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St Joseph's School for the Hearing Impaired, Sierra Leone

St Joseph's School for the Hearing Impaired, Sierra Leone

St Joseph's School for the Hearing Impaired, Sierra Leone

St Joseph's School is one of only two schools for the deaf in Sierra Leone, and the only school to provide boarding facilities for vulnerable hearing impaired pupils, many of whom are rejected by t...


Makeni, Sierra Leone

24 Oct 2013

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Fundraiser and Income Generating Strategist

Exciting oppotunity for a financially skilled volunteer in an inspiring setting!

Makeni, Sierra Leone

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Job Type:
Mid Level
Escape Factors:
Social Impact
Business Development
General Management
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A bit about the setting- Sierra Leone currently suffers a huge image problem, as a result of the recent brutal civil war. Although the country is still economically feeling the impact of the conflict, it is in fact an incredibly safe and beautiful place, with stunning beaches and dense jungle. The school itself is in the capital of the Northern Province, in the Bombali district. 

St Joseph's School requires a full time volunteer to oversee the financial admin and fundraise for the school, with a focus on aquiring running costs. The volunteer will also have the oppotunity to help develop the four small businesses run by the school as part of an income generating strategy, including a Green Farm and Guesthouse.

The school has over 250 pupils, from all over Sierra Leone, and for many pupils is the only chance they have to access education and develop skills which will allow them independence and acceptance into their communities. Many come from the very poorest families, and the school is unique in West Africa in its provision of high quality deaf education.

Hearing Impairment carries huge stigma in Sierra Leone, and the school often takes in children who have been rejected by their communities. Whilst the government (in theory) pays teachers salaries, in practice this rarely happens, and the school recieves no outside support for boarding costs, or feeding pupils.

The school urgently needs help in finding a sustainable source of income to fund institutional costs, and whilst steps have been taken in the form of business creation. creative and dynamic input is required to develop these ideas and start-ups into long term sustainable solutions.

For application instructions click on 'Application Instructions' below.

More info:

A recent article about the work of the schools founder, Sister Mary Sweeney, the only expartiate staff member and the founder of the school, was published in the Irish Times and can be viewed here for a quick preview of the school-

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