Overseas Projects

Welcome to our Overseas Projects page! Please scroll down or use the buttons below to find information on our development endeavors. Donations can be made by clicking the button to the right, by card via telephone, or by sending us a cheque payable to The Victoria League along with this form.

red project borneo

The Victoria League is excited to announce that the Trustees have recently approved the sponsorship of a student-led development project from the League’s Overseas Project Fund.

Rural Education Development (RED) Project Borneo is an initiative under the Imperial College Union (Charity Number: 1151241) that aims to promote sustainable development amongst impoverished, marginalised, and rural communities in the Malaysian state of Sabah, on the three-country island of Borneo.

The primary means for accomplishing this objective is to construct education centres that provide village pre-school and kindergarten teachers with the infrastructure required to operate their schools.

After completing a feasibility study in 2015 alongside partnering with a local charity to help foster project sustainability, RED sent fourteen students in 2016 to construct an education centre over a six-week period in the summer. The project has been a great success, and RED is currently fundraising for a second trip to Borneo this year to continue its construction of educational facilities.

As part of our sponsorship, the Victoria League will contribute £3,500 from our Overseas Project Fund to RED’s mission and total fundraising goal of £13,000.

Any amount that our members might be generous enough to donate will be deposited into the Fund. As with our membership payment options, you can post a cheque made payable to The Victoria League or phone us and make a donation by card via telephone. Alternatively, online donations can be made through the MyDonate button at the top of this page. Funds raised in excess of our £3,500 pledge will be kept for further overseas projects at the discretion of the Trustees.

Of course, do not hesitate to contact us should you desire additional information. This project is particularly close to the Victoria League, as one of our very own residents in Student House, Arthur Mun, is Vice Chair of RED!

For additional information, please see: www.redprojectborneo.com

To download a pamphlet, please click here.

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Queen's jubilee project

 

Project background

Although education is widely recognised as being important to improve prospects for the future, a requirement that pupils need to be dressed in school uniform will often make it prohibitive for children from the poorest families to attend school, perpetuating the poverty cycle.

There was no permanent secondary school in the chiefdom, so pupils had to make an hour and a half journey each way, to attend the nearest school in the regional capital of Bo. This is completely impractical for most children on grounds of distance and cost. The construction of this school was crucial to ensure that the children of the area do not drop out of school after primary education.

Futa is the central village in Pejeh Chiefdom, Pujehun District, located on a junction of main roads through the region. It is also an important local government and administration centre, being the residence of the Paramount Chief of Pejeh chiefdom. It has a population of approximately 1200, so is also one of the largest villages of the region, making it ideally suited as the location for a new secondary school.

 

Since its inception, The Victoria League has had a history of raising funds for practical solutions.  In the year of the Queen's Jubilee, we undertook a project to fund the construction of a secondary school in Sierra Leone.  Construction of a Community Secondary School in Futa Village, Pejeh Chiefdom, Pujehun District, Sierra Leone.

Some classes were being held on a part-time basis in a temporary structure in Futa village, to encourage the older children to stay in education, but this has almost no facilities, and is not weatherproof for use in the rainy season.

The project

To construct a permanent secondary school, similar in design to the school previously built in Gbongay village (funded by McGrath Charitable Trust) with three classrooms, but substantially larger rooms to accommodate the number of pupils that would attend the school from all the villages of the chiefdom.

The design also has a separate storeroom for books and equipment, a head teacher’s office and storeroom, and a kitchen to provide a midday meal for the pupils. The budget also includes a concrete apron around the outside of the building with drainage channels, as we have found this to be necessary because of the intense rainfall the area receives.

Hygiene and water

Along with the construction of ecosan toilets and the provision of clean water, training will be given in the importance of sanitation and hygiene to prevent illness. Currently diarrhoea kills more children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined and 50% of all hospital beds worldwide are occupied by people with preventable intestinal illness. Without effective sanitation, clean water and good hygiene, children will be sick and unable to get a full education.

As the new school is located on the edge of the village, a well will be needed on site to provide water for drinking and washing. This will be a drilled borehole, capped and sealed with a concrete run-off area, and fitted with a locally manufactured rope-pump.

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Senior Secondary School

 

Commencing in 2015, The Victoria League began raising funds for the building of a Senior Secondary School on the same site in Futa Village.

The building of the extension means that for the first time in the Chiefdom, a young person could attend a local school right up to university entrance age. Who knows, maybe one day one of the young people who studied at the school will continue their studies in London and stay at Student House!

Update from Louise Kirby-Garton of Wherever the Need:

"The futa new school will be finished by the third week of February and it will be ready for use by the first week of March.

The school will accommodate 120 new pupils. There will be 40 per class.

The teachers are volunteers as they are not appointed like other public schools as yet. There are 8 teachers in the old building (The Queen Elizabeth II Secondary School - completed in 2012). There will be 6 new teachers for this building."

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