St. Matthews Church Germany donates to Sierra Leone Nursery
The children of St. Matthews Protestant Church kindergarten in Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany has presented toys and other learning materials to the Young Women’s Christian Association Nursery School at Regent Village, Sierra Leone. (Photos: Christopher Wallace Johnson and the Children displaying their gifts with their Aunties)
The donation was made at Regent Village by Christopher Wallace-Johnson on behalf of the Children of St Mathews Protestant Church Kindergarten.
Giving a background to the donation, Christopher Wallace-Johnson said that it was his uncle Theodore Nicol who lives in Germany that facilitated the donation. He revealed that in July last year, when Theodore visited Sierra Leone, he saw the challenges facing the children and as a social worker working with children in Germany the concerns and interest of these children became paramount to him as part of the problems facing this part of the world.
He noted that Theodore started making comparison to the children’s way of life in kindergarten’s in Germany to that of the children at the YWCA kindergarten. He said that the disparity was nothing to be compared.
He maintained that after Theodore had acquired lots of information he started giving consideration on how he could help alleviate the predicaments of these needy children who are the future leaders of this nation. He revealed that upon his return to Germany Theodore made a Power Point presentation on the topic “AFRICA” to his colleagues and they were perplexed by what they saw and ask him to bring this topic closer to the children which he did.
He also stated that Theodore together with his colleagues organized an exhibition displaying all kinds of artifacts from Africa, which captivated the attention of the German children as it was fun all the way. He noted that as Theodore was born in Sierra Leone, he was in a better position to bring Africa, Sierra Leone as an example closer to the children in Germany.
Christopher also told the children of YWCA Regent that Theodore also made a presentation to the children in which their photographs were displayed. He said that after the presentation Theodore asked the children of St Matthews Protestant Church kindergarten if they would like to help these needy children by donating their old but good looking toys they no longer need. The answer was “yes we want to help them” and the donation he maintained is part of that answer from the children and their parents.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the YWCA Regent Branch, Mrs. Jane Cole expressed thanks and appreciation to the Parents and children of St Matthews Protestant Church kindergarten and Theodore Nicol for thinking of them in that part of Freetown.
She revealed that the items will be used for the children and that they will ensure that the children do not destroy them as other children will have to use them and also ensure that they do not take them away as they are meant for the school.
Mrs. Olivia John commonly called Aunty Larry expressed thanks and appreciation to Theodore Nicol for maintaining his promises. She said that when Theodore was here in Sierra Leone he attended the YWCA Nursery and so his support is indeed very much appreciated.
She maintained that we are living in a globalized world today and this kind of action simply reflects the fact that we are our brother’s keeper.
The children showed appreciation of the donation by displaying some of the items.
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