Philip Dean, Founder of St George Foundation, writes…
We are in awe of John Vearncombe’s venture to complete his year long journey in the 2017-18 Clipper Around the World Yacht Race. John, an active Swanmore resident, shows his dedication to St George Foundation by donating all sponsorship money to us. He is now halfway around the world sailing in the vast Pacific Ocean. Open his blog at www.roundtheworld.blog to read the courage and grit his crew need to run this race for us. A donation at this time would greatly encourage them. You can help by sharing his blog with your contacts. Its a great way to introduce new supporters to our vital work.
We have exciting news from Sierra Leone. A German churchman visited during the Ebola crisis. He was impressed by our work and has continued contact with Justina. His church in Germany, St George, has now contracted to build us a large new centre on our land outside of Freetown. We look forward to welcoming new friends who share our vision. Watch for news of this exciting development.
Obviously the big story of 2017 was the mudslide and we ended up with 36 children orphaned by it moving in with us. We were also very active on the ground at the time. This is the story of one flood survivor, told to our workers. Abdulia, a 13 year old, lived with his parents in a hillside community. He awoke early on 14 August to the urgent cries of his father to get out of the house. Outside, in heavy rain, neighbours were running helter skelter, all afraid. Abdulia’s father took him and his mother by hand and started to cross the road. Suddenly, a river of mud overtook them. It swept them away amid the rocks and debris thundering down the road. Urgent hands reached for Abdulia and pulled him to safety, but his parent were not seen again. After a two week stay in hospital, a deeply bereft and traumatised boy was admitted to the St George Foundation.
Another victim of the landslides is a young girl who suffers from a serious spinal deformity. If it is left untreated it will probably ruin and shorten her life, so we are going to deal with that for her. Her name is Cecelia – full of life, very intelligent and keen to study. We have been in touch with a specialist spinal charity who advise us that they can assist us to get her condition operated on in Ghana – but it looks as if we will have to raise £10,000 to cover everything. At the moment we are still assessing her condition and the situation is not urgent. We hope to keep you informed of her progress.
Sierra Leone has just held a general election. As we move forward ourselves we don’t quite know what the new government will bring.
You may well be aware that there are new rules on data protection coming into effect and they also apply to charities. It means that in order to communicate anything to you or hold any of your data we have to have your positive consent. St George Foundation has never done anything with your email or address from you other than to write to you occasionally. We would never share your information. Our policy statement is on our website.
You, our supporters, have been crucial in getting essential help to children in Sierra Leone so we don’t want to lose you! To continue receiving news and updates from us, please click here and select “Yes”
In the future we would like to get supporters more actively involved and we intend to write quarterly. In fact, I am in Sierra Leone in May. I plan to write a letter upon my return with what is happening. I will bring back for you some photos and bits of film.
We are looking forward to our Garden Party on 21st July at Haze Lea in Swanmore. Your help and participation in this fun and fund-raising event is most welcome. Call Jo at 01489 894133.
My very best wishes,