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Swawou Project Update

Many of you will have followed our progress on the Swawou Project in Sierra Leone earlier this year. In support of the Swawou Layout Community School of Girls in Kenema, we began construction on a new school facility capable of serving up to 120 pupils back in February. 

In May the site was closed and since that time the country, particularly the region around Kenema, has been greatly affected by the outbreak of the ebola virus which is also taking lives in Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria. We are pleased to report that to date none of the school's staff or children have contracted the virus and our thoughts and prayers remain with them and their families during this time.

Below is pictured the mural painted by the children alongside Scottish artist Rebecca Milling on the new school building. Taken within the past couple of weeks, we are sad to see this beautiful landscape and the promise of the new school at such a standstill. 

It is our hope that the ebola virus outbreak will be contained in the near future and that we may be able to regain access to this region in order to complete construction. Further updates will follow.

If you would like to help the Swawou School Foundation during this difficult time, please visit http://swawou.org/ or if you would like to donate directly to the efforts to stop ebola, please visit http://www.msf.org.uk/ebola.

For further information on the ebola outbreak, please visit http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/ or http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28105531.