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Sierra Leone

June Hartranft School

June Hartranft Memorial Primary School for Girls Advance

#3021929 - Providing basic human needs for impoverished students and staff and increasing education resources

Annual Goal:$92,000.00

YTD Gifts:$34,168.59

Location: Sierra Leone Africa

Partner:The UMC, Sierra Leone Annual Conference


Birthed in 1968 by the Sierra Leone UMC Annual Conference and alumni of the Harford Secondary School for Girls, this school represents the fulfillment of a dream of June Hartranft, a beloved Evangelical United Brethren missionary from Ephrata, Pennsylvania, principal, and teacher at the Harford Secondary School for Girls in remote Moyamba, Sierra Leone. This primary school now serves as a vital feeder school, providing basic academic instruction and critical life skills within a loving Christian environment. This United Methodist Church school has students ages 6 to 11 or 12 years old. It is a boarding school that draws children from Moyamba and other extremely remote villages and is spoken of with high esteem within the Sierra Leone UM Conference and the country of Sierra Leone, West Africa. When the recent Civil War invaded the Moyamba District, as rebels attacked and looted the school in 1995, school staff grabbed students, hid in the bushes, and ultimately fled to Freetown and perceived safety. Due to the fierce dedication of the Headmistress, Jane Lahai, and surviving staff, a dilapidated garage was quickly transformed into a crude schoolhouse and word was spread throughput Freetown that education and hope prevailed even in the midst of a Civil War and death. When the rebels moved north into Freetown and attacked this school location in 1996, the school staff chose to return to Moyamba and reclaim, rebuild and restore the school. They were greeted with the devastating news of the death of many students' parents and family members and burned out homes. Poverty unlike any seen before prevailed. The school has been rebuilt despite its impoverished surroundings and the visible scars still healing in the aftermath of the Civil War. Total student enrollment of 478 students includes 70 boarding students and 408 commuters. These commuters walk miles through rugged bush each day from their remote villages to attend school. Teachers and staff receive little if any pay. While the tuition of the boarding school students and resourceful management of the school in the midst of scarcity results in 3 daily meals for all boarding students, the commuters receive only a meager lunch on Mondays and Fridays (funds received to honor the legacy of June Hartranft, once a member of the community of First UMC, Ephrata, Pennsylvania - the other school days they go hungry, resulting in malnutrition, lethargy in the classrooms and sub-standard performance in their academics. First UMC, Ephrata, Pennsylvania gifted funds for the construction of outhouses and the purchase of a generator, the only source of electricity for the School/Moyamba community. More partners are needed to assist the School in the aftermath of the destruction of the school grounds during the Civil War, its inadequate daily feeding program for non-boarding students, lack of educational resources (text and library books, basic school supplies), stark classrooms, need for solar panels to power computer labs and a mini-bus.

Goals & Objectives

(1) Nutrition plan - daily meals for all 472 students and 22 auxilary staff/teachers during the school year 2013-14 and ongoing - to employ local qualified persons - 2 additional cooks, increase purchase of (cooking) wood from local farmers, purchase additional food supplies/cooking items from local market women.

COMPLETED!!! (2) Purchase of a $30,000 new mini-bus, w/ proper licensing and employment of a secured, licensed driver (through an identified reputable car dealer in Freetown) for the immediate benefit of the large commuting student body, and for business uses by the school including medical, academic opportunities, or other emergencies.

(3) Build on campus living quarters for staff and Head Teacher -1 private 3-room apartment for Head Teacher and 4 private 2-room apartments for teachers

(4) Establish a school library - Use existing contacts to identify potential partnerships - rotary clubs, schools

(5) Secure (22) stipends for underpaid or non-paid teachers/workers

(6) Install solar panels to then establish computer lab (60 computers) in wing off new library

(7) 150 bunk bed frames and 150 mattresses for Boarding School

(8) Replace/rebuild school classrooms and boarding school - replace old cracked, crumbling ceilings in existing buildings and paint classrooms, Administration building, Assembly Hall, Boarding Home, Dining Room and Recreational building

(9) Recreational facilities for students (school and community) - swinging poles, tether ball poles, playing fields and related sports equipment

Activities Plan

(1) Nutrition plan for 3 daily meals for all students during the school year 2013-14 and ongoing - employ local qualified persons - currently expanding school garden (education opportunity for school and community) to increase harvest and self-sufficiency, wider variety of fruits and vegetables - potato leaves, cassava leaves, okra, tomatoes

(3) On Campus living quarters - hire reputable local builders and recruit and train school families, secondary level students attending local Harford School, alumni of both June Hartranft and Harford Schools to act as paid/unpaid apprentices

(4) School library - solicit books for academics and recreation through church and secular contacts - rotary clubs, reading groups, schools - promote 'building a library' for a specific class (1st grade, etc.)

(5) Secure (22) stipends for underpaid/or non-paid teachers/workers - continue to gift 1 bag of rice as 'payment' for their work/ dedication (and to retain) until source of funds identified

(6) Install solar panels for computer lab (60 computers) - promote as 'buy a computer' for a specific classroom - need to rely on outside resources

(7) Bunk beds/mattresses - promote a 'buy a bunk' for a specific student

(8) Ceiling replacements/painting - Community excited to provide free labor

(9) Recreational facilities - Strong parent association involvement/support

Budget and Financial Information


Community Contribution - stones, sand and sticks $5,000.00

Advance Financial Goal $92,000.00

School Contribution - vegetables $2,000.00

Total- $99,000.00


School Mini Bus $30,000.00

120 Bunk Beds and Mattresses for Boarding Home $32,000.00

Annual Stipend for Teachers and Workers $10,000.00

Feeding Program $20,000.00

School Contribution - vegetables $2,000.00

Community Contribution - stones, sand and sticks $5,000.00 Total- $99,000.00

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