SI Thames Valley helps fund toilets in Sierra Leone…to help the economy


The latest venture of the charity ‘The Kori Project” in Sierra Leone is to help women to learn to sew and thereby gain some economic independence. Members of SI Thames Valley constantly work to help keep the Kori Project moving towards the goal of sustainability for the people of Taiama. Thanks to their past efforts, fields are being cultivated, local schools have been renovated and provided with clean water and a piggery has been built and is now full of thriving pigs.  The Sandy Raffan Library built by the charity is now a well known cultural centre for the area.

Now a room, to be known as “Rose’s Room” in honour of the charity’s founder Rose Simbo, is to be built behind this library in which the local women can be taught to sew to enable them to have a potential income. Toilets will obviously be a necessary facility so members of SI Thames Valley recently helped raise funds to enable these to be built.

Dishi and Chris of SI Lichfield

Gill Curry of SITV wearing an outfit made during her visit to Sierra Leone

Along with other supporters of The Kori Project they organised an afternoon of a Taste of Sierra Leone. There were many stalls selling plants and cakes, a tombola and a bric-a-brac stall. Supporting members travelled from SI Lichfield to sell jewellery at amazing prices. The Regional President came from  SI Stratford to sell their  cards and soft toys. Supporters from Kent were represented by a Kori Trustee Brenda Tumber who along with members of her church is in fact one of the leading fund raisers for the toilets



As well as an impressive cake, there was a great selection of hot food, a real Taste of Sierra Leone.  Music from Sierra Leone helped to revive many a flagging spirit towards the end of the afternoon.


Rose and her cousin cutting the cake.


It was a wonderful occasion of Soroptimist team work and collaboration with other organisations – and there were also enquiries from the general public about Soroptimism.