EASL - Educational Awards in Sierra Leone
There has been a partnership between the University of Sierra Leone and Cardiff University since 1999. An educational fund was instigated in 2001 within Information Services to provide support for school children in the country's capital, Freetown. The fund was registered as EASL with the Charity Commissioners in 2010.
Although all children in Sierra Leone are now entitled to a free primary school education, for a secondary school education families have to pay fees as well as uniform, books, other equipment and exam costs. Many families simply can't afford to send their children to school and less than one in five children currently have this opportunity. These educational awards make a real difference.
Awards go directly to the families with amounts of approximately £35-45 per student depending on the year of study. Awards are prioritised for the secondary education of children who have completed their primary education in a state-funded school and may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend or to complete secondary school.
The Charity Trustees are in the process of changing the donations site to Virgin Money Giving and details will be provided on the web site in the very near future. In the meantime, cheques (payable to EASL) can be sent at any time to Rosemary Soper, Archie Cochrane Library, Llandough Hospital, Penarth, CF64 2XX.
For further information, please contact Rosemary Soper (Soper@cardiff.ac.uk) or Alison Weightman (WeightmanAL@cardiff.ac.uk). Please let us know when you have made a donation since we would love to send you a personal 'thank you' and news of the students you are supporting.
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