The Light Of Love Foundation wants to inspire children through music and film by giving them the chance to learn to play musical instruments; to read, compose, record, and to be heard by the world. To achieve this we are building a music school for the children of Sierra Leone, West Africa, in the town of Makeni. We want to see the hearts and minds of these children filled with creativity and excitement, with plans and dreams and a deep faith - in one of the very poorest countries in the world.
Though Makeni is the economic centre of this province, most of the population works in the agricultural sector and the informal sector with a mere 30% of households having access to clean drinking water, 10% having access to hygienic toilet facilities, and only 2% having electricity. Having a structure that doubles as both a school and community centre will enrich the lives of the children, the local population, and act as a cultural hub for those in need.
The structure of the school has allowed for built-in flexibility in its uses in order to blend with the social and cultural needs of the residents of Makeni. It has been designed to be a multi-purpose, multi-use facility that primarily focuses on educating the younger population in both music and film, but also acts as a community center. This space can, and is intended to, function as an extracurricular educational platform as well as a place where humanitarian/medical aid will be available.
Makeni in Sierra Leone is the capital of the Bombali District and the economic center of the Northern Province. The current population has been estimated to be 112,489 with approximately half of the population being 14 and under. These figures suggest that there is a large pool of potential students. The school has been designed with consideration of the native resources and boasts an outdoor film area, multiple classrooms, various instruments, and a library.