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Weʼre raising £300 to support the work of Bysee Preparatory School for Girls and Day Care Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone during the Covid19 crisis.

Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Catholic Women Speak (CWS) is raising funds to support Bysee Preparatory School for Girls and Day Care Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Our initial aim is to raise £300 per month during the Covid19 crisis, with a longer-term aim to establish a regular funding project. We are working to raise the first instalment of £300 to send to the school by the end of May. If this is successful, we'll start another funding appeal for June.

CWS member Gertrude Yema Jusufu runs the school, which was started by her mother. It comes under the auspices of St Peter the Rock Parish in Calaba town in Freetown. 

The school offers a wide range of educational and care facilities to women and girls, particularly orphans, girls from broken homes, and single mothers. It follows the formal school curriculum but extends this to develop the girls holistically and spiritually. The aim is to help them to recover a sense of personal dignity and self-esteem after the traumas of war and amidst the ongoing challenges of poverty, violence and abuse.

Gertrude struggles to raise sufficient funds to run the school, particularly during this global crisis caused by the Covid19 pandemic. Income comes exclusively from school fees, but she often has to borrow money at high interest rates when parents cannot afford to pay fees.

Our first aim is to provide support to enable Gertrude to continue to pay salaries while the school is closed because of the pandemic. After that, we plan to set in place a regular funding scheme to contribute to her work. The holistic education and support offered by Bysee School, which is rooted in the Catholic tradition but informed by the particular challenges of gender-based inequality and violence against women and girls, expresses the ideals and visions of our global Catholic Women Speak network. While we are not a fund-raising or charitable enterprise, we seek to express our commitment to the promotion of the full human dignity of women and girls by offering practical support to Gertrude.

To find out more about Catholic Women Speak, please visit our website. You can read more about Gertrude and the Bysee school project at this link .

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  • Tina Beattie6 days ago
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    Tina Beattie

    6 days ago

    Catholic Women Speak is supporting Bysee Preparatory School and Day Care Centre in Sierra Leone as an expression of practical solidarity with and support for those working to promote the dignity and equality of girls through a holistic approach to education. Thanks to the abundant generosity of our supporters, we are close to fulfilling our initial pledge to send £300 per month for three months during the Covid crisis. We have sent £300 for May, and we already have sufficient funds for June and a good amount for July. THANK YOU!

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  • Tina Beattie13 days ago
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    Tina Beattie

    13 days ago

    "Educate a girl, educate a nation." We are now only £25 short of next month's £300 pledged to support the Bysee School and Day Care project. The generosity of those who have contributed has been truly amazing. It gives our Catholic Women Speak network a real sense of solidarity and practical engagement with those on the frontline of the struggle for the promotion of the dignity and equality of women and girls through education and pastoral care, in a country with some of the world's highest maternal and infant mortality rates. THANK YOU!

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  • Tina Beattie15 days ago
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    Tina Beattie

    15 days ago

    Thank you to all who donated for your amazing generosity. I have sent £300 to Yema Jusufu via Western Union to fulfil this month's pledge, and we already have £220 towards the £300 we've promised to send next month. Yema sent this message via Facebook: "thanks for all the hard work for the CWS day care center and school in Freetown. God will richly reward you, your family and all members." You can see an interview with Yema speaking about her life and work at this link. Tina Beattie, on behalf of Catholic Women Speak

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Page last updated on: 5/29/2020 13.32

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 29, 2020

    £50.00

  • Rachel Caseby

    Rachel Caseby

    May 29, 2020

    £25.00

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    Anonymous

    May 29, 2020

    £100.00

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    Anonymous

    May 28, 2020

    Every blessing to you

  • Katie Humphrey

    Katie Humphrey

    May 22, 2020

    Sending our love to you all X

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 20, 2020

    This is a great enterprise

  • Antonia Lacey

    Antonia Lacey

    May 20, 2020

    Not much but every little helps

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