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Extra Mile's School Breakfast Club

Poor families send hungry kids, who have sometimes been working since 5am, to school. Extra Mile offers a cup of sweetened tea and a slice of bread with mayonnaise each morning at 7.30am before school begins to give them energy to get them through the lessons of the day. We need help to feed them.

September 2017 - July 2018

Charity information: Extra Mile

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  • Need


    Many of our pupils, ranging from 11 to 15 years of age, arrive at school soon after 6am having fetched water, from some distance, for their family. They are already tired and hungry having had no breakfast at 'home'. We want them to be able to concentrate on their lessons and keep awake, but also so that they do not feel stomach cramp nor feel irritable and unable to concentrate on their work. Ultimately we want them to be successful academically and a good breakfast helps them to achieve this.


    Extra Mile's School Breakfast Club provides our 50 pupils with a basic 'meal' at a time when they need to eat having been working since the early hours of the day and possibly not having been fed from the previous evening as well. Many will fetch water for their family, walking several miles to do so and then sweep their compound or tidy the place where they live. During breakfast club pupils will spend the time chatting with pals and reading books which the school makes available.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide sustenance for some of the poorest children in this highly deprived district of Freetown.


    » Provide breakfast at 7.30am each day before school begins.

    What success will look like

    Achieving a caring, and learning environment out of which outstanding examination results are obtained.

    Aim 2

    To provide a timely focus of arrival for pupils and to energise them for study after their chores.


    » Provide places to sit in comfort and books to read in a supervised environment for pupils to eat their breakfast.

    What success will look like

    By assessing and evaluating pupil punctuality and the quality of attentiveness in lessons.

    Aim 3

    To raise the quality of learning so that all pupils can maximise their academic achievement.


    » By trying to engender a caring environment, both physically and socially, where both pupils and staff can aspire to outstanding success.

    What success will look like

    Provide a daily opportunity for staff/pupil relationships to develop where encouragement and inspiration abound and where examination success is outstanding.

  • Impact


    The school is already a social centre for some of the poorest individuals in the district and as they grow and develop into responsible adults who achieve academic success, so the next generation of youngsters will be equally inspired or even to exceed it. They will become the role models for all in the community and this will help raise the quality of life of all the local residents in years to come.


    The volatile nature of the value of Sierra Leone's currency will need to be monitored constantly. Other funding for our work here will need to be diverted where necessary.


    Extra Mile produces a 'REPORT' for all its donors regularly and this will have a section which updates them on the progress of this project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,716

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      Amount Heading Description
      £158 Tea per year 75 pupils
      £163 Sugar per year 75 pupils
      £182 Dried Milk per year 75 pupils
      £147 Clean water sachets per year 75 pupils
      £832 Bread per year 75 pupils
      £144 Mayonnaise per year 75 pupils
      £90 Plastic crockery replacements 75 pupils
  • Background


    The Extra Mile, Ober-Funkia Community Secondary School is located in the village of Goderich, which is a suburb of the capital city of Sierra Leone, Freetown. This is a particularly deprived area of the western part of the country. The civil war of 1990-2002 and the EBOLA epidemic (2014/15) have dislocated many thousands of families and left many orphans without anyone to care for them. The school provides care, stability and education for the poorest children in this neighbourhood.


    Families whose main sources of income are from their children who work in the stone quarries, on the fishing boats or by selling in the streets, because they cannot afford school fees. These are the ones who will benefit most from the work which the charity in doing in providing a school. Local teachers will also be helped as well as ancillary staff who look after the school and its pupils every day.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Extra Mile has been working in Sierra Leone for almost 10 years, finally opening its school in September 2016 and hopefully opening a community library in 2022. It has recruited almost 60 volunteer teachers from across the world to teach in the schools of Goderich in that time. The village has been helped by Extra Mile in this way as well as by providing teacher training to headteachers and their staff in that time, and is therefore it is uniquely placed to carry out this work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Michael Peter Fielding

    UK Director and Principal of the school

    Moses Probyn Conteh

    Administrative Officer in Sierra Leone

    Mohammed Tarawallie

    Deputy Principal of the school