The Alec Russell Education Trust (ARET) SCIO is a grant giving programme that aims to increase educational attainment for children and young adults living in the developing world. Primarily, although not exclusively, ARET will help to fund projects that improve access to education and increase educational attainment within Sierra Leone.The Trust was established in memory of Alec Russell who, through his philanthropic approach, supported many of the children that he encountered on his travels to improve their own futures. In his honour, ARET provides funding to ensure that his commitment to the advancement of education is continued through the generations of his family.
News from Sierra Leone
Not the easiest project to embark on.
Given that ARET is a new charity, a small charity with a very modest income deciding to go ahead with this project was a great leap of faith. The obstacles of inflation, transferring money, difficulties in communication, misunderstanding created many a sleepless night.learn more
Adonkia Community Adult School continues to be a vibrant opportunity in the community. When we visited them in 2018 they had great hopes of developing and moving forward. They wanted to be able to develop the following:
more places made available
opportunity to learn skills such as batik, tailoring, basic mechanics, decorating, wood working etclearn more
by Abdulai Sankoh
Ambassador Alec Russell Education Trust
My visit to Makeni was a remarkable one, ARET is presently supporting a boy by the name of Kemoh who is one of the beneficiaries from Rogbonko Village community. He was enrolled at the UNIMac University Makeni last academic year through the support of ARET . Kemoh had completely lost educational hope because his mother just could not consider letting him drop his work in the fields to study for university entrance exams let alone be able to afford his University fees. But sometimes dreams actually do take shape and happen.learn more