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.


Fundraise AsYou Shop

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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.


Thames Towpath Walk

Please Can You Help?

In June 2019, two supporters of the David School are walking 50 miles along the River Thames Towpath from Windsor to the Tower of London.

Andrew Williamson (one of David Wallwork’s ex-pupils) and his son, Nathan, who is a pupil at King Edward’s School, Witley, are undertaking this walk to raise money for two charities – the David School and the Bridewell Foundation, which provides bursary funding for disadvantaged children to benefit from a place at King Edward’s.

On Saturday 22nd June, Andrew and Nathan will be joined by David along with a group of David School Trustees and volunteers on a 7 mile circular walk from Westminster to the Tower of London, crossing 8 London bridges on the way. Andrew and Nathan are looking forward to having some company and some different people to talk to.

The money raised for the David School will be used towards building a hostel for homeless pupils at the school. As the economic situation deteriorates in Sierra Leone, more and more of our pupils are without family to feed and look after them.

Can you please support everyone’s efforts?    As Andrew says, “Without your support this will simply be a father and son embarking on a 50 mile walk along a river. A nice thing to do but we want to achieve rather more than that and with your help we can! “

To contribute, please donate by via Virgin Money Giving. This is an online donation service. Press here for link.

Thank you very much from everyone who will benefit from your kind donations. Everything is much appreciated!

The David School Trust               Charity Number 1129314            

Appeal for Long Lasting Soccer Balls

David’s son in law has started another appeal for footballs.The link is:  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!