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Memorial Fruit Orchard for Johanna Raffan – Update August 2022

Johanna Raffan celebrating her appointment as President of Soroptimist International with members of her club Soroptimist International Thames Valley.

Soroptimists were saddened by the sudden death of Johanna Raffan, founder member of SI Thames Valley club and President of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland.

She was also the first Chair of Kori Development Project Ltd. This led to the proposal to plant a Memorial Orchard in Kori District and villagers there have kindly donated the land for this project.

Soroptimists everywhere have been celebrating their 100 year anniversary by planting trees and many also kindly donated money towards creating this Orchard, for which we are very grateful.

The land has been cleared by local people and many fruit trees planted – mangoes, sugar plums, guava, avocados and pineapples.

Would you like to donate to the Memorial Orchard or perhaps towards a bursary for one of the pupils at the Bob Simson Technical School?  We’d love to hear from you – just go to the website and the contact page where you will find all the details, or you can also email SI Thames Valley [].

The above is an extract from the  Kori Newsletter, the full document is available at Latest news from the Kori Development Project in Sierra Leone AUG 2022