Message from a teacher at the school

Dear Trustees,
I have been following the unfortunate events around the Corona virus pandemic with heightened concern. The sheer number of confirmed cases and the dazzling death rate all around you, our loved ones, have compounded my anxiety. Each passing moment, hour and day, deepens my sadness about the grave danger that you have to contend with.

There can be nothing terrifying than to find oneself in a situation like this where one is apparently powerless and having nowhere to run to. The whole WORLD is on lock down in the face of a merciless plague.

In Sierra Leone, as you would have heard, we have recorded a few confirmed cases and in addition to several other measures, the government has ordered a lock down starting this Sunday.

At this very difficult moment, dear Trustees and friends of The David School, as the world continues to collectively fight off this anathema, I stand in solidarity with all of you in UK and Norway in prayers for God’s guidance, protection and grace over you and your loved ones.
Please continue to do everything to stay safe and may God save us all.

With Love.
Foday Sahid Kanu
Mathematics teacher at The David School, Mile 36.

Coronavirus Epidemic

David School Update March 2020

The Corona virus epidemic is changing many aspects of our lives here in the UK and also causing increasing concerns in West Africa.

We heard last weekend that the Government of Sierra Leone had introduced two weeks compulsory quarantine for visitors from the UK. This was followed by the cancellation of flights to Freetown making any visits impossible in the foreseeable future.

Although currently there are no cases of the infection, their Government has decided to close all schools from 31st March as a preventative measure. This is an early start to the normal Easter break.

Teachers are currently insisting on all children washing their hands on arrival at school and taking everyone’s temperature. Lessons learned from the Ebola crisis two years ago. The Charity is supporting their efforts by providing soap, additional guidance and encouragement.

On a more positive note the first food supplies have been delivered to school under the scheme to feed all primary pupils at lunchtime. Training will be given to parent volunteers who will prepare and serve the meals. We hope this will begin as soon as the school re-opens.

Further information here.

 

School is making a difference

ROTARY CORNER THURSDAY 5 MARCH 2020 – An extract from the Peterborough Telegraph – Written by Rotarian Janet Cooke

Rotarian David Wallwork, disturbed by what he saw on a visit to Sierra Leone, persuaded his family he needed to set up a school to help young people gain an education. He could never have envisaged the scale of what he would achieve. With the support of Rotary clubs at home and abroad his successes have been phenomenal. Imagine his pride now some of the youngsters he has helped have graduated from university.

Umaru Jalloh expresses his gratitude in his own words (abridged): “As I sat in the National Stadium in Freetown, dressed in my graduation regalia awaiting the conferment of a Law Degree by the Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone (President of the Republic of Sierra Leone), I reminisced how this came about and how the David School changed the narratives.

After taking my final high school examination, I went to my uncle’s subsistence farm close to Mile 36 to await my result. It was excellent, satisfying university admission requirements. At last, I could follow my dream – to read Law.

This dream was shattered. Law, the most expensive course on campus, was beyond what my parent could provide. I was on the verge of dropping out of school.

In 2014, Mr Fofanah, principal of the David School, came to my house to ask me to teach as a volunteer in his school. I accepted – an opportunity to help humanity. In 2015, proprietor David Wallwork and other trustees visited the school. They offered to help me go through my university education. I was dumbstruck.

In 2016, I was admitted into the University of Sierra Leone to read Law. Reading law was daunting but I remained steadfast and focused on chasing my dream. As I write, thanks to the David School, I hold a Bachelor of Law (with honours) degree.
My story is just one. The school has impacted many lives. Despite meagre funds, it is setting an indelible footprint that shall forever thrive. This charitable school provides free, quality education and other amenities to the people of Mile 36 and beyond. David Wallwork foresaw the need to provide education to vulnerable and less privileged children. I thank David, his wife, daughter and Michael Houlden whose support and advice has been invaluable. I also thank those “unknown” people who have donated resources to the school. They cannot imagine how valuable their support has been.
The fight isn’t over. My ultimate aim to be a lawyer has not been reached. I still have to do a year at the Sierra Leone Law School. It’s short but stringent and needs further support.

The David School is changing the lives of the people in Mile 36. You need not be a millionaire to be a humanitarian. Every act of kindness can greatly influence someone’s life.”

Rotarians making a difference.



Good News

Umaru Jalloh
Abdulai Bangura

I am pleased to report that we now have two teachers with Honours degrees
Umaru Jalloh  Law
Abdulai Bangura  Chemistry

Thank you to Norwegians who have sponsored their education.
A massive step forward for our school.

Regards
David

Fundraise AsYou Shop

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for The David School Trust with easyfundraising?

There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.

All you need to do is:

1. Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/thedavidschooltrust/?utm_campaign=raise-more and join for free or click on the link .

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to The David School Trust at no extra cost to you whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and The David School Trust will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

Donation from Screwball Rally 2019

My story

Give a man an old green Saab and he’ll drive around Europe with his best mate, and probably get into one or two scrapes along the way. Give a young person an education and they’ll lift themselves out of poverty, develop their county and make the world a better place.

We will be giving all donations to the The David School in Sierra Leone, which works tirelessly to educate children in an impoverished rural community. With increased charity based funding the school now opens in the evenings providing education to adults as well as children.

So, please donate to our noble cause and in return we will post some amusing pictures of our journey.    Duncan Harris

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Eight Bridges Walk

Trustees, volunteers, pupils and staff of King Edward’s School , Witley completed the eight miles, eight bridges walk last Saturday.
Currently £1000 has been raised with more promised.
Andrew Williamson and his son Nathan (above), a pupil at the school walked 50 miles from Windsor Castle and we all joined him for the final leg.
A great day was had by all (pictures below).
Thanks to all our supporters.

Regards
David