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
The youngsters at Wilds Lodge, an independent specialist boarding and day school for boys aged between 5 and 18 in Rutland, have filled over 370 shoe boxes with gifts, that is one for every child in the school.
David has collected these from the school, and they will be shipped out to Sierra Leone in the next few days. Our thanks to all the pupils and staff involved.
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Soap for David’s School – Autumn 2016
Club Bought from Morrisons 360
Donated by Morrisons 32
Donated by Aldi 96
Donated by Sainsburys 40
Donated by Liz 18
Donated by Orton Hall Hotel Various small bars
Donated by Deena Various small bars
Donated by Les Various small bars
Donated by Menna 12 Tubes of Toothpaste.
The David School
One A Day
A small group has just returned from the school to announce that we now have 365 pupils, one for every day in the year.
The school has grown massively from 100 pupils in October 2008 to the present total but with it brings a requirement for increased help and support.
Rotary Clubs of Peterborough, Ramsey, Peterborough Minster & Peterborough Ortons provide funding on a regular basis and help in many other ways. For example Peterborough Ortons are currently buying soap to ship out to the school. Peterborough organised a Charity Golf Day at Burghley Park in Stamford to raise funds for the David School and for Shelterbox, another Rotary Charity aimed at helping in disaster areas such as Haiti.
Wilds Lodge School at Empingham are filling shoeboxes with gifts to send out to the school. Chroma Sports & Trophies have embroidered school badges for all the pupils and have provided medals for Sports day.
During the Ebola outbreak and since then, the supply of World Health Organization’s feeding to schools has ceased. This means that a major problem for the pupils is lack of food which leads to subsequent related health problems. Local medical staff report an increasing number of conditions relating to malnutrition. The Charity is currently buying food on an occasional basis to feed all the pupils. The community’s ladies prepare and serve this food
Following David’s talks with the Ministry of Education, it is hoped that a feeding programme will be set up from September 2017, but until then, it is hoped to raise enough money to feed the pupils once or twice a week. If you feel you can help with this please email David on firstname.lastname@example.org
As at October 2016 pupil numbers were:
………………..Boys Girls Total
Class 1 22 22 44
Class 2 15 29 44
Class 3 24 21 45
Class 4 24 13 37
Class 5 21 15 36
Class 6 15 18 33
Total Primary children 239
JSSIa 17 7 24
JSSIb 11 13 24
JSS II 29 16 45
JSSIII 25 8 33
Total Secondary children 126
Overall Total 365
Shipping Trips to Robert Claire & Co Ltd, Belvedere, Kent
Using vans kindly provided by Ramsey Motors
27 June – Desks donated by Alan Burdass, a member of the Rotary Club of March. Now in school and assembled.
22 August – Handicraft and sewing goods collected by Sylvia Abblitt, 50 chairs previously used in Ely Cathedral which were donated by Dale Abblitt.
School materials including uniforms, shoes, books and other clothing.
13 September – Hand sewing machines serviced at no cost by Martin Yates, including one donated by his sister Gwyneth Smythe. Refurbished Computers bought from GreenIT, sets of English and Maths books, football kits, more uniforms and clothing donated by parents of pupils at Alderman Jacobs School, Whittlesey.
20 July- Sylvia Abblitt, a new member of the Rotary Club of Ramsey, hosted an event to collect craft and sewing materials to be sent and uses in Sierra Leone. The intention is to provide goods and training to help some of the women in the villages become more self-sufficient. In addition over £400 was raised.
18 August – Lesley and John O’Reilly, also members of the Rotary Club of Ramsey opened their house to host a fundraising event for local charities. Our Trust is one of these to benefit.
Donations for Food Further information here
To date the charity has received almost £2000 to help to provide a daily school meal for the children. More than half of this was raised by a group of supporters from Stamford who to part in a Rat Race Dirty Weekend event.
This group have kindly raised several thousand pounds for the Charity over a four year period.