Head Girl

By |October 27th, 2015

Aminata Sheriff has been voted by the pupils to be head girl supported by Matilda Fofanah and Kadija Turay from class six. They have been sworn in and have given a speech addressing everybody, thank you girls for taking up this responsibility, we wish you luck!

Teacher Training

By |October 27th, 2015

Two teachers attended a training workshop to address the recovery of education after the Ebola outbreak. This included counselling support for children who have lost family members and how to stop stigmatisation among the children. We have recently enrolled several pupils who have been directly affected by Ebola, including one who lost her father to the […]

New School Building to be Completed in January

By |October 27th, 2015

Orkidstudio have committed to returning to Sierra Leone in January 2016 to complete the school building. We are, of course, delighted that at last we will see our own school building completed and can hardly wait to move everybody into it.

Extra Lessons and Back to School

By |October 27th, 2015

Lessons were successfully run throughout July with all pupils attending to catch up on work missed from the previous year, they have been learning material required for their next exams. Well done girls for being so studious in your summer holidays!

The Government have stipulated that December is the end of the school year and pupils will start […]

Kirsty Wood Visit

By |June 22nd, 2015

Kirsty Wood, co – founder of Swawou, travelled out to Kenema last month, here is what she has to say:

“I had last visited in May 2014, when we were just weeks away from completing the construction of our new primary school and were looking forward to pushing ahead with many exciting plans for the […]

May 2015

By |May 27th, 2015

Fortunately, none of the Swawou girls have been directly affected by Ebola.
We have reopened the school in rented premises until our building can be finished and everybody is happy to be back to school at last.


By |May 1st, 2015

Swawou has started a school farm at the site of the new school, planting crops including okra, cassava and potatoes. We also have future plans to introduce livestock (chickens and goats) to the farm. The crops grown will be used for our school lunch programme, providing healthy nutritious lunches for the girls.

April 2015

By |April 27th, 2015

The Variety of Life event and art auction took place in Edinburgh this April. It was a huge success, kindly organised by Alice Nelson.

£1140 was raised for Orkidstudio to help towards the completion of Swawou’s new school building. Thank you Alice!

June 2014 to April 2015

By |March 27th, 2015

It is with great sadness that we must write to let you know that the Ebola crisis meant that the building site had to be closed with the school unfinished and without a roof.
The Sierra Leone Government had to take action and enforce shutdown of all schools in Sierra Leone until the ebola disease […]

Building site

By |May 30th, 2014

The building site is going really well, architecture students from Cardiff have come to help (more…)