PROFILES OF HFS SPONSORS
F.H.M (FAMILY HOMES MOVEMENT)
The Family Homes Movement (FHM) is a nongovernmental charity organization which was established in 1985. It is legally registered with the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Gender and Children's Affairs. The aim is to cater for the needs of the less privileged children through family adoptions. In 2002, the FHM established a private primary school to improve the educational standard of the less privileged children. Two years later it established a secondary school bearing the name Holy Family School.
FHM is the sole proprietor of the Holy Family Schools. All Holy Family Schools designate are under the leadership of the rector Mrs. Jeneba Z. Timbo, supervised by the Executive Director Mr. Ernest P. Sesay and the Board of Trustees
AVSI (ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES INTERNATIONAL)
AVSI is an international non-profitable NGO founded in Italy in 1972. It is formally recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the general consultative status with the economic and social council of the UNO.
AVSI is a member of “Compagnia delle Opere”, a non-profit, Italian Association with over one thousand members operating in social, health culture and education fields. At present, AVSI is directly involved in 35 countries in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East with more than 100 long term projects benefitting at least 90,000 people in various sectors.
Financial support is secured through numerous grants and donations by business associations and private individuals who thereby invest in global solidarity. These funds complement those of international and national development agencies, UN agencies and the European Union.
AVSI network projects are implemented in cooperation with European governments, the European Union, the UN agencies, the World Bank, local institutions and NGOs as well as with partners in Kenya and Sierra Leone. Thus in Sierra Leone, FHM has been collaborating and implementing projects for AVSI which has been its main donor. FHM are very grateful and thankful to AVSI for the tremendous work they have done in building and supporting the Holy Family Schools through the Distance Support Programme (DSP). We pray and hope this friendship and collaboration will continue to yield dividend over the years to come.
DISTANCE SUPPORT PROGRAMME (D.S.P)
The DSP helps to bring up a needy child in his/her own country of origin thereby respecting his/her culture, moral and social dignity and supporting the child with food, medical health care, education, shelter and parental love.
For details of how to support a child through DSP please see our “How to Help” page.
SCOTIA AID, SIERRA LEONE
Scotia AID Sierra Leone is a non -profit charity organization based in Glasgow, Scotland in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 2002 in response to the reality of suffering Sierra Leoneans who had gone through the turmoil of the ten years rebel war.
Scotia Aid, among other humanitarian assistance, caters for the needs of less privileged children through education, health care and social infrastructure. In Sierra Leone, the Family Homes Movement [FHM] has been collaborating and implementing projects for Scotia aid
Scotia Aid has donated over four hundred school desks and chairs, twenty five executive chairs and tables, four shelves, and other school learning utilities to the Holy Family School. The school administration and the entire student body of the Holy Family are very much pleased and grateful to the founder of Scotia Aid, Dan Huston, and his dynamic team for their laudable gesture; we pray for a continual cordial relationship.
BUILD ON BOOKS AND LAB AID
Build on Books is a voluntary based organization which has provided resources for schools and communities in Sierra Leone since 2009.Their aim is to build a strong foundation for development through education.
In 2012/13 academic year, the founder Lorri Spragg visited the Holy Family School and during that academic year, the school received forty five cartons of text books and a quantity of science laboratory equipment from Build on Books and Lab Aid. Lorri Spragg was moved by her second visit to the school and has promised to provide funding for the purchase of chemicals. The school administration and the student body, especially the science students, express their huge gratitude to Lorri Spragg.
What is happening in 2014:
March 2014 saw the 10th anniversary of the Holy Family Schools. Follow this link to read our celebratory newsletter.
2014 has been a year of change and expansion for HFS. Following the Government decision to add a 4th year of Senior Secondary schooling, we have initiated a programme of construction, financed by EDUS, to prepare new classrooms. Meanwhile our first cohort of SS4 students has been accommodated in classrooms vacated by Primary School Class 2 students who have moved, temporarily, into unused rooms in the pre-school.
The foundations are already in place for our new classrooms and we hope that they will be finished and ready for use when the new school year commences.
Our computer lab has been working overtime this year as it has been used , not only by our current students, but also by some of our alumni to aid their preparation for university studies
The provision of refreshment for our student body remains an ongoing problem and one for which we are currently seeking funding to build a canteen. At the moment, the only source of food available to our children is to buy from the local traders.
We are also hoping for assistance to restore the well which is on the campus but has long been in a state of disuse. The lack of a campus water supply is a source of threat to the health of our community.
What is happening in 2015:
Following the Government’s decision to add a further year of secondary education (SSS4), the Holy Families School, aided by EDU through FHM, has now completed the construction of new classrooms to accommodate the senior students. These rooms are now fully operational.