A Brief History
EducAid was started as a sponsorship programme in 1994 following a trip to Sierra Leone by James Boardman and Swithun Mason in 1993. Financial support was sent to Sierra Leone to support students pursuing their education. Following subsequent trips by James, Swithun and Miriam Mason, Swithun’s sister, it became clear that it was impossible to ensure the quality of education being delivered. Miriam’s background teaching French in the UK gave her a greater insight in to the issues being faced by these young people: full of dedication, but without the educational skills and practices to be able to change their lives. In 2000, delayed by the final, bloody end of the rebel war in Freetown, Miriam moved to Freetown and began to run classes on the back veranda of a rented house in Lumley – EducAid was founded.
EducAid is a registered charity, primarily funded by individuals and charitable organisations in the UK, Europe and the United States. We were incorporated in 1995 as a Charitable Trust (1048012) and transferred in to a Charitable Incorporated Entity (CIO) in 2016 (1163161), both registered under the trading name of EducAid Sierra Leone.
EducAid’s Head Office in Sierra Leone is based in our Freetown site, Lumley. EducAid also has an office based in King’s Cross, London – generously donated by Adrian Carr, a long-term friend, ex-CEO and Trustee of EducAid – from where we conduct our the majority of our Fundraising and our Governance from.
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