Braima was able to collect the 3 barrels of school supplies shipped last fall and deliver them to the schools. School participation has surged in Gbeworbu, so those supplies will be of great use. He delivered a computer to Muniro for use in the micro-credit loan program, as well as some soccer balls as a reward to the young men of the village for periodic maintenance of the palm oil farm, which is beginning to bear fruit.
The villagers in Gbeworbu have built an office and storage building for the housing project. This will give them a place to hold meetings and to store building materials, especially roofing, which can be purchased more cheaply during rainy season and held for dry season, when demand sparks higher prices. Fodei had mentioned wanting to add this project, but its completion on his own initiative was an impressive surprise.
Braima had a very good visit to the village of Nanyahun, one of the nearby villages participating in the housing project. During the war, Nanyahun was one of the worst-hit villages, with many walls and roofs destroyed. Now there are 12 new houses and the people have also repaired the school. They are a very hard-working village and their efforts have paid off. Although we have been able to provide them with some supplies and materials, they are still in need of desks, more school supplies, and additional construction materials.
Braima also visited Kongohun, another of the villages participating in the housing project, and documented their extensive progress, including a number of interviews with the villagers.
Upon his return, Braima was contacted by a former student, Fodei Kamara, who lives in the U.S. and has been able to secure a quantity of donated medical equipment and supplies. In return for assistance with shipping costs, he will share these items with us. Arrangements have already been made, and Fodei Mansaray will be traveling to Freetown to pick up the items.