Urgent action required for donors using Virgin Money Giving

We have successfully used Virgin Money Giving as our main platform for donations for over ten years. Unfortunately they have decided to end the service as from November 30th 2021. As a charity dependent on the donations we receive from VMG we are worried that the school, the children and staff will suffer if we fail to transfer donations to a new platform.

We have enrolled with JUST GIVING which is a reliable and well known alternative to Virgin Money Giving and we would be extremely grateful  if all our donors currently donating through them will take the necessary action to transfer their donating to JUST GIVING. Please click on the link below to access the donating page for St Joseph’s using the JUST GIVING website.     Many thanks

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Another term draws to a close

Please click on the link to read the July 2021 newsletter with all the latest updates about this inspiring  school for deaf children in Makeni sierra Leone.

July 2021 Newsletter

And if you wish to donate to the school it is very easy using the link below:


Many thanks.

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Easter Greetings Newsletter

We are pleased to be able to send you a special bumper Easter Greetings Newsletter with lots of information and news about the wonderful students and staff at St Joseph’s. The slow steady development of the school and its resources, with the help of our supporters, are changing the lives of numerous students who were once dismissed as uneducable. Please continue to support the school by donating. Thank you.

Please read our newsletter and donate by using the VirginMoney link below.

Easter Greetings 2021


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Christmas newsletter arrives!

We are delighted to be able to post a bumper Christmas newsletter. Please click below.

Christmas Newsletter 2020

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday – what about Giving Tuesday?

Dear Friends

You might not know it, but we recently had Giving Tuesday – a day to give back after the commercial madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

This year, more than ever, it’s a great opportunity to show you care – and if you can, consider a donation to St Joseph’s.

It’s been a really difficult year for everyone. Coronavirus has changed how the world works for everyone – from closing schools for months on end, to preventing travel and forcing people to stay in their homes, unable to earn a living. Inflation has hit hard, and the cost of living is getting higher for everyone in Sierra Leone – the price of rice has increased hugely, for example.

As ever, the staff and pupils have been amazingly resilient. The school reopened in October and the majority of pupils have returned and are studying hard – delighted to return to the school community. But as ever, funds are tight – government support is very limited, and doesn’t cover boarding, food or many of the staff salaries.

Please consider Giving and  showing your support by making a donation – big or small, it will really make a difference, and help keep the school running for the children who rely on it.

Every penny donated goes directly to supporting St Joseph’s – the charity has no staff and is run by volunteers.


With warmest wishes,

Linda Freestone

On behalf of the Trustees

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School Life Resumes

School life resumes!

Latest newsletter now available to read by clicking link above.

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