After a very long rainy season and numerous floods
Today we all breathe a sigh of relief! The work on our second "Desert Flower School" for 400 children in Sierra Leone (West Africa) has resumed. Due to the extremely long rainy season this year with heavy flooding, construction was delayed because access roads were very difficult to pass. But now everything is back on track. Recently father Peter Konteh and Michael Bangura, who supervise the construction for the Desert Flower Foundation on site in Allen Town, were able to convince themselves of this. They also sent us some current pictures of the construction site (see left).
The first part of the school has been provisionally finished and is already being used for lessons. For the second part, the walls have already been raised and the roof truss will be tackled next. Fortunately, the school is not located on a property at risk of flooding, which gives us confidence for the future. By the end of November all work is scheduled to be completed. The school in Allen Town will be called "Werner Holzer Desert Flower School". Why this is the case will be revealed at a later date.
For the school to be built by Waris Dirie's Desert Flower Foundation, the entire community had to renounce the terrible ritual of female circumcision. Education for girls instead of genital mutilation - that's the deal!