Appeal for Long Lasting Soccer Balls

David’s son in law has started another appeal for footballs.The link is: https://onewrld.co/2HsJ3ND  which gives all the details. People buy and when the appeal ends they are all shipped to him for sending to school.

The campaign is running with One World Play Project to raise ultra-durable One World Futbols, soccer balls that never need a pump and never go flat, for The David School. Unlike standard soccer balls, which puncture and break easily on rough terrain, One World Futbols are proven to last.

Soccer is universally loved in Sierra Leone, but few children have access to a ball. Balls that we have taken to the school wear out very quickly on the hard baked clay or are punctured on the sharp surrounding scrub. Pumps break and valves clog. The One World Futbol seems like the only ball that could survive!

School’s Ten Year Anniversary

The article below was written by Rotarian Janet Cooke and published in the Peterborough Telegraph, on 24th January 2019.

2018 was a milestone for the David School in Sierra Leone; marking ten years since Ramsey Rotarian David Wallwork set up the school that has grown and prospered ever since.  To mark this important occasion David visited the community along with family members, local Rotarians and even a Rotarian from Norway.

The anniversary was marked by a day of celebrations starting with a three mile parade led by the school’s banner.  Pupils and teachers wore T-shirts designed for the occasion.  Food was then provided for everyone before an assembly with speeches and entertainment provided by the pupils.  As a lasting memory of this anniversary every pupil was given three plates, two dishes and a spoon – quite a change as they usually eat with their fingers!

The new toilet block is in use and has proved to be very successful.  A lady from the community is employed to supervise and clean it.  More floors have been tiled, gutters cleaned, the pump maintained and lots of painting done.  New audio-visual equipment has been installed with TV, radio, projector and a large screen.  A deaf/mute young man from the community has been employed as school caretaker and security guard.  He can be seen after dark patrolling with torch in one hand and machete in the other – quite a force to be reckoned with!

In addition to the 10th anniversary T-shirt, worn out uniforms were replaced and other clothing distributed to the needy.  The contraception programme is proving to be very successful so more girls are continuing their secondary education.  Provision of sanitary ware is also proving popular.

The Sierra Leone government has been so impressed with the work done by the David School in the last ten years that they are considering approving it as a government school.  This would mean they will pay for qualified teachers’ salaries, exam fees and books and equipment for primary pupils.  The school will continue to be independent and education free for pupils.

This is a truly inspiring example of a highly successful and sustainable Rotary project initiated and meticulously maintained by a local Rotarian.  The David School provides education, employment and general well-being for people living in one of the poorest areas of the world.  Well done David.

Good News From David

I am pleased to report that the Ministry of Education in Sierra Leone has agreed in principle to recognise the school.
This approval has been achieved after several years of effort, a clear demonstration of improving standards and provision of facilities second to none.
Tremendous thanks to all of you for your support and commitment.
Staff have now submitted their certificates to the Ministry and will be placed on the national pay-scales and paid directly by the government, a great saving for the charity, freeing monies for other crucial developments at the school. The school will remain independent and free to pupils, yet receive this additional financial and some educational support.
We will be in Sierra Leone soon to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the school. Newsletter in early November on our return.
More information will gradually become available and I will keep you informed.
Much has been achieved and the Trustees look forward to your continuing support in providing life chances for our disadvantaged young people, many of whom are orphans.

Thank you again.

David

Spoon Collection

Ramsey Junior school children collected spoons to be sent out to Sierra Leone.  All our children will have a spoon rather than eating with their hands.  Spoons currently on the ocean and will be distributed in October.

The photograph shows David Wallwork accepting the spoons from the school children.

2018 AGM Presentation

David proposed a vote of thanks, and presented flowers to Maureen McKenna who has decided to stand down as a charity Trustee after nine years service. In fact one of the original three Trustees.

Maureen has visited the school on several occasions and was able to recall some very amusing anecdotes about her time in Sierra Leone.

Many thanks from everyone and best wishes to Maureen.