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Nov 15, 2015 - FAWE girls' school, Mattru Jong

When I arrived at FAWE Girls School in Mattru Jong, I had a wonderful surprize. The whole school - all the students and teachers - had come out to greet me with song. The head mistress, Beatrice, welcomed me and Kidsgive to the school. Fortunately, none of the children were affected directly by Ebola. The school had had a difficult year, as the teachers went without salaries for eight months. Nevertheless, classes started again last April, and 17 students took the national sixth grade exams. FAWE started in 2002, right after the war, as...

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Nov 2, 2015 - Bonthe Island

Last weekend I took an amazing journey to Bonthe Island, after a two hour boat ride up the Jong River to the Atlantic Ocean. One of the oldest settled regions in Sierra Leone, the community seems untouched by time. Many of its original mission and colonial buildings are still standing; even now, there are no cars on the islands and people still trod the walking paths set out by the British. We stayed at the Sherbo Island Hotel, the only tourist accommodation available on the island, and were treated to a catfish (extra, extra large) dinner,...

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