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£700raised of £700 target by 18 supporters

    Weʼve raised £700 to Fund the creation of a School Vegetable Garden to teach children in Mabureh community in Sierra Leone how to grow their own food

    Sierra Leone
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    Funded on Saturday, 10th December 2016

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    We want to raise £700 to help the children of Banbury International Community School, in Sierra Leone, to create, plant, and sustain their own school vegetable garden.

    This self-built community school provides an education for the children of Mabureh community, teaching approximately 160 pupils - aged 4-16 years - in its two small classrooms.

    I have been fortunate enough to follow the school's development, from building site, to its official opening, and imminent expansion. I am delighted to say that building is now underway to erect two much needed, additional classrooms.

    In a country where employment opportunities are rare, it's essential that the children be taught fundamental skills of self-sustainability in addition to the core curriculum.

    The school garden would add valuable farming skills to the syllabus, teaching the older children how to grow their own vegetables - from seed to harvest.

    The Community Farmer has generously agreed to donate two plots of fertile farm land to the school for the garden, which I went to see last week. The farmer will work with the children and the school's headmaster, to teach them how to prepare, sow, grow and harvest Cassava and Okra - seasonal vegetables which will grow easily in the country's imminent dry season.

    The school's headmaster - Thomas - is eager to assign weekly lesson time to the project, and the children are excited about playing an active role in farming their own crops, and learning about agricultural practices and theory.

    £700 will fund enough tools, wheelbarrows, fertilizer, and seeds for each child to get 'hands on' with the project and to see the first of many harvests to come!



    • Nicola Wilkinson

      Nicola Wilkinson

      4 months ago

      Nicola Wilkinson

      Dear All, I am delighted to tell you that the first stage of the School Garden is underway! Just this morning I received beautiful photos of the children with their new garden tools, and a picture of the land being prepared for the project! I will post the photos on Facebook for you all to see! I promise to keep you up to date as the project develops. Thank you so much for making this a reality! Love from Nicola

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    • Nicola Wilkinson

      Nicola Wilkinson

      5 months ago

      Nicola Wilkinson

      We've reached our target!!!! Thank you so much to everyone who so generously donated to make this fantastic project possible! I can't wait to share photos with you over the coming months as the project begins and develops! Xxx


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    • Anonymous


      Nov 29, 2016

      Well done!

    • Craig Doodson

      Craig Doodson

      Nov 28, 2016

      I'm so proud of you and what this project means to all concerned. xxxxxx


    • Linda Wilkinson

      Linda Wilkinson

      Nov 27, 2016

      Good luck Nicky - love from Bev and Keith xx


    • Linda and Tom

      Linda and Tom

      Nov 27, 2016

      You are such an inspiration Nicky and such a worthwhile project. 😚


    • Claire Wilkinson

      Claire Wilkinson

      Nov 27, 2016

      Secret Santa x


    • Jason Watkins

      Jason Watkins

      Nov 27, 2016

      Good work x


    • Gregory Wilkinson

      Gregory Wilkinson

      Nov 18, 2016

      Well done, great idea


    About the fundraiser
    Nicola Wilkinson

    Nicola Wilkinson

    Sierra Leone

    I became involved with this school last year through www.alanwooly.co.uk - a friend of my father and the man responsible for funding the school. Please support this incredible community to teach their children the vital skills of self-sustainability through gardening.

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