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 ...

InterCare UK helps Holy Spirit Hospital

Our partner Holy Spirit Hospital suffered a disastrous fire at the end of last year. No-one was hurt, but as well as serious damage to buildings, the fire destroyed all of its drugs. As soon as we heard about it we sought help from other UK charities on our partners behalf. We are delighted that InterCare (, who specialise in providing ... 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 !”

Water supplies

Boreholes for fresh water

St Joseph's students collecting water
St Joseph’s students collecting water

We hadn’t been in Makeni long before we realised that everyone had a problem finding fresh, clean drinking water. Jonathan worked at Holy Spirit Hospital for a month and when the water ran out in the dry season they had to buy river water that the fire engine delivered to fill their water tanks. We were able to buy bottled water to drink but flushing our toilet, washing ... continue reading ...

Fees and scholarships

Helping the children of blind beggars get to school

Blind Beggars Children
Councillor Sentu and John Kalowa with sponsored children

A very common sight in Makeni in 2009 was to see a young child [of school age] leading a blind relative around the town begging for money. This child through no fault of its own, is being denied an education and a childhood, so when we were introduced to ‘The Blind Beggars Association’ we decided we wanted to help those children. The ‘Blind ... continue reading ...

Sending containers

March 2013 – a third container …

We have just sent off our third container full of furniture and equipment for the University of Makeni and St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired. We are very grateful for the generous support we have received from many areas.

March 2012 – Sending the second container from Sheffield to Makeni

IT equipment sent in the second container
IT equipment sent in the second container

On March 10th 2012 about a dozen willing volunteers arrived ... continue reading ...

Infrastructure projects

Makeni Trust Fund has directly supported several building projects including the following:

Storm Drain for Bombali School for the Blind, Panlap

Storm drain for Bombali School
Storm drain for Bombali School

In 2009 we were invited to visit The Bombali School for the Blind. We were impressed with the good solid brick and concrete building set in a quiet area called Panlap about three miles outside Makeni. However, we were quite shocked by the lack of resources. ... continue reading ...

Volunteer support

Fundraiser and Director’s Assistant – St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired, Makeni


The Makeni Trust Fund has been pleased to support a succession of volunteers working as Fundraiser and Director’s Assistant at St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired, Makeni, from August 2011.

Our volunteers have been asked to work to develop and maintain a fundraising strategy, to work on ... continue reading ...