Schools for Salone 


Schools for Salone partners with Sierra Leoneans to construct rural schools in impoverished villages and works to improve educational opportunities for vulnerable communities in Sierra Leone. SfS responded quickly to the Ebola Epidemic in 2014, providing needed emergency support to our partner villages. Because we believe self-initiated solutions are most effective, Schools for Salone seeks partnerships to build schools, to create healthy learning environments and to support students and teachers in Sierra Leone. We work to revitalize communities, empower children and ultimately improve socioeconomic conditions for families, communities, and future generations.

Mission Statement
Schools for Salone partners with communities to construct schools and support education in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
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Schools for Salone
PO Box 25314 
(206) 498-0688 

Cindy Nofziger 
Executive Director 


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 closed.

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 asset.                  

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 country.                

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 work.              

“Salone” is the indigenous Krio language name for Sierra Leone.


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