24/7 electricity – too good to be true?

EducAid at night with it’s new electricity provision. I met someone from World Bank in June. I was simultaneously outraged at the impunity with which, those who can, blatantly steal donor funding and at the incompetence of the aid agencies … Read More

Difficult choices

Sitting up in their bench beds.3 years ago or so, we realised that the one room in Alhassan’s mum’s bungalow which was for the live-in girls, was just not sufficient, in comparison to the need. We put steel doors on … Read More

EducAid on the BBC

Some of our youngsters have the most harrowing tales from the war. A few of them interviewed each other as part of the BBC ‘Hunger to Learn’ series. Although, the versions they told in the interviews were quite calm, it … Read More

Issa settling in

A month or so ago, Issa Fowai, our second student to achieve international scholarship, set off across the world to study engineering in China. This was a fantastic achievement and was, surprisingly, done entirely on merit [Sierra Leone not being … Read More

Working it out at 4 years old

Today, the family held the 40 days’ ceremony for Alhassan. Lots of money was spent on lots of food and lots of people came and said some prayers and then ate lots. The family and friends came from near and … Read More

More memorials

The differences in cultures is nowhere easier to see, between Europe and Africa, than in the bereavement process. To my mind a significant contributor to many families’ poverty is the amount of money that has to be spent on burying … Read More

Tertiary difficulties

The problems at the tertiary institutions continue apace but we still somehow or other need to be fighting that while continuing to push to get as many of our students in as we possibly can. This year we have managed … Read More

Mike in Berlin

More goodwill and support from outside Sierra Leone. While the Paris to Brussels cyclists were training and foraging for funds to complete their bike ride, my very dear friend, Mike, was training for his first marathon. One week after we … Read More

Is it progress or not?

The Human Development Reports [Annual reports prepared by the United Nations http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDR_2009_EN_Complete.pdf] for 2009 are out. Last year, Sierra Leone was 179th out of 179 countries on the Human Development Index i.e. the poorest country in the world. The HDI … Read More

Admissions madness

Admissions with a difference in EducAid Lumley, Freetown! Ground floor – Last minute revision before the final, final entrance exam. Middle floor – continuing Junior Secondary students. Top floor – Continuing Senior Secondary students. Each year, the whole admissions process … Read More

We were initially disappointed but…..

5th in the country in the WASSCE [West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination] this year! …………. We still don’t have the full picture as the overall results have not been sent to the schools yet, but a few of our … Read More

The team rallies round

Saturday morning, when school kids all over the world enjoy a bit of a lie in and some time out…. EducAid Lumley was action stations. No dragooning, no Alhassan directing proceedings. There was a last minute request and they sorted … Read More

A great idea

I just thought I would share with you about something positive that we have been fortunate to benefit from. The inspiration of Kate Humble [of Bradt Travel Guides], the www.stuff your rucksack.com website enables goodwilled travellers to go on their … Read More

Beginning again…..

I have not been away from Sierra Leone for this long [5 weeks] since Kofi was born. It is very comforting to note how well the leadership team and the staff in general have developed since then. Lots of excellent … Read More

And Counting…

Early Friday morning. The bikes are in situ en France. We are waiting for the taxi to take us to a ‘silly o’clock’ Eurostar and then off we all go. 50 people aiming to raise a sizable amount for EducAid. … Read More

D-day approaches fast

Plenty of adrenaline coursing through the veins of many a Paris-Brussels participant and supporter. Phil, the bike man, had no space in his shop this morning for all the bikes he was MOTing and making safe. Janet B has not … Read More

Thank You All, Once Again!

What a day! When people suggested that I organise a memorial service for Alhassan in the UK, having already undergone one funeral, I was not greatly excited at the prospect. However, Saturday’s turnout was really quite moving. It was a … Read More

Dress Code

Somebody asked me the other day if they should dress in black for Alhassan’s memorial service tomorrow. It will not be a fun occasion, but please let us not make it any more dismal than it already is. Sierra Leonean … Read More