The year started with the reopening of schools after the end of Ebola outbreak was declared in November 2015. School fees were paid and learning materials purchased and distributed to beneficiaries in January 2016.
In February, SLWT provided financial support and one week of basic business skills training to 49 orphan caregivers in Waterloo. Trustee Renee Horton-Spring was present to help hand out the finacial support funds.
In March, one of the organisations that SLWT Partners with in Waterloo, The Bread of Life Psychosocial Clinic began working with 2 children identified to receive such support.
In April, the rainy season started which created some problems with mobility for our field officers. A request for a motorbike was made to ease this problem and SLWT will consider this if and when funds are available.
In May a Thanksgiving service was held at the Dove Memorial Methodist Church in Waterloo. SLWT badges were worn by staff and volunteers at the service. The sixty girls supported by scholarships by SLWT received their awards at a ceremony at the FAWE school in Freetown, also in May.
In June, Catriona Forbes an architect from the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community visited the WEO project.
In July, the first year of the WEO project was sucessfully completed and from the review came the idea of the Sponsor A Child Programme.
In August a review of home visits identified issues with SLWT beneficiaries receiving medical treatment in a timely manner. As a result some would resort to using unqualified practitioners. A process was set up with local hospitals where SLWT beneficiaries would be treated promptly on production of their ID cards and the invoices sent to SLWT.
In September, Andrew Hatzis, a volunteer from CEB Global visited the WEO Orphans project to help with our local capacity building. At the same time, schools reopened for the current accademic year and SLWT distributed rucksacks, containing exercise books and pencils together with socks and shoes for the children.
In October, Trustee Felna Fox visited the WEO project and provided valuabe feedback on some operational matters that were then addressed.
In November a Health and Nutrition Workshop was held for the care givers and their children to reinforce the basic health care messages in a very interactive session. Also in November 3 SLWT trustees, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Trudy Morgan and Renee Horton-Spring took part in a 5Km event in Sierra Leone, raising over £5K for SLWT.