I must be back in Sierra Leone

Grim skin lurgy 1. Grim skin lurgy 1 again. Grim skin lurgy 2. Grim skin lurgy 2 again. Days shared in almost equal parts between hope, despair, delight, beauty, sweat, dust, anger, sadness, frustration and awe. I must be back … Read More

Successful UK fundraising trip

We are just back from a very successful month of fund-raising in the UK. Successful because many new liaisons were made. Successful because many long-standing relationships have stood not only the test of time but also the test of the … Read More

Congratulations to the winners!

”Hi Miriam, I have the honour of writing to inform you that Educaid are the winners of the Rafiki Photo Contest! Congratulations! The whole team loved that the students drew the Rafiki logo. It was a wonderful touch. Your prize … Read More

Ezekiel graduates

Graduation Day – Congratulations on the wonderful achievement! He’s usually a lot smilier than this – must have been the awe of the occasion!When EducAid first started its own school on 18th September, 2000 with 20 assorted youngsters, on the … Read More

Amazon Queen

Shortly after Alhassan died I discovered the joys of online shopping. [I might despise the theory of retail therapy but the reality is that it still works!] Since then, I have become one of Amazon’s most active customers. It is … Read More

Bad timing on the Icelandic Ash!

So tempting to ask, ‘Why me?!!!!’ but it is me + how many thousand [million??? not sure] others. The teacher training materials for the 2nd module are finished today and I should be on a plane out of the heat … Read More


Rafi.ki is an intra schools online learning community platform [or something like that!] Rafi.ki and EducAid have become good friends over the last 12 months or so as they have linked us in with a variety of projects and as … Read More

Helping EducAid Help

A few months ago, we started being contacted by those who had visited the excellent ‘stuff your rucksack’ website, where our link is: http://www.stuffyourrucksack.com/find/Recipient.aspx?RecipientId=253 A variety of people coming into Sierra Leone visiting friends or on work missions have brought … Read More

Getting into the swing of things!

Adrian and Swithun spent their last afternoon seeing the kids at their best: receiving certificates and prizes for community service done, top exam scores achieved, merit certificates earned, being talked through numerous presentations from the various clubs: Science, Girl Power … Read More

Ho down for EducAid

Ho down for EducAid!Mike Ruse [my long-suffering best friend from Uni days] has been do-si-do ing and swinging his partners with the congregation from a nearby church in Southampton on EducAid’s behalf. Much hard work went into the arrangements and … Read More

The Big Boss is in Town

So….Jimiyke is back with a clean bill of health and very happy to see his friends again here. They were very excited to welcome him home! It has been an amazing experience but at times some serious homesickness. He is … Read More

Jimiyke on the scene again

Jimiyke, last year’s headboy, has gone quiet over the last few months. After a traumatic 2009 when he nearly died of what was probably TB, sat his final senior secondary exams, had Hepatitis C antibodies detected, eventually, after much battling … Read More

It was looking good and then…….

I had just been thinking up a new positive blog entry.Firstly, there is the excellent new road to Kenema. Wow! No potholes for 200 miles. Almost unheard of in Sierra Leone.Secondly, there was an amazing decision made, allowing a woman … Read More

Definitely too much excitement!.

Obai Santigie and his brother Alhaji receive the keys after their months of hard work to make the school building become a reality. Drummers and dancers – part of the cultural celebrations. Cultural high wire performance – another contribution to … Read More

White Ribbon Campaign

On International Women’s Day, 8th March, EducAid Lumley launched its White Ribbon Campaign. The White Ribbon Campaign is an international campaign of men working to end violence against women. An initial 31 young men committed to upholding women’s human rights: … Read More