The St. George’s Foundation has opened a new site for street children at the Sierra Leone Scouts training camp at Grafton, the outskirts of Freetown.
The St. George’s Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has helped over 300 children to stay off Freetown’s streets, has successfully reunified kids with their families and provides them with full-time education.
The partnership between the two organizations was struck when St. George’s Foundation, realizing it had outgrown the accommodation which housed the 60 children under its care, approached the Scouts’ Association to share their land. With the support of the scouts and UK-based charity, Mission Direct, the derelict site was redeveloped and the children’s accommodation constructed.
Speaking at the ceremony the co-founder of the organization, Philip Dean stated that, “the St. George’s Foundation and the scouts share a common interest as both are dedicated to building the future of the children of Sierra Leone. We look forward to sharing this land for the next ten years for the betterment of both of our organizations and the children of this country.”
The organisation’s outgrown accommodation in Wellington, in eastern Freetown has been re-commissioned as a computer training centre for use by the children, and children of partner organisations GOAL Ireland, Alton Hope School and Don Bosco.
The St. George’s Foundation is currently seeking funding for the completion of the new site, in particular the construction of additional rooms, an office and vegetable garden.
The ceremony also saw the donation of five Mitsubishi overland vehicles worth US$100,000 from the people of Hull City in England.
The ‘Hull Freedom Trail’ expedition saw 25 Hull residents travel overland for 21 days driving from England to Sierra Leone, to donate the five vehicles to Sierra Leone children’s charities. One vehicle was presented to the St. George’s Foundation and the other four were given to HANCI, AMNET and PRIMED.
The Mayor of Freetown, Winstanley Bankole Johnson, was present at the ceremony to hand over the keys to the various organizations.