Hello from Sierra Leone!

Hello from Sierra Leone!

Sarah Hubbard tells us what’s been going on at Sierra Leone’s National School for the Deaf.

Time has been flying here in West Africa, and work has been progressing. As of now we have painted almost the entire inside of the school! It’s a wonder what a fresh coat of paint can do for a place. We have chosen some bright new colors for the corridors and classrooms and even had some new wooden strips varnished and put up. Check out the before and after shots:

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With just a few more rooms to got we should be done with the interior in a matter of weeks (though the phrase “No hurry in Africa” has never been more true)!  We still have plans for more building renovations, including skylights to brighten up the dark rooms, some new chairs and desks for the classrooms, and  maybe even a paint job for the outside.

We have also been having sign language classes for the teachers, and are doing our best to keep everyone motivated and practicing their sign language. We will continue the classes until I depart in August and, depending on a few factors, they may even be able to continue after that.

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We are also in the process of arranging for three of the teachers in Freetown to travel to Makeni (a three to four hour drive) to attend a certificate course in teaching deaf children. If all goes well, we will continue to send more teachers.

Though the rains are truly setting in here in Freetown, we are doing our best to keep progress moving! The rains are really bad in July and August so we are trying to get the necessary outside renovations done before then.

Thank you again to all who are helping me here in Freetown, back in the States, and especially to Sound Seekers for making it all possible!

Much love from sweet, sweet, Salone.