Helping UniMak

Helping UNIMAK

How you can help the University

The new private University of Makeni is developing steadily despite the difficulties of working in an impoverished environment in one of the least developed countries of the world. (UN Human Development Report 2011).

This admirable progress is due to the drive and energy of the people involved and to the generous help of a wide range of supporters around the world.

Would you, or your organisation, like to be part of this productive, helping network?  Could you:

  • volunteer to come to Makeni and help, either in a teaching capacity or assisting the administration team?
  • make a donation to support the running costs?
  • make a grant  towards teaching staff salaries?
  • make a grant to support expansion of facilities and infrastructure?

In the section below you will see how organisations and individuals are helping in the work of building a civilisation of love.

If this gives you ideas you would like to discuss with us, email us at or go to the Contact page to see other contact details.

Amici Della Sierra Leone, of Parma, Italy raises funds for financing targeted primary works in the field of health, education and agriculture in Sierra Leone. They built the original buildings on the Fatima campus: the Abatti hall, Ivaldo hall, and classrooms, and are helping to fund the construction of a new auditorium. They also fund scholarships for students.

The Saint Lawrence Foundation, a philanthropic non profit organization established by the Zanchi Family in Italy and GSI Global Service International, whose only purpose is to support social, educational, and humanitarian activities in communities worldwide, has funded the construction of three buildings to accommodate poor and deserving students, as well as a Computer Lab, a University Library and further student hostels.

WaterforKids, a small UK charity, set up by Environmental Health Officers, provides safe water, sanitation and health education for children and communities in developing countries. They made a contribution towards the cost of providing a borehole to provide a permanent supply of fresh running water to the Fatima campus.

Volunteer Missionary Movement (VMM), has established long term links with the University, sending volunteers to assist as lecturers and/or support administration staff.

Diocese of Albano, Italy, also made a donation towards the cost of providing a borehole to provide a permanent supply of fresh running water to the Fatima campus. email:

Independent volunteers from US, Canada and Switzerland have visited the University and lectured for periods of one or more semesters.

The Conference of Catholic Bishops in the US provided funds for Prof Patrick Hayes to visit the University, and he in turn arranged the delivery of thousands of text books, journals and reference books for the university library

Cafod, the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales, funds a Mental Health Project which the University runs in coordination with Holy Spirit Hospital, Makeni, covering the whole of the Northern Province.

Makeni Trust Fund, a small UK registered charity, number 1136749, supports the University by sending educational equipment and materials direct from the UK to Makeni.

The Xaverian Missionaries have provided continuous support to the Fatima College throughout its development.

The Italian Bishops Conference has provided regular backing and financial support for development of the university

US Embassy in Sierra Leone, provides valued support to university activities.

Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Ireland, has linked with the University to provide training and advice on planning and development.

Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda, worked closely at the early stages to assist in the  development of degree programmes. 

Missio Germany, the German Catholic Bishops’ Agency for International Mission Work, support the university.

Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, provides support.

Trocaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland, supports activities at the university.

Volunteers from VSO have assisted with administration work.