Christmas from EducAid

Christmas in Sierra Leone is typically a fun-filled affair. With music, parties, and vibrant atmosphere, the cities, towns and villages are a buzz of excitement. This year was somewhat different; with a strict restriction on public gatherings imposed at the … Read More

A huge step forward: OICCs Operational

“Not everybody who sees this will realise just how hard it might be to secure such a letter.” The letter in question is the Certificate of Authorisation in Port Loko. In this post we’re going to try and give you … Read More

Living with Ebola: Sillah Sesay

Sillah, sitting in the middle, with two of his new EducAid friends. He is 14 years old and attended Christ The King School in Bo before Ebola struck. At the beginning of the summer holidays, Sillah travelled from his school … Read More

Living with Ebola: Mohamed Anthony Kamara

 Mohamed Anthony Kamara, and ex-EducAid student and current EducAid staff. Last week I was speaking with one of the site coordinators, Alhaji Kamara, better know to those in EducAid as AA. I asked him whether there were many Ebola survivors … Read More

Ebola Today: A worsening crisis in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is facing a worsening Ebola crisis day by day. Whilst it’s neighbours begin to seize control over the vicious and deadly virus, Sierra Leone’s number of Ebola cases continues to spiral higher and higher. Despite the sluggish start … Read More

Miriam Mason-Sesay: The Angel of Freetown

I stumbled across an article from 2008 while researching another blog post. Reading it made me sit, stop, and really consider the impact of what EducAid does. During the course of the year or so that I have been involved … Read More

Close Call – Donald Whenzle

Donald Whenzle is another member of the EducAid community that has had to grapple with the ferocious Ebola virus. Donald grew up in Waterloo, attending both Primary and Junior Secondary school there before joining EducAid to finish his Senior Secondary studies. He … Read More

Returning to Kigbal – EducAid on the BBC

The picture that we painted nearly a month ago in Kigbal was not one full of promise. Coinciding with a BBC News journalist, Miriam visited a small village called Kigbal, 4 hours northeast of the capital, Freetown. The BBC Journalist, … Read More

Interim Care Centre – #AfterEbola Phase 3

Last week we outlined the need for the 3rd phase of our fight in this Ebola outbreak. This week we are taking a huge step towards implementing an effective and progressive programme for life after Ebola. There are huge numbers … Read More

#afterebola phase 2 – Education by Podcast

At the beginning of this blog, we set out our 3 stage plan to combat the effects of Ebola on our students, staff, and the wider population as a whole. The first of these phases was to implement protocols to … Read More

Getting the best from EducAid

We’ve had a few requests from people who wanted to receive inboxed updates from our blog, so we’ve decided to give you a quick guide to keeping up-to-date with our blog and social media. Sign up to our blog to … Read More

Living with Ebola: AJ & Kai

AJ (pictured) & Kai are the site coordinators at EducAid Magbeni, one of the EducAid schools in the most hard-hit areas of Sierra Leone, the Port Loko district. AJ and Kai are responsible for looking after the students and staff … Read More

A sobering experience

As the global media attention begins to tire and to sway on to other more sensational stories, it would be easy for the public to think that Ebola situation has gotten better. Let us be clear, it has not. Have … Read More

Living with Ebola: Abu ‘Pirez’ Kanu

Pirez is a man who has come all the way through the EducAid system, and someone that typifies everything that we stand for. We asked him a few questions to give us an overview of what life is really like … Read More

Necessity is the mother of invention

Necessity is the mother of invention – we can see this proverb come to reality during times of crisis, particularly in the actions and initiatives that come from the NGO and Aid communities. A few weeks ago, the West African … Read More

Traditions, Rites, and the Deadly Virus

‘Safe and dignified burials’ have been a top priority of the international and government agencies of the past months; with more reports of insensitivity by government burial teams – a lack of clarity as to grave locations, and a lack … Read More

EducAid today: 31st October 2014

Sierra Leone – an update Firstly, an update on the Ebola figures for this week. These figures are accurate for the 20th and 29th October, and the new cases only pertain to that day only. 20th Oct 29th Oct New … Read More

Ebola: Distrust and Misinformation

Distrust and misinformation have been prominent throughout the Ebola outbreak, and something that we have touched on in previous blog posts. Distrust for the government and international community, and a lack of clear information about the sources, the transmission, and … Read More

EducAid today: 23rd October 2014

Continuing on from last week’s update, here is a fresh one for today. To begin with, we have an update from Sierra Leone today, it reads: Due to the number of new Ebola cases in Western Area, Western Area is … Read More