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Aug 31, 2020

Innovation, commitment: Creativity and Community

Dear supporters and fellow good human beings!

We are here to create, we are here to educate, we are here to reach out and build secure and fulfilling lives through making music, films and so much more in Sierra Leone!  And we have not stopped creating amidst the severe restrictions imposed by the Corona Virus pandemic - indeed, we have written, choregraphed, directed and filmed  a brand new Public Informatoion video for the people of Sierra Leone as to how best to stay safe and prevent its spread - after several meetings and consultaions with Gloria Jones, Rolan Feld and other humanitarian supporters we have set a plan of distribution in motion. This will ensure that our new dvd, featuring the work of orphaned children and other gifted members of our school community, will reach out to tens of tousands of people in Sierra Leone through television and radio networks as well as other social media. We are committed long term to the cultural enrichmnet and empowerment of our students and communities - we are dedicated to initiaiting and helping the growth of talent and self belief in our young people so that they grow in ability and understanding - an understanding which will build platforms of communication and mutual care across Makeni and throughout Sierra Leone. 

 

Because of your belief and support, we ARE making a difference, we ARE changing people's lives in a positive, intelligent and purposeful way - so that they feel enabled to live rich and fulfilling lives, individually and culturally, and inspire others around them to do the same.

 

Oh, and if you know of anyone who might make a larger donation to finish building our school, please, please tell them about our wonderful Marc Bolan School of Music and Film in Sierra Leone.

 

Our very latest videos, photos and posters to follow soon!

 

Thank you,

 

Jed Dmochowski

Director and Treasurer

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Jun 26, 2020

Stepping Up To The Challenge Of Covid 19. Making Public Awareness Video for Sierra Leone TV.Film!

Students with rice and provisions Covid 19 2020
Students with rice and provisions Covid 19 2020

It has been such a difficult time for a great many people around the world and Sierra Leone is no exception. When lockdown came millions of people faced uncertainty and hard times, hoping just tp make ends meet. Because of fewer opportunities to work and earn money, real hardship followed the Corona outbreak. BUT, I am greatly honoured and proud to say that The Marc Bolan SChool of Music and Film stepped up to the challenge!

Our students and teachers at The Marc Boaln School of Music and Film in Makeni, Sierra Leone, showed great initiative. They used their new skills and equipment  to create music and film videos as a PUBLIC AWARENESS strategy to warn their fellow Sierra Leonians about the dangers of Corona Virus - and how best to behave in order not to facilitate its spread. Our children, a great many of whom lost their parenst and families in the Ebola outbreak five years ago, know how lethal and tragic the consequences of this illness can be.

Working together, they wrote songs, choreographed dance (all in keeping with social distancing rules) and planned, directed and filmed their own videos to help reach out to every community in Sierra Leone. Their truly wonderful work has been constantly played on national television and radio stations. 

In the brand new video below you will see some of our youngest children presenting their heart-touching work - with great pride and conviction!  Each of the children worked very hard on their dance moves and singing, each child co-operating with the camera film team and directors. WE are so proud of their achievements!!!

As well as the above The Marc Bolan School of Music and Film has prepared meals for and fed over 1,500 students and their families in the local Makeni district because of the lack of earnings suffered by the community. Our President and inspiration, the great Motown singer and songwriter Gloria Jones, has done everything she possibly can to help our community survive.

Please continue to help us, we really are making a huge difference to people's lives and inspiring our children believe in the value of their creativity and interaction.

We ARE reaching out to the world!!!  PLEASE REACH OUT TO US to help us build the school by donating today!  

 

Jed Dmochowski

Director and Treasurer

 

Charity Number (UK) 1164256

Our Charity has not taken one penny in payment for any of the work we have done over the years.

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Mar 30, 2020

Inspiring Sierra Leone from The Marc Bolan School

Making bricks for our state of the art building
Making bricks for our state of the art building

It has been another incredible month. Not only did we have the talented Paul Davies from the Darwen School in the UK to viist and instruct, but our students have now completed their first film. In addition, they are creating a media message to warn and educate their fellow citizens how to keep the threat of Corona Virus at bay and how to avoid spreading the virus through contact, keeping a distance etc.

As well as the above significant and  important project we have bought a substantial amount of cement and hardcore and, with the aid of committed workers, we have made over 1,000 cement bricks for our principal state-of-the-art building, designed by Bolan's Architects of Forest Hill, SE London. Please see the video and photos attached. 

 

We need your help to pay for the building of the school. Please give generously, as our students and staff have shown that they are seriously committed long-term to this centre of cultural and social advancement, helping spread growth in talent and musical achievement - and documentary as well as information and entertainment films.

More about our first film in the next report.

Thank you, and please help us raise £70,000 to finish the main stage of this project. Every penny we raise goes towards the school and the education of our students in one of the poorest countries in the world. NOTHING is spent on admin!

 

Jed Dmochowski

 

Director and Treasurer

Big ambitions - hard work!
Big ambitions - hard work!
Many hours of effort, many years of education!
Many hours of effort, many years of education!
Exact and determined planning.
Exact and determined planning.
 
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