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A sad but lovely story

A sad but lovely story

Sadly, we report the death of Lorraine's mother a short time before she and Rob visited Kailahun in January.  However, Lorraine was able to take out with her a number of knitted dolls made by her mother.  In the delightful photograph above you can see two of these...

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Beneficiaries going on to higher education

Beneficiaries going on to higher education

KIK's motto 'Learn to Serve' has been amply demonstrated in recent times by the successes of Sam Banya and Winston Baimba Sellu, so it is good to report that more beneficiaries are being awarded KIK scholarships for higher level studies. Amara Momah has been following...

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KIK Trustees in Sierra Leone

KIK Trustees in Sierra Leone

It has always been KIK's vision to devolve local management issues to trusted partners in Sierra Leone, with these partners ideally including some ex-beneficiaries of the programme.  We can now announce that this vision has been realised by the formation of a board of...

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KIK Academy Progress

KIK Academy Progress

We are very pleased to report that the KIK Academy goes from strength to strength, with 156 pupils now on roll.  During her visit in January, Lorraine met with Kailahun's Director of Education, Mr Conteh, who thanked the staff for all their hard work.  He took the...

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Winston Graduation

Winston Graduation

It is with great pleasure that we announce WInston's graduation as a registered general nurse,  He has worked very hard to achieve thus ambition, and is an example to all.

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Back to School

Back to School

We are pleased to report that the Academy has been credited with an EMIS number from the Ministry of Education - an excellent achievement so early in the history of the Academy, reflecting the hard work and dedication of the head and all of his staff.  WAEC...

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Sam’s the man

Sam’s the man

Sam Banya, one of our earliest beneficiaries, is a qualified doctor, and has recently taken up a scholarship to complete a two year Masters programme in Surgical Oncology in Egypt. The government in Sierra Leone are building an Oncology Centre in Freetown and are...

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Winston now a qualified nurse

Winston now a qualified nurse

Winston Baimba Sellu was one of the original 2006 KIK beneficiaries.  His doggedness in life as an enforced boy soldier has been matched by his determination to succeed in his chosen profession.  This week we learn that he has passed his final nursing examinations. ...

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Give as you Live has just got better

Give as you Live has just got better

Our small mention of 'Give as you Live' on the 'Donate' page of our site does not really do justice to this excellent and painless method of raising funds for KIK. The new addition is a pre-loaded in-store card that you can make specific to your favourite supermarket,...

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Academy ‘running really well’ – but more money is needed

Academy ‘running really well’ – but more money is needed

During the visit in March 2019, Mr Conteh, Kailahun's Director of Education, made an assessment of the Academy's performance.  He concluded that "the School is running really well and all teachers and students are engaged" - very encouraging news indeed. Part of the...

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Agricultural Project

Agricultural Project

The Academy staff have put together ideas for an agricultural project. KIK have secured money from the Bishop of Blackburn's 2018 Harvest Appeal Fund, which has been specifically provided for agricultural use.  This money will enable the Academy to develop the farm on...

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Childrens’ Toys well received

Childrens’ Toys well received

Many thanks to all those KIK supporters who donated toys in our Christmas appeal.  As you can see, they went down very well with the younger children.

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Water Project Update

Water Project Update

It is very pleasing to report that during the March visit Rob Stephens successfully completed the much needed water project.  This enables water to be pumped from the well using a battery operated pump.  Solar panels generate the electricity to recharge the...

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Kailahun Visit – March 2019

Kailahun Visit – March 2019

On 9 March, Lorraine and a water engineer, Rob Stephens, are visiting Kailahun to carry out a number of activities: Rob will fit a solar water pump down the well to pipe water to the girls' lodgings and school. Lorraine will distribute the toys that were kindly...

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2018 Christmas Appeals

2018 Christmas Appeals

#1 - Toys for the Pre-school This year we have opened the former KIK House as a pre-school for KIK children and some fee-payers.  The school is staffed by a trained teacher and two Teaching Assistants, and has 14 children aged 2-5. There is a shipment to Kailahun in...

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Brilliant Ceilidh raises £1100

Brilliant Ceilidh raises £1100

An immensely enjoyable ceilidh on Saturday 17 November 2018 raised the magnificent total of £1100 for the KIK Christmas Appeal. Thanks are due to all those who supported this event so generously, to St Cuthbert's Community Hall, to Diane Collier Catering Services, and...

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Harvest Appeal 2018 – Bishop Julian of Blackburn Diocese

Harvest Appeal 2018 – Bishop Julian of Blackburn Diocese

We are delighted to announce that Bishop Julian has included KIK in his 2018 Harvest Appeal, saying:  "In Sierra Leone, your gift will enable the Kids in Kailahun project to give orphaned children the skills and resources to make a good living from the land". You can...

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Amie Kamara treament successful for now

Amie Kamara treament successful for now

Heartfelt thanks for all the donations towards Amie's sickle cell anaemia treatment in Freetown.  She had a number of investigations, plus a blood tranfusion, and was able to return to Kailahun after 2 weeks.  She will need to return in a few...

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Donation from Oakleigh House School, Swansea

Following several security incidents at the KIK Academy, we are very grateful to Oakleigh House School, a long-time supporter of KIK, for their very generous donation of £1370 to improve security around the site.

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KIK Academy Official Opening – 20 January 2018

KIK Academy Official Opening – 20 January 2018

We are delighted to report the official opening of the KIK Academy - the culmination of years of generosity and hard work.  The day began with a march by the children, accompanied by the Kailahun Brass Band, from the Courthouse to the KIK House on Morfindor Road. ...

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