Abbie Trayler-Smith


Teacher Moses A. Tholley sits in an empty classroom, at the SLMC Primary School on the outskirts of Freetown, not sure how many of his pupils will return when the ebola crisis is finally over. Waiting for the children when they return is the school's first ever toilet block, built by Oxfam. The facilities mean that the children now have a safer environment to learn in.'Before there was not good sanitation,' said Mr Tholley, who has taught at the school for 18 years. 'The children would get sick, we would have to carry them to the hospital, but when they came back it just happened again. Now they will be able to spend more time learning and become the new leaders of Sierra Leone.' The school may have toilets but as yet has no running water. Mr Tholley and the other teachers are forced to carry water from the river on their heads - or use their own money to pay to supply the 984 pupils. Oxfam is in the process of building a water pump for the nearby community which will benefit the school and is investigating building a well.

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