As the year draws to a close and we begin to plan for 2016, renovations are needed to allow us to continue and expand our work. We are currently working to improve facilities at St Michael’s in Lakka and also at our own head office. The latter is being refurbished not only to allow for more office space but also to accommodate some FHM run Youth Empowerment activities.
The Holy families school campus at Mayenkineh has been home to a health centre; however, the limited quantities of beds and medical facilities has been a serious problem in trying to take care of all sick patients who want medical attention from the centre. With help from Oxfam, a British funded NGO, FHM is proud to announce the refurbishment of a three apartment medical centre with sufficient bedding and medical supplies to enhance a good and healthy school community. The picture on the left below shows the old building and on the right is the newly refurbished health centre.
One of the serious problems faced by the children in the Mayenkineh school has been the provision of a source of good, safe, nutritious food that they can get for lunch. Through the help of SARA Foundation, another UK based organization, a newly constructed bakery was donated to the School for the production of quality food items like bread, cake etc. for the school children. With this new bakery, we hope to reduce the health hazards encountered by the children through food.
On September 14th, Freetown was devastated by flooding which affected large sections of the town and drove many people from their homes. Families were not only made homeless but also people found themselves separated from their families, sometimes not even knowing if their children were safe. Homeless people were relocated to the Siaka Stevens Stadium or to the Brima Attouga mini stadium and some remained in these temporary shelters for several weeks. FHM helped with food and non-food items in support of these people.