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.
David Wallwork has arranged to have our Charity Annual Meeting/ Get Together on Wednesday 2 May at Ramsey Golf Club 7.00 for 7.30 pm.
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The photographs below show:
Building of septic tank: Foundation for container
and Classes 3 – 4 having lessons outside during our week.
David and his team are now in Sierra Leone. Work has started on building the toilet block (above). The pictures below show the hole for the septic tank dug by local men.
David was asked along to the Club’s February meeting to talk about the David School and to update members on the changes made since his last visit to the Club. His slide presentation was well received and lots of questions asked afterwards.
Thank you so much for your concern, I have received several messages and thought I should clarify the present situation.
What has happened is terrible but thankfully the school is far enough away from Regent not to have been involved.
I have spoken directly with Alfred and other key people there and am pleased to report that all are safe.
It is school holiday and so children go to stay with relatives all over the country.
We won’t hear about them until school re-opens in early September.
On the 26th April, David and his family travelled down to London to attend the Rotary Champion of Change Awards at the House of Lords. The event was hosted by Baroness Harris of Richmond and presented by Lord William Hague.
David was one of this year’s twelve recipients to receive this prestigeous award in recognition of his oustanding volunteer work to improve the lives of others. His local Rotary Club of Ramsey nominated him in the International category with the following suporting statement:
David became aware of the dire conditions in Sierra Leone on a trip there in 2005. It became his aim to provide high quality, free education for the Temne tribe in a rural area of the country, where residents speak their own language and are unable to read or write.
What followed in 2008 was what the locals called ‘The David School’. Since then, the project has seen the opening of a refurbished primary school and newly built secondary school and living accommodation for staff. The site teaches around 360 pupils during the day and offers adult education programmes in the evenings.
The picture shows David receiving his award from Lord Hague alongside Eve Conway of the Rotary Club of Redbridge, President of RIBI for Rotary year 2016/17