Project Good Hope School
  Project Good Hope School

Founded by Ecclesbourne School student Joe McDermott in 2016, this project (originally named "Educate Africa") raises funds for the Good Hope School in Lilongwe, Malawi. Each year, another team takes on the fundraising lead. So far, you have raised £21124 and provided a new classroom, perimeter fence, building repairs, desks and chairs, water well covers, IT equipment, stationery, first aid kits and training, sports equipment, books and globes. 


EVERY DONATED PENNY goes to the school - unlike many charities, any visits or personal costs are met by the organisers!



What is Project Good Hope School? 




An update on the school...

An urgent appeal was sent out in January for donations to help with the impact of a storm and flooding, as one of the school toilet blocks collapsed into the latrine pit below, which fortunately happened at night when no children were present.


Also, some of the other pits are now considered to be unstable and risk further collapse, so will have to be replaced.Until this work is completed, the use of the premises will be restricted but a start on the work is underway, starting with the pit for the septic tank (shown in the photo).


So please keep donations coming in, to donate online, head to the donate section on the website!


Stay tuned for more updates...

An update on the school...
General newsletter August 2020.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [673.2 KB]

Fundraising Targets for 2020

What will your money go towards?

Sports Equipment

Children have limited access to sports equipment which is an integral part of their development. Some of 2019's £4137 will go to support this.


Alex raised funds for better furniture in the school to improve the facilities for the pupils and create a more comfortable environment.


Currently, the toilets are in poor condition and there are no changing facilities available. Roofs will be added to the toilets and changing rooms built.


More fundraising project updates on the way!

Generous online donations 

£545 raised online for 2020-21 so far

Thanks to the generosity of friends and family who have kickstarted our fundraising effort already for 2020-21 by donating online at,/fundraising/educateafrica1

Sweet Stall raises £182

Alongside Comic Relief fundraising, we sold a range a sweets during school and completely sold out!

School Christmas Concert Raffle raised over £200

Along with skillful pieces, the Music Department allowed us to provide Christmas themed hampers as raffle prizes.

Current Team 2020-21

Timmy Crowson



Target: £5000

Timmy has previously done fundraising work for Educate Africa with his brother so will bring a wealth of experience to the team.

Henry Atherton


Target: £5000


 Henry is an aspiring actor and wants to support the drama and art initiatives at the school.

Owen Jennings


Target: £5000


Owen is a keen footballer and is particularly interested in engaging sports participation at the school.





Noah Humphreys


Target: £5000


Noah plays tennis competitively. He is delighted to be part of this fundraising team.

Previous Teams

Frances Cokayne and Joanna Outhwaite

2019 - 2020


Raised: £700

Fundraising for more desks and seating, science resources and repainting the exterior of classrooms

Alex McDermott

2018 - 2019

Raised: £4500

Funded: toilet and changing room block


Alex is also a Member of UK Youth Parliament and leader of the 'Last Straw' Campaign. As well as Educate Africa, he is an outdoor enthusiast, having lead several expeditions.

Aidan Crowson

2017 - 2018

Raised: £6500

Funded: perimeter wall


Aidan is also a keen actor and musician.


Joe McDermott

2016 - 2017

Raised: £9500

Funded: new classrooom


Joe founded Educate Africa in 2016 with Oli Marval. He has since lead the What'SUP project and several overseas research expeditions.

Post Trip Report 2018.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.5 MB]


Radio Derby.mp3
MP3 audio file [12.5 MB]
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