2018/19 Summary

I am pleased to report that 2018/19 was even more successful than the previous year in that we despatched even more items to needy schools.

From July 2018 to June 2019, we sent out 245 [178] boxes (mainly banana boxes) to 23 [18] schools in 8 [9] countries – Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, so we were dispatching items to about 2 schools per month. [Comparable figures from last year are shown in square brackets]. To achieve this, to some extent, we were using up existing stock which had built up in the hiatus before the LabAid Foundation was fully operational. 

However, the number of schools donating redundant equipment to LabAid dropped to about 35 [50] and we have the impression that the quantity per school has also dropped. The reasons are not difficult to find. The Government’s academy programme is largely complete, so little new building is taking place. The consolidation of FE colleges onto fewer sites is also largely finished so there are now few site clearances. Finally, as far as the maintained sector is concerned, austerity has been biting for several years and schools simply cannot afford to replace equipment.

Overseas Shipments News

LabAid received this feedback in May 2019 to say thank you very much.