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Project information


The Ivor Leigh Memorial School in Kaningo has about 300 students, but the building is made of corrugated iron and tarpaulin and is unusable in the rainy season. We want to build a permanent structure with proper classrooms and a kitchen to provide the kids with food during the school day.

January 2010 - April 2011

Charity information: CESO

  • Need


    The people of Kaningo are trying to rebuild their community after the ravages of the civil war. The existing school building is a temporary structure of plastic sheeting, woven panels and corrugated iron which is unusable during the rainy season, and has no security, so nothing can be left there overnight. Also, a lot of the kids attending the school, many of whom are orphans, have no food at all during their school day.


    Our project aims to build a permanent structure for the school, including a kitchen, which will also be used as a community centre, providing space for initiatives such as adult literacy classes, adult education, vocational training and craft workshops. The centre will also be used for clinic sessions for vaccination programmes, as an information and communications centre and for local events such as a savings club.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build a permanent structure for the Ivor Leigh Memorial School, Kaningo, Sierra Leone


    » A group of volunteer architects will work with the local community in Sierra Leone to draw up the plans, source the materials and build the structure.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...creation of a permanent school building which is usable all year round by the kids, and can also be used for other community events.

    Aim 2

    To create a Food Programme for the school, providing a meal for the children during the day.


    » Set up a smallholding with a piggery, chickens and allotment so that the community can provide food for the school.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...the school becoming self sufficient and being able to provide a meal for each child on a daily basis from its own produce.

  • Impact


    The children will have a better education if they are able to be taught all year round in a stable environment. The health of the children will improve if they are able to eat a nutritious meal during the day, and this will also assist in their concentration. This should be demonstrated not only in their exam results, but in the progression of the community over the coming years.
    Additionally, the community wil benefit long-term from having a building that can be used for gatherings and events.


    The creation of the building has to take place outside the rainy season. This has been planned with the architects.


    We already have a quarterly newsletter which we send to our supporters. We will add any new donors to our supporters' list.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 School Building To build a permanent structure and set up a smallholding

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Water Aid £10,000 Guaranteed
    Elsevier £4,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The school will be built in the Kaningo area of Sierra Leone, West Africa. This is an area to which many people fled during the civil war, when an estimated 4.5 million people were displaced.


    There are 300 plus children now attending the school, but this project will also benefit the whole Kaningo community. The people of Kaningo are desperately trying to rebuild their lives after the ravages of the civil war in Sierra Leone, where an estimated 50,000 people were killed and thousands of children were displaced or orphaned. This project will help them to become self sufficient and to start living their lives with dignity and without dependence.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The director of our charity is Rita Edmond, originally from Sierra Leone, but now living in London. Her brother, Ivor Leigh, who remained in Sierra Leone, initially set up the project, but died in 2008, and Rita has continued his work remotely. She has a bond with the community there, is familiar with the area and understands all of their needs. Rita has built a support team both in London and Sierra Leone to help with the project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rita Edmond

    Co-ordination and communication of requirements between the Kaningo community and the architects / builders.

    Bo Tang / Shamoon Patwani

    These are volunteer architects from the London Metropolitan University, who will draft plans and work with the local builders in Sierra Leone.