Extra Mile's principal sources of funding are from donations from UK schools, churches and private individuals, some of whom donate regularly through standing order arrangements or on an ad-hoc basis.
Some of our sponsors donate as little as £1 per month and this really helps Extra Mile to sustain its long-term presence in Sierra Leone. One off or regular donations are equally valued.
We receive significant contributions from Extra Mile's past volunteers who choose to support and work with our schools in Sierra Leone, often long after they have completed their programmes.
Extra Mile is an ethical and responsible, British, education charity (1130879) run by UK volunteers working in one of the poorest countries in the world, Sierra Leone, where civil war and epidemics such as Ebola have hindered progress, slowed the development of its education system and blighted the potential of so many of its children.
Extra Mile sends out volunteer teachers to work in partner schools. It opened its own free school in 2016 to help children and adults from the poorest families in one of the poorest areas of the country. Extra Mile provides a teacher-training programme for its own and teachers from local schools and is helping to raise standards of local school management. All the funding raised through your donations is invested directly in local projects in Sierra Leone. It provides local employment to qualified teachers, teaching assistants, caretaking staff and local builders. .
There are no ‘third parties’ involved in the work and no funds go through national or regional agencies. Both the charity and the school are registered with the respective government departments, for example, with the Sierra Leonean Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA/VO/3065). Extra Mile is not giving money, it is helping to build a new generation whose improved educational success will help bring its children out of slavery , encourage them to stay in Sierra Leone, developing better education and healthcare, better governance and providing better skills and raising aspirations within an entire community, both now and in the future.