Seven years ago Ebola sent a wave of death through Sierra Leone and left so many children orphans. Due to the generosity of donors from Merseyside, the Waterloo Partnership was able to help some of the abandoned children.
It is with great joy that the charity received news that some of the Ebola orphans have now graduated from secondary school, including Abu Bakarr.
“Waterloo Partnership has helped me with my education by paying for my school fees and supplying me with uniform, shoes and books. They have also supplied me and my new family with food supplies. With my accounting background I would like to work in a bank. I wish to thank the Waterloo Partnership for their support towards my new family and life.” Abu Bakarr
We are immensely proud of Abu Bakarr and Augustine for graduating from high school. After everything they have gone through, they have carried on with their studies and proved to be strong, hardworking individuals. It was a pleasure to help them. Many thanks to all our donors. We wish Abu and Augustine all the best in their future plans. There are other Ebola orphans still in school that need help.
Covid has caused problems for everyone around the globe. The Waterloo Partnership is a local charity run by volunteers on Merseyside. It has run for 16 years and helps the poor of Waterloo, Sierra Leone.
· During national Covid-19 restrictions, food supplies were given to 29 vulnerable elderly people just before a strict three-day lockdown. They were unable to buy food in, so without the waterloo Partnership to help to tide them over they would have faced extreme hunger.
· With expertise gained during the Ebola epidemic, our team delivered food and water to residents of two quarantined compounds in Cole Town and Lumpa. In all 97 people, including more than 18 children were in strict quarantine for 14 days: fortunately there were no new Covid cases.
· We provided ‘Veronica buckets’ and soap to schools and other institutions for basic hand hygiene to prevent the spread of infection, and also to comply with the stringent Covid regulations imposed in Sierra Leone.
Our partners in Waterloo recently advised us that many of our children struggle to do their homework in homes without access to electricity, which is in any case intermittent due to frequent outages. Sierra Leone is near the equator , so daylight fades very quickly and there are about 12 hours of darkness all year round.
Through your support we have been able to fund the provision of solar lamps for 57 children in our care , so they can continue their school work at home. This will also give support to the families they live with.
The photo of a pupil using them at night is not available now because there are restrictions on our visits because of the risk in Covid infection. As soon as we can, we will post some photographs.IMG_20210708_105835_393.jpg
A letter from the Chair of the Waterloo Partnership in Sierra Leone
Dear Trustees and Committee members of WPUK,
A year has gone since your last AGM but little did we expect that the deadly Covid pandemic would cause so much death and distress, not only in your country but the whole world. We have had our share of the pandemic which is still with us.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank you and all the various donors for coming to our aid during this trying time in our impoverished community, which is in one of the poorest countries the world. You supported us with food, water and other items for people quarantined as a result of infection. Even recently you helped us with Veronica buckets and soap to promote personal hygiene in public areas such as schools, markets etc. that are prone to bacterial and viral infection. Your support in these areas is greatly appreciated by our residents as the Covid epidemic caused some major changes in the lives of our community members.
You also continue to help our vulnerable women famers with seeds and tools to generate personal income which has helped in food and income generation. Provision and maintenance of hand pumps have helped our community to access clean and safe drinking water hence reducing the incidence of water-borne diseases.
The education of Ebola orphans has yielded results, as the provision of an extra bag of rice for the orphans has eliminated hunger during lunch time. Our longstanding Uniform Scheme for OVCs education has produced three nurses, one tertiary graduate and another in her finals. Our thanks and appreciation go to all the various donors for their support.
I wish to assure you that all your various contributions are used for their intended purposes and strictly monitored by WPUK.
Hundreds of lives have been changed over the years especially this last trouble ridden one. Thank you WPUK.
13 February 2021
COVID 19 VS WATERLOO COMMUNITY
Waterloo is a planned iron-grid structured settlement founded in 1819 for ex African combatants disbanded from the Napoleonic Wars in Europe. Later ex-Africans slaves captives also settled there.
Sue had a long association with Waterloo, Sierra Leone as a teacher and as a member, trustee and chairperson of Waterloo Partnership. She worked tirelessly and enthusiastically, with a great sense of humour, fairness and diligence. She always listened, discussed and acted with wisdom and warmth and was a good friend to all who worked with her.
As Chairperson, Sue’s professionalism and personality commanded respect and maintained stability, friendship and trust between ourselves and our partners in Sierra Leone.
Despite having many other commitments in her life, Sue never forgot the difficulties many others have. She wanted to do something to help the people of Waterloo, Sierra Leone and initially funded a well. That was just the beginning….. She maintained her devotion to others: giving her time, energy, friendship, cheerfulness and love.
We would like to offer Sue’s family our condolences at their loss and thank them for Sue’s commitment to Waterloo Partnership. During her lifetime Sue touched many lives and, as a charity, we resolve to continue her altruism, love and dedication to the people of Sierra Leone.
We have been working hard with our partners at the Waterloo Partnership in Sierra Leone. Click below to read about the various health, education and infrastructure projects that we have been working on.
