Schools for Salone Programs
Since 2005, Schools for Salone has raised funds and, through
our Sierra Leone non-profit partner Programme for Children, helped 17 communities
in Sierra Leone build new schools, libraries, wells and latrines where before
there were only buildings destroyed by 11 years of civil war, temporary mud and
thatch structures or nothing at all.
We have conducted five annual week-long training workshops to help over 100
rural teachers improve local learning environments by employing interactive
teaching techniques and using locally available resources. We are
currently working with and supporting local Sierra Leone teachers to
conduct their own workshops for their colleagues. To make this endeavor
successful, we are looking for partners to help us expand our teacher training
programs. This effort was put on hold during the Ebola Epidemic, but will
resume when schools reopen in March 2015.
We are providing scholarships to over 60 students to help them go to and stay
in school rather than drop out to help support their families. We also have a
scholarship program to help rural teachers obtain professional training and
credentials needed for government certification.
During the Ebola Epidemic crisis we responded quickly, delivering much need
rice to remote villages cut off from the flow of supplies. We delivered over
850 battery radios to these same remove villages to enable students to
participate in the Ministry of Education broadcasts while all the schools were
After Ebola, we are expanding our school construction efforts and returning to
completed schools for expansion, improved latrines, solar power and rainwater
collection. We will also reinvigorate our teacher training efforts,
adding a partnership to bring Library skills and improve literacy.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The compassion for Sierra Leone and indefatigable networking
skills of our Executive Director/Founder, Cindy Nofziger, who is a 2012
Washington State Jefferson Award winner, is Schools for Salone’s strongest
The key to Schools for Salone’s success is our long-standing partnership with
Programme for Children, a trustworthy locally run non-profit
organization on the ground in Sierra Leone. PFC provides all the fiscal and
operational management for our projects, working closely with local communities
to get things done in this small developing
Each of our projects stands on a three-way partnership between Schools for
Salone, Programme for Children and local communities. Without local
participation, there is no project.
In the U.S., Schools for Salone benefits from the combined experience and
support of many returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have lived in these rural
villages, members of the Sierra Leone Diaspora and many others with family or
historical ties to Sierra Leone who advise us on what is needed and what works
best in and for Sierra Leone.
Schools for Salone’s biggest challenge is making good progress in
its transformation from a nearly all-volunteer organization to a more
enduring and self-sustainable operating model with sufficient paid staff to
manage the growing interest in and demands for our
“Salone” is the indigenous Krio language name for Sierra Leone.