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Save Sierra Leone Foundation Press Release

Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) received a $10,000.00 donation from International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) at an award event honoring FAWE's Founding Chair Dr. Christiana Thorpe.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 3 2014                   

The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), a Save Sierra Leone Foundation support entity today received a check for USD 10,000.00 (Ten thousand dollars) from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) to support the organization's girls and women's educational empowerment efforts in Sierra Leone.

IFES donation to FAWE.jpgOn hand to receive the donation on behalf of FAWE's Founding Chair, Dr. Christiana Thorpe was Patricia Finney, President of Save Sierra Leone Foundation.  The IFES donation was made at a special reception held at the Georgetown Marriot in Washington D.C., in honor of Dr. Thorpe, FAWE's Founding Chair and former Chief Electoral Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone who was named the 2014 recipient of the IFES Joe C. Baxter Award.

According to William R. Sweeney, Jr. IFES's President and CEO, …"for almost three decades IFES has supported citizens' rights to participate in free and fair elections around the globe in new and re-emerging democracies and each year the organization presents the Joe C. Baxter Award in recognition of the contribution of a professional whose skills, dedication and sacrifices to democratic governance through IFES Award.jpgthe electoral process, epitomize the mission of IFES and embody the spirit of its namesake. Baxter was the election administrator who championed the right to vote for the citizens of the District of Columbia in the USA.  Dr. Thorpe was selected as this year's recipient  for implementing meaningful reforms and conducting elections that have been agreed upon by all electoral stakeholders and the international community as being free, fair, and transparent and in conformity with international best practices."

In her video remarks acknowledging the Joe C Baxter Award, Dr. Thorpe thanked the organization for their consistent C Thorpe.jpgsupport during her tenure as Sierra Leone's Chief Electoral Commissioner and commended IFES for providing a framework she used successfully to initiate election reforms and procedures in Sierra Leone. She explained that her organization, FAWE is currently deeply committed to Ebola relief assistance throughout the country and thanked all who are supporting efforts in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the West African region.   Amongst the guests at the event was an official from USAID, a former US Ambassador to Liberia and the Sierra Leonean Ambassador to the USA and Canada, H.E. Ambassador Bockari Stevens.


About Save Sierra Leone Foundation (SSLF). Since 2009, SSLF has been providing funding and technical support to established  organizations engaged in humanitarian efforts in Sierra Leone in the areas of female education, children healthcare and poverty alleviation. Additional information about SSLF's support entity, FAWE can be found at


Press release contact: Ralph Kamara, SSLF correspondence