Freetown Mudslide and Flooding

We've been called into action by Department of Social Welfare and UNICEF (alongside Don Boscoes and SOS Children's Centre) to get involved with the emergency relief effort ‎following the mudslide and extensive flooding to Freetown. 

There are a huge number of children separated from their families, so the three organisations will work to register them and provide immediate care. We also being asked to provide counselling services.

We are aiming to prepare 50 beds on but do not have the funds to support this many children. We have requested assistance from UNICEF and others, but anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated - please click donate now button for ways to help

All our children and staff are OK, and we are not aware of any children being affected that have previously ‎stayed with us. The hillside above the centre has suffered considerable deforestation and unofficial development recently and as a result a large number of rocks slid down the hill and crashed into our water reservoir. Damage to the reservoir and pipework means we currently have no water supply. ‎It is however repairable and for the moment we will have to buy in bottled water until we can fix it.


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Our work and the Ebola crisis

The St George Foundation gained credibility and particular support from the public during the Ebola crisis which affected Sierra Leone and its surrounding territories in recent years (2014 to 2016).

During that extremely challenging time, the charity was identified as a great example of an organisation that had formulated action plans that worked successfully to prevent cross infection, and as a result these successes were used as case studies for other charities and NGO's to follow as they carried out their own work to fight this horrific disease.

The charity featured in a number of news pieces, one of which appears below. 

The St George Foundation on BBC News at Six, 16 January 2015:

(used with permission)

Our area ‘Western Rural’ was one of the hardest hit places for Ebola cases.

Over 1 in 4 of the nation's orphans are under the care of the St George Foundation.

See more TV and radio media coverage of the St George Foundation's Ebola response.

The St George Foundation DOES NOT receive funds from national campaigns or the UK government for its vital work.

To support each child costs the charity £5/day, which includes the provision of food, shelter, medical care and enrollment at a local school. However, to continue our work we need your help.


or send cheques made payable to the 'St George Foundation' to:

St George Foundation, Haze-Lea, Hill Pound, Swanmore, Hants SO32 2UN (please write 'Ebola Crisis' on the back of the cheque).

Many thanks from all of us at the St George Foundation.

The St George Foundation DOES NOT receive funds from national campaigns or the UK Government to support its vital work transforming children's lives. 
(97% of your donation is spent on the actual project: achieved by very low UK overheads and no paid staff in the UK)


The St George Foundation wins an award from the president for outstanding support during the Ebola Crisis - check out the News page for more info.

August 2017

John Vearncombe is interviewed by Julian Clegg on BBC Radio Solent Breakfast about his participation in the upcoming Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, and why he is calling on members of the public to sponsor each nautical mile of this 40,000 nautical mile global challenge for a £1/nautical mile.





June 2017

We have been busy over the last few months continuing our work to help even more homeless children off the streets of Sierra Leone. However, while we have been working hard in Sierra Leone, we have also been working hard here in the UK.

Over the next few weeks, you will see the launch of our brand new St George Foundation website, as well as an increased number of news pieces and events being publicised via our social media channels Facebook / Twitter

Look out for the news, follow our social media channels, and please continue to support the work we do each day in Sierra Leone to help the hundreds of children left to fend for themselves without the care or love of their immediate family (something we all very much take for granted).

March 2016

We have established a Small Business Initiative where we help families set up their own businesses in order to help support children that have been reunified with them. 

Our pilot intake of 30 families (all affected by Ebola) have now been trained in basic accounting, business skills and we have a range of occupations from growing cassavas to wood & charcoal selling to mechanics. 

We have selected the most vulnerable families, and are keen to extend the scheme wider after the successful pilot. It costs around £50 per family and most often than not will be for families with more than one child. 

To help support our next intake please donate and let us know you want the donation to go towards the Small Business Initiative





John Vearncombe joins Round the World Race: Fundraising for St George Foundation

Swanmore local resident, John Vearncombe is due to sail from Liverpool to start a year long 40,000 nautical mile race around the world with Clipper, and he will be fundraising for the St George Foundation with each mile achieved. 

Members of the public can sponsor each mile for £1, with the total of £40,000 to be donated to the charity to continue its life-saving work for the street children of Sierra Leone. To read more and to sponsor him click below: 

Sponsor John Vearncombe on his 40,000 nautical mile challenge for St George Foundation 

To follow John on his journey through his blog go to John V does Clipper 17/18