Monday, 22 August 2011

Successful Fundraising Get Together Friday 12th August

After 2 days of hard graft integrating all our ideas for the project and catching up with each others' developments, we had the best BBQ: apple and blackberry cake and chocolate cherries are the best!! We had a variety of weird and wonderful meats, venison, bison and ostrich, not just sweeties

The sun was shining until late into the evening and the Caipoeira demonstrations held us in awe, courtesy of the boys; Kofi, Kaylem and Kharmani and of course Sienna who was determined to get involved.

Seriously though, what we had was the opportunity to meet like minded people who want to support the Maronka Girls' Safe House and the ideas were flowing on Friday evening. Despite the recent riots with people looting portrayed in the media, there are still loads of giving and kind hearted people here who shared their ideas with us and offered support for the project.

In December we have Jane coming out to share her skills and experience with us and Rebecca will be joining Educaid to carry out training for some staff and senior students;

We have over 50 new dresses sewn for our girls;

Several people have offered to speak to their organisations, churches and local communities about our project to gain support;

The Amazon wishlist has had over 80 items purchased since Friday;

Many people have sponsored a starter kit and box-seat; 

Several offers of sponsorship for students;

A potential fundraiser from December 2011;

Everyone offered to go out and spread the word about the Maronka Girls' Safe House and to support us where possible.

We have produced a powerpoint presentation and a selection of fundraising materials to promote this project, if you would like a copy or you know someone who would be interested in supporting the project through volunteering, sponsorship or you have ideas to support us please get in touch.

Ann & Miriam

If you would like to sponsor a box-seat and starter kit: box, toiletries, stationery, cup, mug, spoon, etc - please donate £40 using the details on the donate page on the educaid website or use the charity choice button at the side of this post.  It is all about making each little girl, resident in the home, feel special and valued as an individual.

If you are interested in knowing more about EducAid's work with vulnerable young Sierra Leoneans, please go to and

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