Our Plans for 2021

In 2020, we had planned to travel to Sierra Leone to oversee the building of extensions for the two
schools where we planned to build new classrooms, toilet blocks and kitchens.

In 2020, we had planned to travel to Sierra Leone to oversee the building of extensions for the two
schools where we planned to build new classrooms, toilet blocks and kitchens. However, these plans
were stalled due to the travel restrictions. We hope that we will be able to travel in 2021 to continue the school’s progress. We are still unsure if the presidential election will occur
in 2023 or 2024. Therefore it is important that the trustees can visit Tombodu before 2022 as the
country will be too dangerous to visit during the presidential campaigns that will run-up to the
election. As many of you already know, the classrooms are very overcrowded; therefore this building
work is vital to improving the children’s education.
Not only has the pandemic stalled our construction plans, but it has also had a huge impact on the
everyday lives of the people in Sierra Leone. The pandemic has caused food prices to soar in Sierra
Leone, which has left many people starving. Our trustee, Ken Smithers, has fed the whole village of
over 3,000 people several times during the pandemic. Ken Smithers has also continued to fund the
feeding programme of two meals per day for 550 children in the two schools supported by The
Treetop Foundation.
The children are in very high spirits as they are waiting in anticipation for the arrival of our three
containers of school supplies. In late December 2020, our three shipping containers arrived in Sierra
Leone after a very long journey at sea. The containers are currently sat at the docks in Freetown. We
struggle to get them moved as Sierra Leone is currently in a lockdown. We are eagerly waiting
for the containers to be taken to the village.
Once again, we would like to thank all our supporters and everyone who has donated items. We will
keep you up to date through our social media and website and post photos and videos of the
children receiving the donations. Thank you!

Kenilworth Lions pledges support for the Treetop Foundation

In June 2020, The Treetop Foundation received its largest donation to date. Kenilworth Lions kindly donated hundreds of thousands of pencils and art crayons, 55 mattresses, beds, a wheelchair, mugs and many other items.

These items will be distributed amongst schools in the remote, poverty-stricken town of Tombodu, Sierra Leone

In June 2020, The Treetop Foundation received its largest donation to date. Kenilworth Lions kindly donated hundreds of thousands of pencils and art crayons, 55 mattresses, beds,  a wheelchair, mugs and many other items. These items will be distributed amongst schools in the remote, poverty-stricken town of Tombodu, Sierra Leone. The generous donation is set to be shipped out as soon as travel restrictions have been lifted. Kenilworth Lions is the largest Lions Club in the region.  It is part of the Lions Clubs International (LCI) organisation, operating in 200 countries around the world. Kenilworth Lions organise and run three of the largest and best-loved events in the Kenilworth community calendar – the Grand Show in June, the outdoor Carol concert just before Christmas, and the famous Boxing Day Duck Race. They also organise smaller and one-off events through the year as well as running a Second-Hand Furniture Store and Bazaar from premises in Farmer Ward Road throughout the year. As a result of the continuous hard work of the club members, the Kenilworth Lions Club has become a significant donor to many local charities and organisations with total donations now approaching £50,000 a year! We’re excited and proud to announce that Kenilworth Lions have decided to continue their support of The Treetop Foundation Charity. Should you wish to learn more about Kenilworth Lions or their upcoming events you can find out more at http://kenilworthlionsclub.co.uk/    

Headmaster visits St. Anne’s School in Grantham, England- November 2019

Mr Samuel Quee is the Headmaster of the UMC School in Tombodu. After visiting Tombodu several times, we decided that it would be beneficial for Mr Quee to attend a school in England to improve the standard of education in his school.

Mr Samuel Quee is the Headmaster of the UMC School in Tombodu. After visiting Tombodu several times, we decided that it would be beneficial for Mr Quee to attend a school in England to improve the standard of education in his school. The St. Anne’s School in Grantham kindly volunteered to have Mr Quee spend the week with them to show him modern and efficient ways of teaching children.

It was Mr Quee’s first time to leave Sierra Leone. With his small bag filled with long-sleeved shirts, Mr Quee believed that he was well-prepared for the cold British winter. Nighttime temperatures’ in Sierra Leone rarely dip below 20 degrees, and even this temperature is what Mr Quee would describe as being ‘freezing’. Nothing could prepare him for the cold air that was to hit him as he walked out of Heathrow airport. Mr Quee spent the whole journey to the hotel staring out the car window in awe of the well-lit roads, the bridges and petrol stations.

The next morning, we picked Mr Quee up from the hotel to take him to the St. Anne’s School. As he got in the car, he asked us if we were going to stop off at the river to wash before going to school. We laughed at his joke and started our journey to school. After seeing the confusion on his face, we quickly realised he wasn’t joking and took him back to the hotel to show him how the shower worked. He couldn’t believe that we had access to a constant supply of clean water.

Mr Quee spent five days at St. Anne’s Primary School in Grantham, where he gained some insightful knowledge about the UK’s education system. He described the experience as ‘unforgettable and eye-opening’. Since returning to Sierra Leone, Mr Quee has told us that he has already implemented many changes to the UMC Tombodu school.

Shipping containers arrive at the warehouse- March 2020

After a year of collecting tables, chairs and educational resources, we are able to fill another shipping container.

After a year of collecting tables, chairs and educational resources, we are able to fill another shipping container. This week, our first shipping container arrived. Unfortunately, due to the lockdown, we are unable to fill the container at present as we are isolated to our homes. However, as soon as the lockdown is lifted, we will be working to fill the container and have it sent to the two schools in Tombodu, Sierra Leone.

COVID-19 in Sierra Leone- April 2020

The recent global outbreak of COVID-19 is already showing devasting impacts across the world. After the Ebola outbreak devasted the country just a few years back, Sierra Leoneans are in panic after the first case of COVID-19 has been recorded in Sierra Leone.

Sam from Sierra Leone works for The Treetop Foundation. He has given us an insight into the impacts COVID-19  is already having. ‘In a nutshell, we are advocating for wash materials and masks for the people of Tombodu. It is terrifying here as the country is going through serious financial constraints, prices of commodities are at such a high rate. I am afraid that if people here do not die of the virus, they will die of starvation. No one can afford food since the prices have gone up. I am petrified for my country’.

So far, The Treetop Foundation has provided the village with buckets and handwash. Sam and Lawrence, who work for the Treetop Foundation, have been making posters and distributing them in town to educate locals on how to prevent the spread of the virus. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, The Treetop Foundation has also provided 5 tons of rice to feed the villagers; this is one week’s food supply for the whole village. We are urgently requesting donations to help continue to feed the villagers to prevent deaths from starvation in Tombodu.