Like parents everywhere, the parents in Sierra Leone want a better life for their children. And they know that the primary access to that life will come through education. The majority of children hoping to enroll in school in Sierra Leone were born during the conflict, raised during the conflict, and have known the toils of war firsthand. They survived. And their survival deserves our recognition and warrants our assistance.
The Gondobay Manga Foundation will be building primary schools in the Bo Region, first in Njala Kendima–breaking ground in February 2007–then in neighboring villages. The construction of a high school for the region will follow and discussions have begun regarding how TGMF and other interested parties can assist in returning Fourah Bay College to its glory days, the days when Sierra Leone was known as “the Athens of Africa.”
May 29, 2006 Students at the Agricultural & Vocational Secondary School for Boys & Girls in Gerihun, Sierra Leone.
May 23, 2006 Isaiah Washington speaks to students at Fourah Bay College in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
May 29, 2006 Isaiah Washington addresses the students at the Bo School for Boys in the Bo Region.
June 1, 2006 – Sierra Leone, West Africa Isaiah Washington gives a new ball to the Barmoi Rangers Football Team in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
May 29, 2006 Isaiah Washington hangs out with some of the youngest students at the Agricultural & Vocational Secondary School for Boys & Girls in Gerihun, Sierra Leone.
May 30, 2006 Female students line up for review in the Kono Region.
May 28, 2006 Young boy plays the drum in the procession for Isaiah Washington’s induction ceremony, Ngalu Village.
May 31, 2006 Small girl holds infant sibling on back.
February 6, 2007 A team from The Gondobay Manga Foundation returned to Njala Kendema in February, 2007, to break ground on a replacement school to accommodate all the children in the village.
May 28, 2006 School rules are posted in the open classroom of the school in Njala Kendema.
February 8, 2007 Foundation board member Breton Washington (an architect with Smith Group in Los Angeles) supervises the groundbreaking for the new school in Njala Kendema.
February 19, 2007 Workers and villagers say a traditional prayer before pouring the foundation for the new school in Njala Kendema.
February 19, 2007 Local technicians (led by John Boima and Musa Kaneh) celebrate the first day of cement pouring on the new school building in Njala Kendema.