As part of a three-day visit to Sierra Leone, Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Princess Royal visited Save the Children programmes in Freetown in her capacity as Patron of the global children’s charity.
HRH The Princess Royal, daughter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has served as the charity’s President since 1970 until recently taking over as Patron from Her Majesty The Queen. Her visit included a visit to Save the Children funded health centres and schools in two Freetown locations – Susan’s Bay and Wilberforce Village. The Princess Royal had time to speak to staff and patients as well as members of both communities.
Save the Children’s Country Director Sasha Ekanayake said:
“It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to tour these facilities with HRH The Princess Royal who has been a wonderful supporter of Save the Children’s work in Sierra Leone for a number of decades.
This was a chance for Her Royal Highness to view first-hand some of the services provided by Save the Children to the communities of Susan’s Bay and Wilberforce Village and also to learn about some of the issues affecting people here.
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“I’d like to say a big thank you to the members of both communities for offering Her Royal Highness such a warm welcome and for ensuring her visit was something that I’m sure she will never forget.”
Her Royal Highness was accompanied by a Save the Children Vice President, Mr Michael Edwards, who has been a substantial supporter of Save the Children’s programmes in Sierra Leone for over a decade, and the Chairman of Save the Children UK, Mr Peter Bennett-Jones. The visit began with a tour of Save the Children’s Community Health Centre in Susan’s Bay. Built in 2012, the facility has been largely funded by private funds and has provided much needed health services to a community of some 12,000 people.
Upon her arrival at Malama Thomas Street, Her Royal Highness was greeted and the party made their way through the market area towards the health centre.
She was given a tour of the facility and had time to meet with nurses and midwives. She also took an opportunity to meet a group of teenage mothers supported by Save the Children as part of its ‘Fambul Welbodi programme’.
Her Royal Highness traveled to Wilberforce Village where she met local community health workers, head teachers and students as well as young girls benefitting from Save the Children programmes.
Save the Children has been working in Sierra Leone since 1999 and, through its programmes in Kailahun, Pujehun, Western Area Urban and Western Area Rural, focuses its projects on helping children to survive, learn and be protected.
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