Welcome To The David School, Sierra Leone Website

As many of you will know, a tragic civil war took place in Sierra Leone between 1992 and 2002 which resulted in an estimated 50,000 people killed with many more seriously maimed and injured. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes in the countryside to relative safety in the capital city of Freetown.

Unfortunately, and as a direct consequence, Freetown is now massively overcrowded with many people existing in squalid conditions. Today, Sierra Leone is the lowest ranked country on the United Nations’ Human Development Index, and seventh lowest on the Human Poverty Index. Government policy is to encourage people to move back to the rural areas, such as the location of David’s school, 36 miles from Freetown and as such known as Mile 36.
During the Civil War, many communities were razed to the ground by the warring factions resulting in the complete absence of education in many areas, including at Mile 36. The availability of the David School will have a transformational impact on the community as a whole, providing both academic learning and practical skills training. The school is now also open in the evenings in order to enable the adult population to benefit as well as the children.

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David’s Story

On a visit to Freetown in 2005, as part of a group working to extend a Fistula Clinic operated by Mercy Ships in an area known as Aberdeen, I became aware of the physical and emotional problems associated with life in this poverty-stricken and war-ravaged country.

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At the David School trust we try and think of as many ways as possible to bring value and continued development to the people of Mile 36 and The David School. At present, there are two main ways in which we do this: physical collection of goods donated which we tend to ship in bulk to Sierra Leone at set intervals throughout the year; and our newly launched Child Sponsorship programme.
The pages within this section will provide you with more information as required.


Sponsor a Child

Child Sponsorship costs £5 per month payable by Standing Order
Please click here to downloadable the necessary forms.

Can also be made through the free online donation service (click on logo)

Do you shop online? Do it through easyfundraising.org.uk and raise a free donation for The David School Trust every time you shop! https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/thedavidschooltrust/

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Our Progress


The David School Trust is a small UK based charity with very low administrative/ running costs, which aims, with its motto Education Changes Lives, to provide education and thus better life opportunities for children in Mile 36, Koya Chiefdom, Sierra Leone. This is a very rural area of the country, which had had no education prior to September 2008 when The David School Trust opened the first part of a primary school.
The Trust’s details, including Annual Trustee’s Reports and Accounts can be viewed via The Charity Commission website: www.charitycommission.gov.uk

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