A bit about Wellington Orphanage in Sierra Leone, Africa.
The Orphanage began in 1996, under the care of Pastor Mansaray and his volunteers. 60 little children in a bombed out building sleeping 4 and 5 to a bed, often with only 1 meal a day. These children were the victims of a 10-year civil war, some were infants found floating in gutters, many had watched their parents shot or burned in their homes.
In 2002 a dying woman from England provided sufficient funds to build the Wellington Orphanage in Freetown. Today there are 144 children, (70 of them are Ebola orphans) in two sites: the younger children are in the Wellington Orphanage as the government has opened a “free school” next door. The remainder of the older children are at the Mercy Ships site, two hours north of Freetown. The Mercy Ships is a gated compound where Pastor Mansaray took all the children when the Ebola crisis hit in 2014. They were confined there for 18 months. Since Covid hit, Pastor Mansaray has brought all the children back to Mercy Ships, to keep them safe.
Many of our original orphans, 18 years and older, are trying to get an education. Pastor Mansaray continues to help them, too. Everyone comes home to the Orphanage at holiday time. Pastor Mansaray is a father to all of them and the volunteers are their Auntie’s and Uncles. Our children are amazing! Despite their deep wounds and daily hardships, they demonstrate a strong faith and trust in the Goodness of God.
Wellington Square United Church has walked with Wellington Orphanage for over 19 years.
Each year we have provided help in some way, sending containers, filled with food, medical supplies, clothing, bedding, educational supplies, sports equipment, carpentry tools, garden tools, bikes, sewing machines etc. We have sent emergency funds during the medical crisis and employed a nurse. We have sent funds for repairing the buildings and did a clean water project. Presently the church sends $1000 a month for food and medical care. Our child sponsorship program which started in 2006 also provides monthly funds for food. God has given our Church, the great privilege of walking with this orphanage. The orphanage is so grateful to God, for His Provision, through us.
God has blessed the two Wellingtons. All praise and honor and Glory be to Him.
How Wellington Square United Church has helped
Every year we send some form of financial aid to bless all of the children. Every time a container is sent, we contribute items such as school supplies, computers, farm equipment and tools, hospital beds, and medical supplies, and more. Explore the timeline below to learn about other, special contributions made to the orphanage.
We sent funds to help replace the pump on the well and also to have a concrete gutter poured around the orphanage to help protect the building when the floods come. We also collected additional donations for Christmas celebrations.
Fundraising for a permanent clean water solution for the orphanage, possibly through H2O 4 ALL, we continue to investigate the best organization to work through
Financial donation for new sewage system, however some money had to go to hire a nurse to manage a cholera outbreak in the orphanage
Pastor Mansaray came to visit from Sierra Leone, received a $5000 donation
Sent Christmas Shoeboxes to each child in the orphanage
Raised money to purchase farm land, sent equipment, garden tools, seeds
Monthly sponsorship of children began
Prayed for a new orphanage and God brought a new school as well! We also funded another container ($7,000)