Each school we support; every literacy programme we set up; all the reading clubs we endorse; and every librarian or assistant we champion, have undergone a rigorous assessment process by our partners on the ground. This assessment, coupled with a monitoring and evaluation procedure that continues throughout the relationship, enables School Aid to demonstrate the impact and effectiveness its work has on the children it supports.

Not every school or library would automatically benefit from the type of support we provide, which is why the selection process is so important. We have made a difference to many African children:

Measuring the precise impact of School Aid’s resources is a challenge, but feedback in January 2016 from the ESIIMI schools, which benefited from our resources in 2013, is immensely gratifying. Results from their first national exams, at Standard Four (mid primary), saw their students gain 100% at grade A in English, which contributed to their ranking of third among 102 primary schools in Missenyi district, 23 out of more than 900 in the Kagera region, and in the top 2% of schools throughout Tanzania – an impressive 181 out of 16,650.

Professor Wen Kilama, who established the schools in 2012, acknowledged that ‘the School Aid donation [in 2013] contributed immensely to the good results’. He now envisages starting a secondary school for pupils on completion of their primary education, after Standard Seven.

The library books are much appreciated by our children and have helped them greatly in improving their interest, in understanding of, and knowledge vocabulary in English. The teachers have also found the materials you have sent us to be of great help in planning and providing resource material for their courses.

Sr Maria Goretti Khasoane, Principal, St John the Baptist Primary School, Maseru, Lesotho

Since I started reading with other students in the library, my vocabulary has improved.

Student at Moyeni High School, Lesotho

Our teachers were delighted to receive these books and have already began plans of re-establishing our school library.

Student at Qacha's Nek High School, Lesotho

Word is that most schools who did not have a library before are now feeling compelled to start one.

R Dally

Never in a million years did I ever think I would see equipment like this and even more so with us being such a rural school.

Teacher, Bunny Xhosa Secondary School, South Africa

Vuleka School is once again overwhelmed by the generosity of School Aid....Thank You for stretching a helping hand from the UK! We are always happy to add books to our libraries. On behalf of...all the Vuleka children, we say "THANK YOU SCHOOL AID".

Marlene Neaves, Deputy Head, Jellico Vuleka