– Submitted by Joseph Mansaray. Project Officer, Teneba’s Haven, Inc., Sierra Leone
On the 27th January, 2021 the teachers started the tasks that were assigned to them: teaching of both the theoretical and practical aspect of tailoring. We normally start the school session with an assembly and prayer time wherein the students will have the opportunity to listen to a short exhalation from the Holy Bible by the project officer, Joseph Mansaray. Meanwhile, the school is run from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:00 Am to 14:00 Pm daily. There is a thirty minute lunch.
Our staff is doing their best in sharing the 10 new sewing machines, one over-lock machine, one press button machine and some important materials that were recently purchased, enabling 35 students to train as they take turns to learn various skill in using the machines and equipment.
We also succeeded in getting the bulls (OXEN PROJECT) two new nose rings that will enable them to work adequately in the next farming season. Please note that the oxen project is self-sufficient and does not require funding from our donors. New flash-lights were purchased for our two security personnel to help ease their work in securing the building and assets of the organization.
On behalf of the team in Sierra Leone, we express our thanks and appreciation to the chairman, board members, church family and all donors helping to make such dreams become a reality.
Monday, 25th January 2021 marks a historic day at Teneba’s Haven. The long-awaited vocational institute whose foundation was dug on December 16, 2017 is officially open to the public for tailoring at Sulaimania Village in Koinadugu District, Sierra Leone.
In attendance were representatives from the two host Paramount Chiefs, the Deputy Director of Education, the Koinadugu District Council Chairperson, the Station Manager, Radio Bintumani, Kabala Town, Police Partnership Board, Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union, town chiefs and key community stakeholders, as well as residents from surrounding villages.
The entire occasion was of great success because all in attendance were happy about the developments coming into these impoverished communities. Stakeholders, staff and students promised to keep the facilities in a “healthy state” so that the organization’s goals are met. All in attendance expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Chairman, Board Members and all those who support this hope-giving ministry. In his remarks, the Chairman for this occasion, Steven Bockarie Mansaray, emphasized that we give our love and loyalty to see that Teneba’s Haven succeeds.
We are excited to announce that we now have 3 teachers and 52 students ready to go when Teneba’s Haven Vocational School opens on Monday, January 4, 2021. We are in need of additional sewing machines (we have 6 simple and 1 designer) and sewing supplies. Please contact us if you can help.
Teneba’s Haven announces job opening for teachers “who are suitably qualified to teach the following subject areas: Tailoring (both theoretical & practical), Literacy & Numeracy and General Paper.
We have our initial 6 pedal-driven sewing machines being tested by Miss Isha Daramy (over 25 yrs experience) and her team. Looking forward to an exciting year as we prepare to open our hope-giving vocational institute.
Most recent state of Teneba’s Haven Vocational Bldg. Sample furniture for students’ sitting accommodation.
Interior painting in progress at Teneba’s Haven Vocational School.
Despite continuous heavy rains, our newly hired Joseph is working hard to insure work at the school is ongoing. Please see photos of how the grass almost took over the surrounding building and how the construction of gutters are making a difference.
Installing face boards and more
Gathering stones to fill remaining section of school foundation.
Unloading rocks for remaining portion of foundation. We lost a tire, punctured by a sharp stump.
Projected for 2018, Teneba’s Haven is working for Vocational Training to be offered in tie dying, embroidering & tailoring. The area was canvassed for possible applicants & the results were overwhelmingly in favor. A site for the school is in the works. Once trained, materials will be dyed & various clothing will be created for local sales & possibly marketed here in the States. Pedal Driven Sewing Machine costs available upon request. Further info to follow. Donations now being accepted.