Administering Hope

St. Peter’s was established in 1993 through the timeless effort of Mrs. Wurie. For nearly two decades, Mrs. Wurie and her skilled staff have inspired hundreds of young Sierra Leonean women by empowering their lives through education. While the talented St. Peter’s teachers have diverse educational backgrounds, their dedication to empowering the students at St. Peter’s is a common thread among them. Their commitment to the school’s mission is both admirable and deserving of recognition. Below you will find their personal biographies. Please keep them in your prayers.

Mrs. Aminata Wurie was born in Free Town, Sierra Leone. After completing Sierra Leone’s equivalent of High School, Mrs. Wurie earned a Certification in Domestic Science from the City and Gills of London Institute in 1971. She was a Caterer at the Ministry of Health in 1974 where she was in charge of the nutritional needs of the hospital patients and supervised the Hospital Kitchen staff. She also worked in Government Hospitals of Freetown and Kenema until 1991 when she retired voluntarily and embarked on her full-time catering business. She has catered numerous dinners in honor of three Heads of States, including Dr. Ahmed Tejan Kabba, she catered for conferences organized by Government Ministries and Agencies as well as Non Governmental Organizations, and has provided her catering services for weddings, birthdays, and funerals.  In 1993, she established St. Peters Women’s Community Vocational Center where she is the active principal today. She has enhanced her career by completing the following programs: Domestic Cookery and Hotel Management training with the Cape Sierra Hotel; Nutrition Certification provided by Ministry of Health; and Gourmet Cookery Diploma from Thompson Direct College Sacramento. Due to the rebel war in Sierra Leone, Mrs. Wurie temporarily migrated to the United States with her sons from the years of 1997-2005. During her stay, she earned her Cooking and Nutritional Health Diploma from the International Correspondence Schools (ICS), attended several cookery and gourmet training seminars, catered for various events, and was an in house care taker for the elderly. Mrs. Wurie is happily married to Mr. Alimamy Rassin Wurie, the former Director of Mines Mineral Resources. Mrs. Wurie is the mother of four boys (Mani, Alhaji, Abdul, and Chernoh), and has raised several others (Sata, Kadiatu, Ima, Ami, Ayo, Isatu, Abdul, Barista, Munda (R.I.P), Bintu, Junior and little Alima). Thus, she is considered a mother to many.

Miss Bernadette Wilson was born in Bauya, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone. After completing Sierra Leone’s equivalent of High School in 2000, Miss Wilson obtained a certificate in Windows, Words, and Excel from Safe Access Computer Training Center. She was self employed from 2001-2006. In 2009 she graduted from REAPS Vocational Training Center with a   Certificate in Office Duties in 2007. She then  became the secretary at Truth Mission/UMF of Freetown. In 2010, he was hired as St. Peter’s secretary and conducts administrative duties that enables the school to operate successfully.  She is also a proud mother of one child.

Mr. Abu David Karteh was born in Koribondo, Bo District, Southern Sierra Leone. Mr. Karteh is one of the original students of St. Peter’s and he received his vocational certificate from the school in 1997 after he completed Sierra Leone’s equivalent of High School. He has been a teacher at St. Peter’s since 1998. He also obtained a Certificate of Pastorial Studies from Sierra Leone Theological College of Freetown in 2003. He is married with two children.

Mr. Bridian Jengo was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. After completing Sierra Leone’s equivalent of High School in 1970, Mr. Jengo accomplished a Certificate in Electrical Installation from the Government Trade Center in 1974. He worked for the National Power Authority in Freetown for 19 years before becoming a teacher at St. Peter’s in 1996. He currently teaches sewing and assists in electrical maintenance at the school to assure the students have the proper equipment for an effective learning environment. He is married with three children.

Miss Esther Pendema was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Miss Pendema completed Sierra Leone’s equivalent of High School in 1991. She was self employed from 1992-1995 before attending St. Peter’s from 1996-1998 where she earned a Certificate in Dress Making. Since 1999, she has utilized her skills to give back by teaching St. Peter’s students sewing and design. She is the mother of two children.

Mrs. Olivia Jeredine Hickson was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Mrs. Hickson attended YMCA Vocational School in Freetown from 1966-1971 where she accomplished a Certificate in Vocational Skills Training. She furthered her education and completed the Catering Training from the Technical Institute of Freetown in 1973. She was a teacher at Christal Nursery School, Congo Cross, Freetown for twelve years before she spent the next twelve years as a private teacher. She earned a Vocational Certificate from St. Peter’s in 1998 and has been teaching the cooking practical for the first and second year St. Peter’s students ever since. She is married with three children.

Mrs. Joyce Faustina French was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Mrs. French completed Sierra Leone’s equivalent of High School in 1980. In 1983, she achieved a Certificate in Electrical Installation: City & Building at the Nigeria Technical Institute. After being self employed for several years, in 2003, she was hired as a teacher at St. Peter’s to teach home economics, cooking, health education, and nutrition. She sadly passed away in 2013. May her soul rest in perfect peace.

Mr. Abiodu Thomas Davies was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Mr. Davies completed Sierra Leone’s equivalent of High School in 1985. He was self employed from 1986 through 2000. Mr. Davies has been a teacher at St. Peter’s since 2003. Simultaneously, he pursued spiritual and vocational endeavors and admirably earned a Certificate in Electrical Installation City and Guilds from the Government Technical Institute of Freetown as well as a Certificate in Discipleship from Mercy Ship in 2004. Mr. Davies currently teaches first and second year English at St. Peter’s. He is married with two children.

Mr. Mohamed Kamara was born in Waterloo, Sierra Leone. After completing Sierra Leone’s equivalent of High School in 2003, Mr. Kamara commenced the Tailoring Certificate program from St. Peter’s. He completed the program in 2005 and has been the acting tailoring instructor ever since. He is single with one child.

(Barrels of Hope International, Inc. is a 501 (a) organization and is treated as tax exempt by the IRS. The organization is not required to file for 501 (c)(3) exemption until the charity’s gross receipts exceeds $5,000.00. The charity’s tax identification number is 27-4441054).

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