Having visited Guinea Bissau a few times and worked with groups of teachers around the country, we are now in a position to understand what people need most. We are working with trusted people in Bissau and the regions and we have decided we need to help with 4 areas:

  1. Micro-credit loans of around £200 each to selected people, mostly women, to start or expand a small business

  2. Emergency fund for health issues / weather-related destruction

  3. Help with basics eg. digging and improving wells, toilets, solar panels for electricity

  4. Support for education projects


We want to help people in Guinea Bissau, one of the poorest countries in the world

A few figures:

  • Life expectancy – 58 (men) / 61 (women)

  • Adult literacy rate – 45.6 (62.16% for men and 30.77% for women)

  • Average salary for a secondary school teacher - £130 / month

  • Prevalence of FGM in women aged 15–49 - 44.9%

  • Child marriage – 24%

  • Gross national income per capita - £962

  • 30kg of rice – feeds family of 4 for 2 weeks - £15

  • Number of reported cases of malaria per year – 142,309

  • Number of deaths from malaria per year – 477

                                                                          (from WHO / BBC websites)



£70 for pre-school for one child for a year


£200 to help women build small businesses


£170 to repair a well to access clean water

About us

Matt Palmer

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Matt has worked in IT for over 30 years and for the last 10 has been running his own successful IT consultancy business in London. He has taken part in a number of high profile environmental campaigns at both a national and local level and in recent years has completed two non-stop 100km walks to raise money for charity. 

Linda Ruas

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Linda has taught and trained teachers for over 35 years in the UK, Brazil and Japan. She has presented at many conferences in Europe, Pakistan and Africa, mainly about global issues in teaching from her Easier English wiki New Internationalist. She has also trained teachers in refugee camps, written diverse teaching materials, and, since 2018, been working with many teachers in West Africa, especially Guinea Bissau, remotely and in person.

Bacar Djau

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Bacar has a degree in English and is an English teacher. He lives in a village away from the capital, Bissau, and has been working with the community there to help solve various problems with water access, sanitation and traditional agriculture.

Ali Djau

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Ali has degrees in both English and Environmental Management. He works as a teacher and part-time translator, runs the English Language Teaching Association and several other cooperatives and groups. He has many years' experience working with agriculture and the environment in his village and in Bissau.

Michelle Ruas

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Michelle has a Masters in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and has taught programming in England, Scotland and Australia. She works as a software engineer, has volunteered in Sao Tome e Principe and has previously run 2 marathons to fundraise for charity. 

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