Project information

Ivor Leigh Memorial School Ebola Crisis

To help to prevent the spread of Ebola in the Kaningo area, through provision of cleaning and disinfectant supplies and funding of meetings to educate the community and promote behavioural change. The teachers in the school will be involved in the health education element.

This depends on how long it takes to overcome the Ebola crisis.

Charity information


  • Need


    CESO set up the Ivor Leigh Memorial School in 2006 and it provides a much needed basic education to 250+ primary aged children. The school has had to be closed temporarily due to the Ebola virus which is sweeping Sierra Leone. The community is impoverished and cannot afford to buy the supplies required to practise safe hygiene, resulting in a much higher risk of the virus spreading.


    The project will provide the supplies required to disinfect public toilets, provide soap and water in all public places and fund meetings to educate the community and promote behavioural change. This should help to contain the spread of the virus. It will also support the retention of teachers and the development of health education materials which will benefit the school when the crisis is over.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Educate the community about the Ebola virus and promote behavioural change


    » Provide funding for transport, refreshments and documentation for the meetings. CESO’s Director in Kaningo will run the meetings.

    The community will be educated on safe hygiene practices

    Aim 2

    Provide supplies of cleaning products and disinfectant to the Kaningo community


    » Send the required funding to Kaningo for them to purchase cleaning products and disinfectant supplies locally

    The community will practise safe hygiene and the spread of Ebola will be contained

    Aim 3

    Engage teachers in the health education programme and provide crisis payments for the teachers


    » Send the required funding to Kaningo to provide crisis payments to retain the teachers and use them to support the health education programme

    Teachers are retained and the school is able to reopen after the crisis is over, with staff well placed to promote safe hygiene practice in classes.

  • Impact


    The Kaningo community will have been educated in the importance of practising safe hygiene, which should improve the health of the residents and school children in the future. The Ivor Leigh Memorial School will be able to reopen with the required number of teachers once the Ebola crisis is over, continuing to provide the much needed education in the area.


    Nobody knows how quickly Ebola will spread in the area so there is a risk that we will be unable to contain the spread of virus, but the only way we can hope to contain it is by taking these measures. There is a risk that the school will be unable to reopen in the spring, in which case we will have to raise more funds to retain the teachers or stand some of them down.


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Safe hygiene Cleaning products and processes
      £700 Health education Meetings, information and learning materials
      £2,000 Teacher retention Teachers’ emergency payments
  • Background


    Kaningo is an isolated community in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The country is slowly recovering from the long civil war. The 2013 Human Development Index ranks Sierra Leone as 180 out of 187 countries. The Adult Literacy rate is only 43%. (Source UNICEF Dec 2013). Kaningo has little local infrastructure and is remote, hilly and has only pot holed tracks for access. The Ebola virus has now hit the area resulting in a number of deaths.


    The whole Kaningo community will benefit from the education process and provision of supplies to encourage safe hygiene, as it should help to contain the spread of the Ebola virus and to improve the general health of the community in future. The school children and their parents / carers will benefit by the school reopening once the crisis is over and the school will benefit from the health education resources and training of staff.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    CESO, with the help of London Metropolitan University post-graduate architects, funded and built the school building for the Ivor Leigh Memorial School in this remote area and is running it successfully. We have supported the school for 8 years and understand their requirements because of our close contact with the community there.

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    Ivor Leigh Jnr

    Ivor Leigh Jr, CESO Director and Community Leader, already oversees the school and will manage the meetings and the distribution of supplies.

    Rita Edmond

    Rita Edmond (Ivor Leigh’s aunt) is director of CESO and a Sierra Leonian who is familiar with the challenges there. She will support Ivor from the UK.