£700raised of £700 target by 18 supporters

Weʼre raising £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

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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!

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  • Nicola Wilkinson

    Nicola Wilkinson

    10 days 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


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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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