Tombo, Sierra Leone

colour our story sierra leone tombo orphfund

A Colour Our Story drawing event was held at the remote Tombo @orphfund childrens’ home in Sierra Leone, just outside of Freetown, thanks to Osman Turay - a very special, local carer for the kids there. We were put in touch via Facebook and I simply explained the concept to him. He fully loved and believed in our dream and vision and excitedly got to work collecting amazing drawings and stories from the kids which are now in the Sierra Leone colouring in book.

Osman Turay OrphFund colour our story sierra leone
I worked hard with these children to help them share their stories with other kids around the world as I believe this will help them know about other kids and become connected to one another world wide.
— Osman Turay

In a short period of time OrphFund has established itself as the leading residential care provider for orphaned and vulnerable children in the country. Their homes now provide refuge to over 250 children, whilst their schools help some 2000 students head back into the classroom. With programs scattered across Sierra Leone they are well placed to ensure the most vulnerable children in the most remote places have someone to turn to. I have personally had the unforgettable and rewarding experiences of visiting one of OrphFund’s orphanages in Kasese, Uganda twice so I know first hand the incredible work that this organisation does along side and in partnership with the local communities.

sierra leone orphfund book art colouring
orphfund sierra leone book art
colour our story sierra leone book art colouring

Some of the content I received for this Sierra Leone was so raw and heartbreaking and not all of it was included in the book but I was able to send it to OrphFund to help them get a deeper understanding of the traumas some of the children went through and may still be processing.

Sometimes the struggles, heartaches and pain we experience in our lives have a way of giving us a much deeper awareness of what we can be grateful for in this moment as well as a greater level of compassion and empathy towards others. Sadly for some these experiences or traumas happen far too early in life at a time when they are innocent and vulnerable.

It is so important that all children feel safe to express themselves or talk about their past and know that they are seen, heard, accepted and of course loved.
— Michelle Euinton

The children have no idea that right now we are on a mission for these inspirational artists. We’re getting wonderful people to pick a book from the Colour Our Story global collection of colouring in books (made by kids for kids around the world) and write a heartfelt message inside for one of the children there to receive. We’re also collecting new or preloved, plastic free colouring pencils and other creative supplies to go with our creative package we’ll be sending their way. If anyone would like to help us make this happen please get in touch and make sure you also follow our journey on facebook or instagram.

Thank you Lesley Webb from @cityviewstudio for your help with putting this wonderful book together. We couldn’t make all of this happen without the time and efforts of our loving design volunteers! If you’re a designer with basic design skills looking for a meaningful project to add to your portfolio as well as your name and logo on the book we’d love to hear from you.

Michelle Euinton