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Educational Awards in Sierra Leone

Our partnership with the University of Sierra Leone began in 1999. An educational fund was set up in 2001 to support school children in the capital, Freetown.

Group of school girls in uniform sitting on steps in Sierra Leone
Group of school children in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Although all children in Sierra Leone are now entitled to a free primary school education, families have to pay fees for secondary education - as well as cover costs for uniforms, books, other equipment and exams.

This means that many families simply can't afford to send their children to secondary school. Fewer than one in five children currently have this opportunity. These educational awards make a real difference.

Awards go directly to families with amounts of up to £40 per student depending on the year of study. Awards are prioritised for children who have completed their primary education in a state-funded school and may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend or complete secondary school.

The fund was registered as Education Awards in Sierra Leone (EASL) with Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in 2010.


We organise fundraising events each year to raise money for EASL.

Follow us on Twitter @EASL_Charity for regular updates.


Donations are welcomed at any time via DonorBox.

Cheques (payable to EASL) can also be sent to:

Rosemary Soper
Archie Cochrane Library,
Llandough Hospital,
CF64 2XX.

If you are not a member of the supporters' mailing list and would like to join, please let us know. We would love to send you news of upcoming events and the students you are supporting.

Get in touch

For more information on EASL, please get in touch.

Rosemary Soper

Cardiff and Vale UHB Librarian

Alison Weightman