DFID Sierra Leone spends nearly £70m in 2013-14

Figures released by the UK Department for international development (DFID) confirm the UK’s position as Sierra Leone’s leading bilateral donor to help reduce poverty in Sierra Leone.

The press release in full:

Figures released by the UK Department for international Development (DFID) confirm the UK’s position as Sierra Leone’s leading bilateral donor, spending £68.6m ... continue reading ...

Sheffield University linking with University of Makeni

We are delighted that the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield has accepted our invitation to help develop the research capability of the University of Makeni.Jonathan, Jessica and Deborah

Late last year we began conversations with Dr Deborah Sporton, who is actively involved in teaching on three postgraduate Masters programmes in International Development, where emphasis is placed on specialised teaching to ... continue reading ...

Sponsored Medical Student

At the request of Miriam Mason Sesay, one of the Trust’s key supporters, Alps-VA,  has agreed to fund half of the costs of medical student Sumaila. Here is Sumaila’s story:

Sumalai“I was born on 17th November 1987 in a town called Daru in the Kailahun district in the Eastern part of Sierra Leone. I’m from a poor family with three sisters. I lost my father in my early childhood ... continue reading ...

October 2013 visit to check project progress

In October two trustees obtained external funding to enable a visit to Makeni to check progress with our various projects. Bob Lyons and Jon Kay were made very welcome by all, and given excellent accommodation on the Fatima campus of the university for their 10 day visit.

Satisfactory progress was confirmed with all the projects the trust has supported, and the following areas identified for further ... continue reading ...

“Sierra Leone – the fastest growing economy in the world in 2012” – World Bank

World Bank - SL growth

A World Bank study of development in Africa concludes:

> Sub-Saharan African countries continue to grow at a strong pace, spurred by domestic demand and still high commodity prices. Economic prospects are tilted to the upside.

> Good progress has been made on a few MDGs, even though the region lags in achieving the development goals.

> More than a decade of strong growth has reduced poverty ... continue reading ...

Third container for Makeni

loading container 002When we booked a container for the last week in March, to transport educational equipment to Sierra Leone, we had little idea that it would be the coldest weekend in March for 50 years! There was 6 inches of snow on the ground, but the parishioners from The Mother of God Parish, Sheffield turned up at 8.30 am to help pack the container.

Luke and Ged Desforges are experienced packers so they ... continue reading ...

Supporting vulnerable children in Lunsar

Fr Gianni's well digging team from Lunsar

Fr Gianni’s well digging team from Lunsar

In recognition of the work done to sort out the Holy Spirit Hospital water supply by Fr Gianni of the Josephite Fathers at Lunsar, the Makeni Trust Fund has contributed £400 in favour of two residential homes managed by himself in Mabesseneh village, 2 kilometers from Lunsar.

Six girls are currently living in one and six boys in the other, provided with quality basic needs (food, shelter, clothing, ... continue reading ...

Running for St Joseph’s School

Teresa Kay after running the 2012 Sheffield Half Marathon

Teresa Kay after running the 2012 Sheffield Half Marathon

On one of the hottest days in May, Teresa Kay ran the half marathon in Sheffield and raised £380 for St Joseph’s School. This money will pay the fees for six children to attend the school for a year.