Help children learn

by Ronel van der Merwe in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Help children learn

Total raised £1,035

raised so far



All children have the right to education. We have funded a library and computer training centre but need a trainer and further resources.

by Ronel van der Merwe in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 4th January 2023 we'd raised £930 with 28 supporters in 69 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

In 2023 we received a donation of computers from London Rangers AFC and books from Kenley Primary school and have now realised our dream to transform a derelict building in Ekpon into a Library and Computer Training Centre. We also installed solar energy to reduce costs and provide uninterrupted power.

The Raphael Akowe Foundation is largely self funded and we are asking for donations that are crucial to continue the work to educate children in this small rural community.  

We need funding to employ a trainer and complete the installation of computers that do not have a mouse, keyboard, cable or the tower casing. Donations of old laptops are welcome too.

Your gift also supports our initiatives as highlighted at the bottom of this page.

No donation is too small as every pound helps to empower a child.


We are delighted to share the event held in Nigeria on 16 Sept 2023 that was made possible because of your generosity and support.

Approx 550 children from 14 primary and secondary schools in the Ekpon and Ewossa communities attended the event. Each school received 45 jumpers, 35 sets of football kit and 5 bicycles that were given to students who came first in their class. Work was provided by repairing the bicycles locally and helping the children maintain them.

Despite it being a rainy day the kids had fun, enjoying refreshments as they sang and performed local dances.

Below are photos of the event; with more photos, videos and information on the following Facebook pages:

Raphael Akowe Foundation and Julian Chenery Wear A Sports Shirt Day

Students enjoying their new bicycles and learning to ride!
Chioma (in the red jumper) and Oziegbe having fun (middle photo)


Students dancing and waiting their turn to show off their skills


Bicycles and goods ready for distribution to the schools


Elders in the community joined the event to pray for the children

What we do and why we do it:

One in every five out-of-school children in the world lives in Nigeria and a key contributor to non attendance in rural areas is poverty.

Raphael has supported children from six primary schools in the Ekpon community since 2014 with books, writing materials and school uniforms to remove barriers to attending school. The uniforms were made locally and provided work for small businesses.

We are collaborating with the Raphael Akowe Foundation, teachers and individuals in the community to identify how we can continue to support the children, the schools and the community.

Project: Bicycles

In 2021 2nd hand bicycles were sent to Ekpon to be repaired locally thereby providing work in the community. These were given to 50 children who did not attend school regularly because of the distance and long walk to school. 


We are very excited to have collected 70 bicycles earlier this year but require help to fund this and other initiatives.

Your donation and kindness make it possible to send the bicycles to Ekpon and improve the lives of children and their community.

Project: Play

We are providing a safe place for children to play by maintaining the elephant grass around the schools as it grows up to 3 meters tall and is a habitat for snakes. 


We are promoting amateur sport and will be developing sports fields and playgrounds at the schools.

Play nourishes a child’s body, mind, and soul. During the magic of play, children connect with their peers and develop their mental and social skills, they take risks, make sense of the world, and regulate their emotions. Play is the only time that children are in control of their lives. They get to create, imagine, and experience joy.   1715805147_screen_shot_2024-05-15_at_21.31.58.png

Julian Chenery from 'Wear a Sports Shirt Day' has been incredibly supportive of our projects by donating football kit and school uniforms that Raphael Akowe collected from Chipstead AFC, Forster Park Primary School as well as other donors. Wear A Sports Shirt Day


Pipeline Projects:

Nurture Nature

  • We have planted and are caring for 600 palm fruit, mango, coconut, orange and avocado trees to provide shade and fruit
  • Developing vegetable gardens that add to the environment, educate children and produce food for lunchtime school meals

Community Hub
Providing a facility where:

  • Schools borrow books to create their own libraries
  • Parents and children read or play with educational toys 
  • Individuals are taught IT literacy
  • Families and the elderly socialise or watch a film

Thank you for helping to provide items and experiences that we often take for granted to this community.

Raphael Akowe, Rachel Elston & Ronel van der Merwe


This project offered rewards

£50 or more

Reward Plant a Tree

We will plant a tree for every £50 pledge. An average orange tree may grow for 20-30 years or longer if it remains healthy. In addition to supporting the Bicycle Project you will make a difference to the community for a long time. Plant more trees by increasing your pledge.

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