Over 4 years ago,
Laurie Speir and Lorraine Novak spearheaded the Uniform Project when St. Luke's was getting new uniforms.
Close friends of Speir's in Odessa, Texas- Karen and Troy Chesnut, and their daughter, Lisa Chesnut Crone, began a project called Christmas in Kono. The project was to begin a Christ centered school for children in Sierra Leone. The problem was, they did not have uniforms for the children. After speaking with Lisa, Lorraine and Laurie, and many of the girls that are now in 9th Grade, helped with the collection, sorting, and boxing of EVERY single uniform!
With the help of friends from Odessa, Texas, they rented a U-Haul, loaded up over 600 uniforms!! Jumpers, pants, shirts, jackets, blouses, shorts, etc. The uniforms were stored with the Chesnut family until the school was ready to be up and running!! The Chesnut family just got back from a 3 week trip to check on the school, and the children and teachers are forever grateful!
Now, these precious children in Africa have uniforms and a school! The name of the school is Freegrace Academy in the Boroma Village, Kono District of Sierra Leone, West Africa. So far, they have 100 children that are attending the school, and the number is growing every year. The school is Preschool through 4th Grade. Every year, a grade and children will be added to the school.
Thank you so much to everyone who donated. You have helped changed the lives of these children!