More Sheffield Masters Students will go to UNIMAK

Sheffield University crest

We were pleased to hear that two Sheffield University Masters students would like to do placements with the University of Makeni in June-July 2017. Helena has already been volunteering with work for UNIMAK  in Sheffield. She would like to focus her research in Sierra Leone on local strategies to alleviate poverty. The other student, Eri, would like to focus on exploring the link between environmental ... continue reading ...

Award for one of our Partners in Makeni

Sr Mary Sweeney
Sr Mary Sweeney

Makeni Trustees congratulate Sr. Mary Sweeney, the Director of St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired, Makeni. Sr Mary, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, received a Presidential Distinguished Service Award from President of Ireland on 8 December for her role in co-ordinating the response to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. Speaking afterwards Sr. Mary said: “This ... continue reading ...

Happy Patients of the Diabetes Clinic


Happy people helped by Makeni Trust Fund
Happy people helped by Makeni Trust Fund

We support the work of Dr Veronica Sawicki who has set up a clinic at Holy Spirit Hospital for people with diabetes. Makeni Trust Fund helps by funding the purchase of blood glucose strips. Veronica recently sent us this message:

“I just wanted to post a couple of photos of some of our patients who are alive in part, as a result of your amazing support. Big smiles all round !”

Sheffield University ties with University of Makeni strengthened

Sheffield University links with the University of Makeni (UNIMAK) are being strengthened in three ways:

1. Sheffield University has launched a 2-3 year programme of work that seeks to identify and mobilise UNIMAK alumni to support the future development of the University. The key elements of the Alumni Outreach Project are:

> To understand how alumni engagement supports the development of a ... continue reading ...

Strengthening science education at the University of Makeni


microscopesThe Makeni Trust Fund has been pleased to support Cambridge University Virology Professor Ian Goodfellow in a small way as he has established the new Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at the University of Makeni (UNIMAK). Ian visits Makeni regularly and passes on his enthusiasm for science to students in Sierra Leone.

In order from the top, the pictures show:

students at UNIMAK ... continue reading ...

QBP Speech of Peter West, British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone

Peter West, British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone (photo:
Peter West, British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone (photo:

Delivered 21st April 2016 ….
Acting Foreign Minister, Members of Cabinet, Ministers, Special Advisers, Parliamentarians, Fellow Colleagues of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

A very warm welcome from all the British Government Team in Sierra Leone to our national day, a day of celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday. Thank ... continue reading ...

Possibly the best law library

In 2014, two UK solicitors’ firms, Ashfords and Freeth Cartwright, donated a large volume of law reports and text books to the UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network. These were shipped to the University of Makeni for free by Dawnus, an international construction company from Wales which was working in Sierra Leone.

A letter from the Vice Chancellor of UNIMAK said that the books would “help to put ... continue reading ...