Tuesday, January 22, 2013 (Day 13)
We now have the local Education Ministry on board with what we are doing in Makeni. We met the director of schools for Northern Sierra Leone and presented her with lots of material about the Craig Bellamy Foundation; its aims and motives. With Madam Kanu's support we can now call on the expertise of the ministry for future community projects. We also hope that they will provide some resources for our 'homework clubs', which are another way in which we encourage the local schoolboys and schoolgirls to improve their education. Participation in these extra classes can lead to your football team being awarded bonus points in the CBF league.
On the way home I watch Ivory Coast steal a victory from Togo in a small (packed) restaurant in the St. Mary’s area of town; reading some reports from former volunteers during the low points of the match.
Back at the house, I munch through a huge tasty plate of rice and beans and begin to fight off the advances of the mosquito battalions. I lie on the floor of the veranda just before the sun goes down observing everybody going about their lives. There is so much positive energy in the air; so much...life. You can always hear laughter filling the air.
I am so tired that I am not even going to bother asking Alsaund to put the generator on for fear that I will fall asleep and fail to bring the expensive contraption back into the house. I am in bed for 7.30!
More Than a Game joined The Collective and the Craig Bellamy Foundation in Sierra Leone for a seven-week voluntary placement in January 2013.