Bub­bles against Ebola . . .

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

Thirty-six miles from Free­town, the cap­i­tal city of Sierra Leone, is a col­lec­tion of six small vil­lages called, log­i­cally, Mile 36. There are over 100 houses with many peo­ple liv­ing there – ex­tended fam­i­lies of 10 or more. Dur­ing the civil war of 1992-2002 it was razed to the ground, and by the end of the war there was no ed­u­ca­tion pro­vi­sion what­so­ever in the area. This in a coun­try ranked the low­est on the United Na­tions Hu­man Development In­dex, and the sev­enth poor­est coun­try in the world.

En­ter David Wall­work, who be­longs to Ram­sey Ro­tary Club. With his fam­ily he founded the David School at Mile 36, which has trans­formed the com­mu­nity, pro­vid­ing both aca­demic learn­ing and prac­ti­cal skills train­ing. It is now open in the evenings so adults can ben­e­fit as well as chil­dren.

The school is run by the David School Trust, a UK char­ity with very low run­ning costs, and with the motto Ed­u­ca­tion Changes Lives. The David School opened in 2008 with 170 pri­mary level pupils (the name was cho­sen by the lo­cal com­mu­nity). It now has a sec­ondary sec­tion as well – the fi­nal con­struc­tion be­ing com­pleted in 2014 by self-funded vol­un­teers. There are now 300 pupils aged 5 to 16.

The school is sup­ported by sev­eral of our lo­cal Ro­tary Clubs, and we are proud of the fact that Peter­bor­ough Or­tons Ro­tary Club is among that num­ber.

We would like your help this year. Thank­fully the scourge of Ebola has sub­sided in West Africa, how­ever it could come back. No doubt steps are be­ing taken to min­imise its re­turn. One way to coun­ter­act an out­break is to en­cour­age hand wash­ing since a ma­jor source of in­fec­tion is trans­mis­sion by hand con­tact. To help, Or­tons Ro­tary Club is mak­ing an ap­peal for bars of soap to send to The David School in Sierra Leone.

We were helped in a sim­i­lar ef­fort last year by Tesco, who matched our do­na­tion of bars of soap.

This year we have asked for con­tri­bu­tions of soap bars from all the su­per­mar­kets in Peter­bor­ough and would like to ex­tend the ap­peal fur­ther. If you can con­trib­ute, or know of a source that can, please con­tact Keith Gold­smith us­ing the club’s email: or­ton.ro­tary@gmail.com

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