Trustee Terry Young was responsible with Ed Ravenhall for raising £53,000 for the Spring of Life Schools in 2010/2011 – this meant that the buildings could be completed, but it was only the beginning of a project to provide education to children in the Bathcomp region under the direction of YWAM (Youth With A Mission).
A Christian school for everyone
The school is primarily run on Christian principles but children of all faiths are allowed to attend the school. For this reason the school is sanctioned by the Sierra Leone government, but it is not financed or influenced in any way by it.
The school called “The Spring of Life” has been completed and comprises two schools – a Pre-school and a Primary school – to educate 350 children from the age of 3 to 12 years. The schools are 35kms south east of the capital Freetown in a village area called Bathcomp which has a majority Muslim population. The Pre-school has four classrooms for 140 children and the Primary school has six classrooms for 210 children. In addition the complex has two wells, a washroom and toilets for the younger children, toilets for the primary school along with an office and rest room for the admin and teachers and a head’s office.
The schools have been built to a high standard with the very best materials, and thanks to a donor’s generosity we have been able to buy additional furniture for the 2015/16 academic year.
‘Post Ebola’ has been a challenging time for the education system in Sierra Leone, and ‘Spring of Life’ does have some empty spaces to fill as it looks to fulfil the vision of its founders and builders.