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A Plan comes together

25th September 2015 | Posted in Latest News, Nigel's Blog

It’s great when a plan comes together.  This morning we had sketched the 20 acre site out and have a clear plan for what we can do.  Initially there will be 304 homes, which could rise to 350.  The school, football and basketball pitch alongside the community centre and market areas will provide a sense of space. After we surveyed the land it…

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The team is complete as we set out for site

23rd September 2015 | Posted in Latest News, Nigel's Blog

Mark, our architect arrived and the team is complete.  Having visited some of the slums and met some resilient people we turned to the layout of 20 acres of land.  Looking at the house designs, by listening to what people want how do you build for this culture, a community that works.  The trade offs of aspirations and value for…

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Walking the flooded slums

22nd September 2015 | Posted in Latest News, Nigel's Blog

As Gibreal looks into his fathers ruined cinema, the sense of desperation and loss is palpable.  His Dad. Tommy, showed us his house next door that had been flooded to the nearly the roof.  He shared how he had lost his daughter thinking she was dead for 2 days before he found her.  The 800,000 leones (£100) he had spent…

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The site Visit

22nd September 2015 | Posted in Nigel's Blog

So, safely back in Sierra Leone.  The devastation of the floods largely affects people in the slums.  The stories of houses washed away and sometimes with loss of life is just heartbreaking. The team arrived to Katherine’s great preparation and welcome and are ready to survey the site and better understand the context.

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Flood Update

18th September 2015 | Posted in Nigel's Blog

It is amazing.  The rain has stopped and wonderful how resilient people are.  Many helping one another rebuild and plug holes and quite a joy about the place, notwithstanding the adversity.  Many say they are used to it.  This year was particularly bad as so much of the drains were just blocked with rubbish. These days remind us how vital the…

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Flood disaster in Freetown

17th September 2015 | Posted in Latest News, Nigel's Blog

Sierra Leone Floods sweep children away to their death In the last 48 hours torrential rain and floods have swept away children and their homes in Sierra Leone. Bodies are still being found. As if Ebola wasn’t hard enough to deal with, its people face a fresh challenge that brings some of the world’s poorest people to their knees. Katherine…

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