The John Holmes Educational Trust for Eritrea

Helping Schools in rural Eritrea

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Our Mission

Our Mission

To improve the facilities for both teachers and students in isolated schools.


We organise challenges and events in the UK in order to raise money. We have no overheads so every penny goes to our work in the schools.
Our Impact

Our Impact

Since 2011, we have built a classroom, a rainwater harvester and a library stocked with books and solar-powered computers.


If you would like to donate to our trust you can do so through our JustGiving page.

How We're Different

We fundraise in Leeds by doing sponsored events or charity evenings. We maximise our fundraising through the charity of local businesses such as MyLahore and Yarnbury, who donate their services free of charge and nationally the charitable wing of Santander have match-funded our last 4 events, allowing us to double our totals!

We then go out to Eritrea for one week each year to decide where the money is spent. Trustees and volunteers have to fund their own trips, as we do not pay any expenses of any sort. We meet with village councils and PTA members to decide what is needed and how much it will cost. For our building projects, the villages undertake to provide the labour free of charge while the Trust buys all the materials. Using this model we have provided solar powered computers, built and stocked a library, a solar powered rainwater harvester and a classroom, as well as many smaller projects.

Recent News

Eritrea Visit 2016


Just back from a great Trustees' week in Eritrea. Look at the new classroom in Sharki, complete with desks, teachers and children!!

Donate To The Eritriathlon


Training is well underway for our forthcoming Eritriathlon. We are hoping to raise over £2000 by cycling, swimming and walking over 84 miles in one weekend!If you'd like to take part, please get in touch or you can sponsor us here.

The Very First Eritriathlon


We are starting to plan our next challenge; The Eritriathlon! This will take place on the 18th and 19th June and will comprise of a 50 mile cycle ride followed by a mile swim on the Saturday and then a 27 mile walk on the Sunday! More details to follow soon.....



A HUGE thank you to all the family and friends who came together last weekend to take part in the first Eritriathlon! We cycled, swam and walked more than 84 miles and raised a whopping £4,500 for The John Holmes Educational Trust for Eritrea!!

Progress in Yakem

Yakem Update


Look how the new classroom is Sharki is coming along! Yakem reports that despite chronic shortages of building materials, they are still optimistic that the room will be finished for September.

Yarnbury Fundraiser


We recently did a charity fundraising evening at Yarnbury Rugby Club. It was loads of fun!