Sierra Visions Newsletter

August 1, 2005

Volume 2: Issue 1


Sierra Visions Inc. would like to thank all of you for your support, especially our Board of Directors, SBTS Group and PCL International. In this edition of our Newsletter, we announce our new Members and Upcoming Events and Programs for 2005, including the Brain Gain Training Program, Book Drive, and Gift to Succeed Scholarship.

Introduction of New Members

Sierra Visions welcomes a new member Leah Mansaray at our new London, UK Branch. She obtained a BSc. degree in Computing and Information Systems from London Guildhall University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Hull , UK-- specializing in IT. She hopes to fulfill her passion for contribution towards development in the sub-Saharan region through her work with Sierra Visions Inc.  
   
   
2005 Annual Book Drive
 
Sierra Visions will be kicking off its second annual Book Drive . Special thanks are extended to “Church of the Living God” and individual contributors who donated more than two barrels full of children's books and clothing last year. This year, Sierra Visions has teamed up with Barnes & Noble to provide reading material for primary school age children in Sierra Leone. The book drive will run from August 1to December 1, 2005. Please visit http://www.sierravisions.org/Events.php and Click on Support our 2005 Book Drive and you will be directed to BarnesandNoble.com for details on how you can make a difference to the educational progress of children in Sierra Leone.
 
   


Brain Gain Training Program

Over the past year, Sierra Visions conducted a needs analysis to effectively deliver training to college and vocational students, thereby building the capacity of institutions. Furthermore, Sierra Visions hopes to continue to give students the opportunity to sustain their newly-acquired skills and retrain others; and provide permanent job-placement and career advice to students as openings occur within our organization and the Sierra Leone work force. By forming partnerships with private sector firms, SBTS Group and PCL International, Sierra Visions launched the first session of the Brain Gain Training Program by developing and delivering a two-day computer course and course manuals in Microsoft Excel and Access 2000.
With your support, Sierra Visions hopes to deliver the second session of training over the next few months by:

  Continuing to work with both public & private sector to keep the  Brain Gain Program ongoing for the various skills/areas
  Encouraging students to maintain and retrain others in the various skill-sets they've learned.
  Ensuring that all students have an opportunity to apply these skill-sets by helping them seek/maintain related jobs/careers.
   
    Spotlight on Gift to Succeed Scholarship Recipients

In 2003, the year that Sierra Visions launched its scholarship program, it awarded several vocational students in Sierra Leone with scholarships. One of those students was Miss. Dah Sankoh. She was awarded $120 for her tuition and other educational expenses. At that time, she studied office duties and wanted to be a secretary after the completion of her studies. Her goal was accomplished as she has now completed her studies from Rapid Engagement in the Acquisition of Practical Skills (REAPS ) in Tower Hill, Freetown. She is currently working for Statistics of Sierra Leone.

The scholarship recipient for the 2004-05 school year is Bockarie Bayoh. He is currently in his second year at Fourah Bay College and studies history.

Sierra Visions would like to thank everyone who provided financial support to the Gift to Succeed scholarship program. The organization has not only been able to provide scholarships to students, it has also mentored and supported those students who were not accepted into college. Please help Sierra Visions to make this a successful program by making a tax deductible donation online anytime.


   
 

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