Our Chair in Sierra Leone, Mr Alieu Badara Mansaray sent the following message following our recent AGM. From Mr Mansaray’s letter it is heartening to hear of the impact of the Waterloo Partnership over the last 10 years. Many thanks to all our donors; past and present.
Cynthia is in Waterloo. She has sat final state exams and is awaiting her results. If she succeeds she will attend a matriculation ceremony and will be given her license to practice her career.
Betty is in her second year and is now attached to a special unit where she will be exposed to sight savers, dental, physical disability ,chest,ENT, and mental health. This will last about three months. This will be followed by more lectures and other activities.
Frances is pursuing her preliminary introductory course which will be followed by exams between June and July. If she goes through she will have to switch over to the School of Nursing where Betty is attached. The reason is that COMMAHS will terminate the SECHN course and she can only continue her first year at Redeemer School of Nursing.
Our sponsorship of the 45 Ebola care givers has continued. The care givers who provide support and care for children orphaned by the Ebola Crisis in 2015 are pictured receiving their latest micro-finance payments from the Partnership.
Following the most successful Christmas Praise Proms Concert which raised £300 for the Waterloo Partnership, we received this lovely letter from Mr. Artey Williams. Thank you Artey for organising such a wonderful occasion.
Click here to see the letter from Crosby United Reformed Church.
Please come along and support The Christmas and Praise Proms at Crosby United Reformed Church on Sunday 11th of December at 3pm. There is no charge but you will be able to make a donation. All proceeds will kindly be donated to our work in Sierra Leone.
Our Christmas Gift Scheme makes a real difference to their lives of the community of Waterloo, Sierra Leone. You will be able to purchase gifts for a friend or loved one. You can choose from : Care for Orphans, Farming, Education, Health and Clean Water.
Click Here to access information and an order form to purchase gifts that last a lifetime.
Click here to access the latest Newsletter from the Waterloo Partnership.
When we knew that the Chair of the Waterloo Partnership Sierra Leone was coming over to England we approached Liverpool Football Club to see if they would kindly donate any items for the people of Waterloo Sierra Leone.
On Tuesday 25th October 2016, members of Waterloo Partnership were delighted to attend the Roscoe Lecture, at St George’s Hall Liverpool, where representatives from the 38 schools, who contributed to the Ebola emergency fund, were awarded Good Citizenship certificates. Click Here to learn more.
During the last year the Partnership has been working to ensure that current projects and those that have occurred as a result of the Ebola Crisis have been funded and effectivley monitored. Click here to see a list of the projects funded for Education, Farming, Infrastructure and the Ebola Crisis.
The images below some of the Ebola Orphans before and after being kitted out for their respective schools.
This week the Waterloo Partnership have been hosting our Chair from Sierra Leone. Mr Mansaray has been vital in the operation of the charity since its creation. He was also instrumental in helping the Partnership in delivering aid to the community in Waterloo during the Ebola Crisis. Mr Mansaray is also responsible for the ongoing support of those children orphaned by Ebola who are looked after by the Partnership.
Here is a short message that we have received from the Waterloo Partnership, Sierra Leone:
We have just completed the distribution of food items to the orphans at Benguema and Monkey Bush.
As usual there was a lot of excitement and happiness during the supplies.The distribution was timely as it coincided with the heavy rains and height of the hungry season.
The seasonal Waterloo Partnership appeals had a particular urgency this Christmas. The Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone had left worsening poverty and deprivation in its wake, and we had discovered that the number of Ebola orphans needing our help was far greater than we had appreciated. To make matters worse, torrential flooding in September swept away possessions, food supplies and newly planted crops; including the ground nuts we had provided as a means of livelihood for the Ebola orphans’ foster parents.
We are pleased to confirm that this year’s AGM will take place at 7.30 pm on Thursday 15th September in the Parish Room of St Edmund’s Church, 62 Oxford Road, Waterloo L22 8QF. All are welcome.
In November 2015, Prof. David Lloyd, the Chair of the Waterloo Partnership made a visit to Waterloo, Sierra Leone to meet those affected by the Ebola Virus and to see how the funds had been spent during the crisis, as well as reviewing the projects we support. You can read a detailed account of his visit by clicking here and below you can see some of the many photos that he took during the trip. Click on an image to expand and view the gallery.
It is the time of year for our Christmas Gift Scheme Appeal. Click here to download the form.
You can buy a ‘Gift Certificate’ to give as a Christmas present, and make a difference to families in Waterloo, Sierra Leone. You can choose from :
Monday 12th of October marks the 1st anniversary of the death of our colleague, brother, uncle, DSO, Community Health Officer, formerly in charge Waterloo CHC, the late James Jimmy Jajua. A moment of prayer will be observed at the Waterloo Community Health Clinic at 2pm on Monday and this will be followed by a memorial service on 18th of October at the GTZ HALL Waterloo.
Successor to James Jimmy Jajua
David Lloyd, Waterloo Partnership’s chair, tells BBC Radio Merseysde’s Helen Jones about the charity’s latest work in Waterloo, Sierra Leone. Click to listen.