Love Sierra Leone is a UK registered charity #1157847, started in July 2014.

You can give online right now    Donate

Or fill in a Standing Order Form and send it to your bank.

Or pay by cheque, making cheques payable to “Love Sierra Leone”. Please post to 25 Davenant Road, Oxford, OX2 8BU.

In either case please fill in a Gift Aid Declaration which adds 25% to your donation.

Our Accounts and Annual Returns are on the About page.

Thank you for your continued support

We began raising money through our church (www.standrewsoxford.org) in 2004. The first project was to build a junior school (St Andrew school at Maima, Kono). The school was used as a church on a Sunday.  Subsequently we have supported both schools and churches in Sierra Leone. In 2014 it was agreed that we should set up the charity “Love Sierra Leone”. The trustees are or were members of St Andrews church and have all visited Sierra Leone.

Our target budget for 2017 is  £18,000 which will maintain the status quo and repeat our endeavours of recent years – but we would like to do more. There is plenty of opportunity and we have direct links with people in Sierra Leone who will make a difference. In this way money goes direct to where it is needed without any overheads or administrative costs.

At present we find we have to use all our income in each calendar year and we would like, but cannot yet afford the luxury of a reserve. That means there is reliance on our regular supporters.

In 2016 we spent just over £30,000:

  • Christian Community Church £15,700
    • Teachers Salaries £7200
    • School Buildings £350
    • Church & Sports Ministries £6900
    • Travel, fees, etc £1250
  • Ahkom School £5,800
    • Teachers salaries £4700
    • Travel, fees, etc £1100
    • NOTE: A new charity Ahkom UK was set up in 2016 to support Ahkom School, support will move from LSL to the new charity
  • RightToRead £8,800
    • Salaries £7700
    • Equipment repairs, oil, petrol, etc £1100

In 2015 we introduced support for Ahkom School and a RightToRead project, both of which brought new donors so our income increased. We also received about £3,000 in back-dated Gift Aid. We collected just over £30,384 in donations and Gift Aid and we spent just over £29,296 broken down approximately as follows:

Christian Community Church £16,900

  • Teachers Salaries £7400
  • School Buildings & Equipment £500
  • Church & Sports Ministries £6000
  • Travel & other expenses £3000 (including online donation fees and bank transfer fees)

Ahkom School and Vocational Centre £7,600

  • Teachers Salaries £6200
  • Travel & other expenses £1400

RightToRead Sierra Leone £4,600

  • Salaries £1000
  • Educational equipment (laptop, projector, speakers, books, etc.) £1700
  •  Teacher training & local publicity £800
  • Vehicle repairs £1100

In 2014, we spent £14,200 approximately broken down as follows:

  • Schools – teachers salaries £7100
  • Schools – buildings and equipment – £1000
  • Church / Sports Ministry – £5500
  • Travel & other expenses £600 (incl £200 for processing online donations)

In 2013, we spent £13,650 approximately broken down as follows:

  • Schools – teachers salaries £6,800
  • Schools – buildings and equipment – £1,100
  • Church / Sports Ministry – £5,250
  • Travel costs – £500

In 2012, we spent £17,260 which is approximately broken down as follows:

  • Schools – teachers salaries £8,800
  • Schools – buildings and equipment – £1,000
  • Church / Sports Ministry – £5,460
  • Koidu Church Building Project – £1,000
  • Travel costs – £1,000

In 2011, we spent £17,500 which is broken down approximately down as follows:

  • Schools – teachers salaries £7,200
  • Schools – buildings and equipment – £2,000
  • Church / Sports Ministry – £6,000
  • Koidu Church Building Project – £1,000
  • Travel costs – £1,300

In 2010, we spent approximately £16,900 which is broken down as follows:

  • Schools – teachers salaries £6,000
  • Schools – buildings and equipment – £2,500
  • Church / Sports Ministry – £6,000
  • Koidu Church Building Project – £1,000
  • Travel costs – £1,400

In 2009, we spent approximately £17,500 which is broken down as follows:

  • Schools – teachers salaries £5,000
  • Schools – buildings and equipment – £2,500
  • Church / Sports Ministry – £5,000
  • Koidu Church Building Project – £2,000
  • Vehicle Repair – £1500
  • Travel costs – £1,500

In 2008, we spent approximately £16,920 which is broken down as follows:

  • Schools – teachers salaries £4,150
  • Schools – buildings and equipment – £2,500
  • Church / Sports Ministry – £4,200
  • Koidu Church Building Project – £3,000
  • Womens’ Project – £570
  • Travel costs – £2,500

In 2007, we spent approximately £17,200 which is broken down as follows:

  • Schools – teachers salaries £5,300
  • Schools – buildings and equipment – £4,000
  • Church / Sports Ministry – £6,200
  • Womens’ Project – £900
  • Travel costs – £800

In 2006, we spent approximately £16,000 which is broken down as follows:

  • Schools – teachers salaries £4,000
  • Schools – buildings and equipment – £2,500
  • Church Ministry – £4,750
  • Bungalow Church re-furbishment – £1,550
  • Sports Ministry – £1,500
  • Travel costs – £1,750

In October 2005, we completed fundraising of just over £9,000 for a 4 wheel drive vehicle that will significantly improve communication between Freetown and Koidu. This was in addition to appproximately £12,000 raised for ongoing schools and ministry work.

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