Magbenteh school-feeding programme off to a successful start

Aurora Foundation recently signed an agreement with The Swiss – Sierra Leone Development Foundation (SSLDF)  to support a school-feeding programme in the Magbenteh Community Boarding School. The school is based in the Bombali district in Sierra Leone and the children are from the most deprived surrounding villages including those left orphaned by Ebola.

The school was founded in 2016 and it became evident right from the beginning that a school-feeding programme was needed. The children were coming to school on an empty stomach, which was not conducive to learning and therefore the level of education ingrained. In Sierra Leone, malnutrition is prevalent amongst children, with 30% of children under 5 years old facing chronic malnutrition in 2014 according to the World Food Programme.

On its second month, the school-feeding programme is already off to a successful start, and the SSLDF has already reported increased energy levels and focus in the classrooms.

A specific focus on the nutritional aspect has been emphasized in regard to the quality of ingredients used, ensuring that vitamins, fat, calcium and protein, are incorporated into the diet. For example, breakfast consists of porridge, pap with lime and sugar, eggs and bread. Whilst lunch contains chicken or fish with rice, cassava leaf, beans and groundnut soup. Each child has the responsibility of washing their bowl and cutlery prior and after eating, creating a sense of self-worth and accountability.


New Online Magazine on the collaboration of 1+1+1 and Aurora

The Nordic design group 1+1+1 has published an Online Magazine on their collaboration with Aurora Foundation.

Starting in 2017, 1+1+1 have been participating in Aurora Foundation’s Sweet Salone project, teaming up with talented Sierra Leonean craftspeople in creating functional objects made mostly from materials locally gathered in Sierra Leone. The resulting houseware collection called 1+1+1+Sweet Salone was launched at DesignMarch, Iceland‘s biggest design festival last week, notably well received by a large number of guests attending the opening.

1+1+1 is an experimental collaboration between designers from three Nordic countries: Hugdetta from Iceland, Petra Lilja from Sweden and Aalto+Aalto from Finland. In order to examine and re-imagine objects, each studio designs an object consisting of three distinct parts and then randomly assembles them, creating unpredictable combinations. In the new collection, a fusion of sleek Nordic design and rustic African craftsmanship results in exciting new shapes and forms.

The beautiful collaboration with the Sierra Leonean artisans made a big impact on the members of 1+1+1, as is evident from their exquisitely designed Online Magazine which can be seen below.

The 1+1+1+Sweet Salone collection will continue to be for sale in the Geysir Heima design boutique.


Successful opening of new Sweet Salone collection designed by 1+1+1

Yesterday, a new collection of houseware products made by Sierra Leonen craftspeople and designed by the Icelandic-Swedish-Finnish design team  1+1+1 was launched at DesignMarch, Iceland‘s biggest design festival. The collaboration between the makers and designers is a part of Aurora foundation‘s Sweet Salone project that started in 2017.

The Mengi showroom was packed to the door at the opening, and the products were enthusiastically received by guests and visitors. The cooperation between us, the Icelandic designers and Sierra Leonean artisans, has exceeded our greatest expectations and we look forward to the development of new and exciting products. Already the project has resulted in jobs being created in Sierra Leone, and close-knit ties have been made between a number of designers and artisans in both of Aurora’s operating countries, Sierra Leone and Iceland.

The 1+1+1+Sweet Salone collection will continue to be for sale in the Geysir Heima design boutique. For further information about the project and items, please contact Aurora Foundation at aurorafoundation@aurorafoundation.is


Welcome to the opening of Sweet Salone & 1+1+1

We hereby invite you to the opening of Sweet Salone & 1+1+1 on Wednesday, March 14th at 17:00 in Mengi, Óðinsgötu 2, 101 Reykjavik.

There we will be celebrating a colorful cooperation between the Nordic design team 1+1+1 and craftspeople in Sierra Leone.

1+1+1 is an experimental collaboration between designers from three Nordic countries: Hugdetta from Iceland, Petra Lilja from Sweden and Aalto+Aalto from Finland.

In the new collection of 1+1+1, the fusion of sleek Nordic design and rustic African craftsmanship results in exciting new shapes and forms. Sharing ideas, working together and learning from one another has made a profound impact and, improved lives.

The final result is the combination of joy, hope, knowledge, and friendship, experienced by all those involved.

Mengi will be open during Design March as follows:

  1. March: 17:00–19:00, 15-16. March: 11:00–17:00, 17-18. March: 12:00–17:00

The products will be sold in Geysir Heima on Skólavörðustígur following the exhibition on DesignMarch.

For further information on the project SWEET SALONE please see here.


Sweet Salone receives Reykjavik Grapevine Design Award

The Reykjavik Grapevine Magazine’s annual Design Awards seek to recognize and reward the best of design in Iceland. It is therefore with great pride that we announce that our project Sweet Salone received this year’s Reykjavík Grapevine Design Award prize Product Of The Year – Looking Forward To.

Our successful Sweet Salone project revolves around the ongoing collaboration between the very talented designers from As We Grow, Kron by Kronkron and 1+1+1, with a group of inspiring craftspeople in Sierra Leone. The award was proudly received at Grapevine’s award ceremony, by Guðrún Ragna Sigurjónsdóttir from As We Grow, the Sweet Salone Project Manager Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir, and Regína Bjarnadóttir, the Director of Aurora.

Our heartfelt thanks go to the amazing team of designers and craftspeople that have contributed to the Sweet Salone project with their beautiful collaboration, commitment, and hard work, and to Grapevine Magazine for the very encouraging acknowledgment of rewarding our project with this prize. We can only look forward to the future!


Aurora supports school feeding programme

In February Aurora Foundation signed an agreement with the Swiss – Sierra Leone Development Foundation to support a school-feeding programme in the Magbenteh Community Boarding School.

The school was founded in 2016 and soon it became evident that a school-feeding programme was needed. Children are coming to school on an empty stomach, which is not conducive to learning and therefore the level of education ingrained.

A specific focus will be on the nutritional aspect of the feeding programme in regards to the quality of ingredients used in the meals provided, ensuring vitamins, fat, calcium and protein, in particular, are incorporated into the diet.

In Sierra Leone malnutrition is extremely common amongst children. According to a study done by the World Food Programme, 30% of children under 5 years old were facing chronic malnutrition in 2014.

The school is based in the Bombali district in Sierra Leone and the children are from the most deprived surrounding villages including those left orphaned by Ebola.