Things are looking up….the kids are back

Posted on Apr 15, 2015

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After months without a blog things are looking up. The eerie silence caused by Ebola is gradually giving way to the noise of normal life. Communication from Freetown is improving.

After being closed for 8 months the schools in Sierra Leone opened again this week. One of them, in the village of Gollu in the Bo region, is the fifth Millione has funded. The official opening was on Monday. It should have been last year but Ebola put it on hold. For the children who now have a decent school to go to it’s quite definitely a case of better late than never.

Another small step forward: the 3000 school books we sent out almost a year ago are finally being distributed amongst the 5 Millione schools (see blog The Books Arrive, July 9 2014).

After being delayed by paperwork bureaucracy in the port for several months they finally arrived at ActionAid’s office in Freetown last July, just as the Ebola outbreak began to bite. And there they sat, the schools closed and the communities preoccupied with fighting the virus. But now they can be given to the kids to read. I will report from each school as the photos come through.

So now we renew our efforts to fund the sixth school. As well as sales of the Millione lightly sparkling Italian Rosé – available in selected Sainsbury’s and perfect for spring and summer – we are fundraising through donations and events.

On April 26th I am again running the London Marathon for Millione and our partners ActionAid. Please help us reach our target by donating here. As always, every £ makes a difference. If you are a UK tax payer please tick the gift aid box and we will receive 25p extra in every pound from the Government at no cost to you. Thank you.


Near the end past Big Ben

Near the end past Big Ben

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