country like Sierra Leone where water born diseases are endemic and viruses like Ebola threaten to return.
The toilet at the Jonathan’s Child Care School is woefully inadequate to serve the 300-400 students and teachers that need access to it daily.
The septic tank is too small, and it is not lined with cement which means that human waste is leaked into the ground potentially contaminating the orphanage water supply.
The toilets are too few and difficult to clean.
The girls' toilets do not have closed cubicles so that they are not private.
The smaller children have to use a potty outside which is emptied and cleaned by a staff member.
Lilomi is making these toilets fit for the children they are supposed to be serving by:
🚽Giving the girls five, and the boys three flushing toilet cubicles with doors, with an additional
urinal for the boys.
🚽Giving the teachers a separate toilet each for the men and women
🚽Surveying and digging the septic tank again, installing a tank that prevents the leaking of human waste into the ground and will be fit for decades to come.
🚽Building a water tower and tank for flushing and hand washing.
🚽Providing a hand washing area which will mean the children have a place to wash their hands
throughout the day, not just when they have used the toilet.
🚽Providing a toilet area for the nursery children including a cleaning area.
🚽Facilitating WASH (water and sanitation) training for the children and teachers on good hygiene.
"WHOEVER SAID SMALL THINGS DON'T MATTER HAS NEVER SEEN A MATCH START A WILDFIRE."
Sometime we take for granted how much reading material we have around us and that our children have access to. Imagine that your children's school has no books, no textbooks, no storybooks, magazines, newspapers, comics and or computers.
When imparting knowledge to the children, teachers write on the blackboard and the children copy these lesson notes into their books.
Lilomi has provided a library of storybooks for the JCC school and orphanage and has donated the textbooks for the entire curriculum. The children now have access to all of the information required for their school curriculum and a world of stories for them to widen their horizons.
In the future we want to expand the reference library with a computer lab with a bank of offline websites through a technology called RACHEL. This will mean that where internet connectivity is difficult and expensive the children of JCC will still have a world of information and stories opened up to them.
Science Laboratory Equipment
In 2019 Lilomi provided funds for JCC to buy some lab equipment so that teachers could begin to teach sciences practically as well as theoretically. The small amount of material we provided have made such a difference to the children which has been reflected in the 2019 BECE (GCSE equivalent) grades for sciences. In light of this Lilomi is starting to plan fundraising to build an actual science lab as part of a bigger project to turn the school into a centre for excellence in science and mathematics
2020 and COVID~19
Whilst Sierra Leone were not affected to the same extent as the rest of the world in 2020, all schools were closed by government decree for seven months. This meant that the teachers were going to have to go without pay for that time. Lilomi stepped in and helped JCC pay their 25 teachers for this period, this meant that 25 families continue to have an income at this really difficult time. The teachers were also engaged to check on the children and to plan out the school syllabus to accommodate the lost lesson time.