While visiting Sierra Leone's Paki Masabong Chiefdom in January 2009 to conduct peace education workshops, Hetty van Gurp of Peaceful Schools International, was crowned honourary Chief Nakamah Kawaleh in recognition of the great support she and her family had extended to the people of the chiefdom. After her crowning, Hetty decided to establish the Nakamah Kawaleh Peace Education Fund and since that time the fund has supported schools, students, teachers and communities in many ways (see current report here). Current projects include:
Student Scholarships
$50 will send one girl and one boy to secondary school for one year, supporting rural schools, students and families. $100 pays costs for one senior high students for one year.

Volunteer Teacher Scholarships
$300 sends a volunteer teacher to college for the final year of a three year program, improving their skills and leading to a salary in the future. $800 will cover costs for a three-year program.

Volunteer Teacher and Student
Health Costs

Volunteer teachers provide the backbone of education in rural communities. As few can afford health costs when they fall sick, students often lose school time when teachers are ill or die. $25 contributes to a volunteer teachers' health fund for operations, medicines, etc. when needed.

Classroom Libraries

Collections of delightful West African books with writing prompts and materials enable children to produce their own books in schools that have no or few books. Comes with workshops for teachers on integrating writing and peace education. $50 for 16 books or $100 for 32 books.

Rural Community Library
Bookmobile Visits
$75 provides a month's salary to run a rural community library which provides space, light, and resources for children and adults to learn, study, and connect with the rest of the world. $50 covers local staff and transport costs to bring collections of books to remote rural community schools.
School Starter Kits
A women's sewing cooperative will produce school uniforms for children starting school. The women develop skills and a source of income and families are able to send their children to school. For $50, ten children will receive a "school starter kit".