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Schools for Salone breaks ground for Kei Kamara-Michael Lahoud School

Construction began last week on the Kei Kamara-Michael Lahoud Education For All Primary School in Freetown's Allentown neighborhood in Sierra Leone.

Construction underway on the  Kei Kamara-Michael Lahoud School in Allentown, Sierra Leone
Construction underway on the Kei Kamara-Michael Lahoud School in Allentown, Sierra Leone
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While their teams will compete against one another tonight, the Columbus Crew's Kei Kamara and the Philadelphia Union's Michael Lahoud have also worked together not only as teammates on the Sierra Leone's national team, but also through the Schools for Salone charity to better the quality of life in their native country.

Construction began last week on the Kei Kamara-Michael Lahoud Education For All Primary School in the Allentown neighborhood in the eastern part of Freetown - the nation's capital. The school will "handle up to about 225 students, although some schools in the general area accommodate many more by breaking the classes into AM and PM (sessions)" according to Cindy Nofziger, Executive Director for Schools for Salone. The organization "partners with local villages in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to rebuild the schools devastated in the ten-year civil war that ended in 2002." according to the organization's website.

Construction on the school should last three to four months, so some time near October or November, the school should be up and operational. The work isn't done however, and there's always a need for funding. If you're interested in donating, the organization has a donations page set up for that on their siteThey've also set up a Facebook page that is updated frequently with details about the ongoing projects in Sierra Leone as well as the teachers and students themselves.