Treetop's plan for 2021
There is no doubt that the global pandemic has caused great hardship for most people across the world. With the huge loss of life, lockdowns and financial struggles; 2020 has been a tough year for us all. The Treetop Foundation has been hugely affected by the pandemic, as fundraising has been almost impossible.
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 are hoping that we will be able to travel in 2021 so that the schools progress can continue. We are still unsure if the presidential election will take place in 2023 or 2024 and 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 very important to improve the children’s education.
Not only has the pandemic stalled our construction plans, it has also had a huge impact on the everyday lives on 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 are struggling 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 will post photos and videos of the children receiving the donations. Thank you!