Trustees have found on their visits that some schools can be in a bad state of repair. Although this is not a priority for EWA, where possible we contribute towards refurbishment costs, paying for materials and asking the local community to provide the labour. We also help schools in the more remote areas to install wells and toilets. The local Education Secretaries in Freetown and Bo keep us informed of schools which are in urgent need. EWA asks for photos to illustrate the need, and photos of the completed work. Trustees also visit these schools to see the improvements.
Some examples of schools supported are:
Zimmi school, in a remote rural location near the Liberian border, deteriorated so badly during the Ebola outbreak, when all schools were closed for nine months, that the building was close to collapse. EWA sent funds to enable the school to be rebuilt.
Kent pre-school in Freetown was identified as being in a very poor condition, and Trustees visited the school to see what was required. EWA then provided funds for refurbishment, furniture and play equipment.
Masiaka school was using the neighbouring church building, as the school building had been started but never completed. EWA provided funding for the materials for two new classrooms and furniture to go in them.