Project information


A long term sustainable way to meet and serve Africa's rural communities' legal needs. LWOB will build schools and train teachers to introduce civics lessons, laws, courts etc. to school children, preparing them to someday service their communities' legal needs as "home grown" parlegals and lawyers

Two years

Charity information: Lawyers Without Borders UK

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  • Need


    Lack of awareness, access to justice or legal service in rural regions throughout Africa and the world. At the same time many communities lack adequate school facilities. Helping to build or improve school facilities in particularly needy regions will anchor the start of the project and build the trust needed to launch and anchor the project in its early days.


    Current programming trains adults in the community to serve as "paralegals". This program will integrate training and awareness of law, legal rights, legal systems, conflict resolution as children in the hopes of training corps of individuals to grow up to step into the role of serving their community's legal needs. It is sustainable, and requires little if any international intervention over the long term.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Build two schools in two different villages.


    » 1) Identify two suitable villages and build or refurbish a school there.
    » Create teaching materials (books etc) and train and assist teachers to teach law oriented lessons at elementary level.

    Success will be measured by creation of two school houses.

  • Impact


    Improving or creating a better learning environment will be measured in surveys and evaluations of children's accomplishments, measured against base line data collected at the start of the project.


    Conflict or extreme weather related events. The villages selected will be low-risk both politically and geographically.


    quarterly with narrative reports and submissions that will include results from collected data, photos reflecting construction progress, reports of hours donated by lawyers and providing examples of teaching materials created.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £69,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £28,000 Building Constructing two 1-2 room school houses
      £20,000 Books Printing illustrated books
      £11,000 Supplies School supplies for children and classes
      £10,000 Direct Costs Other direct costs incurred
  • Background


    Rural villages in Africa. Currently considering locations in Ghana and Kenya.


    General population of rural areas.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The project depends upon individuals who are able to master the legal issues and rights applicable to each region, translate it into clear simple terms, commit to serving the project at no cost (pro bono lawyers) and able to teach the necessary skills. Rights based issues, laws, legal awareness and access to justice should be taught by lawyers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Law Firm Partners

    Partners and lawyers from some of the world's best law firms who will devote time and energy to the project, at no cost to it.

    Lawyers Without Borders Staff

    Familiar with similar type projects and managing the pro bono components and comfortable working in Africa region.

    Local In-Country Lawyers Trained By LWOB

    Lawyers trained by LWOB will be encouraged to join us in this project and become examples to the young children in the subject schools.