On 5th November, our Founder visited Kroo Bay to see for himself how the construction of the school was progressing. During his visit, he met with Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, who posted the following:
This morning I was delighted to be in the Kroo Bay Community for a visit to the construction site of their new primary school! Through an engagement that started with former Cllr Murray Conteh, Swiss based charitable foundation Sustain For Life are funding the construction of a primary school with 12 classrooms, a staff room, a computer lab, a library and a community hall. Freetown City Council approved the demolition of the old community centre to make space for this new structure that will cater for the educational needs of hundreds of disadvantaged children in this deprived community. The school structure will be handed over to Freetown City Council and the Kroo Bay Community at the end of construction, which is estimated to be around next June.
It was great to discuss with Sustain for Life Founder Massimo Gini, and Africa Manager Thierry Younga, possibilities for additional upgrades to the Kroo Bay Community including improvements to the Community Health Centre, constructing a community access road and building back better housing following the recent fire disaster. Adjacent to the primary school, four toilets and shower cubicles are already being built.
Community buy-in is critical for successful project implementation so we conducted the site visit with Chief Kabempa, Cllr Abdulai Kabba and other community stakeholders. Also on the site visit was Gibril Jalloh of Sierra Leone Autistic Society (the implementing partner), Deputy Mayor Kweku Lisk and Cllr Umaru Bangura.
Thanks to Sustain For Life for this collaboration which will most definitely #TransformLives!
©️Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE