We work to create a healing and helping hand to transform lives in Sierra Leone


The Dorothy Foundation is a peace foundation. We see ourselves first and foremost as Quakers and, as Quakers, we believe that there is a reflection of God in everyone. We operate without discrimination of any kind. The charity’s main charity objective is to provide grants and donations of equipment and other items to charities and not-for-profit organisations. The gifts are given to organisations working in Sierra Leone to advance health and education, promote religious or racial harmony, relieve unemployment or provide facilities for recreation or other leisure-time occupations. This is in the interests of social welfare. We empower children, youth, and families to effectively navigate through change, raise healthy children, develop strong relationships, and heal from trauma. We offer regular, consistent support to those in need so that the children in our care can develop over time, giving them the chance to create a brighter future.


We are aware of the role Friends have played in the events that led to the founding of Freetown and in working for peace, and we feel closer to their benevolence since Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, our country of choice, was a settlement of freed slaves. The hope then for Freetown was for it to be a ‘Province of Freedom,” but, unfortunately, the hoped-for utopia failed to materialise. The “Province of Freedom” became a failed state and, later, one of the world’s poorest countries.


Sierra Leone was devastated by the civil war - leaving tens of thousands dead and thousands more with limbs amputated. In 2014, it was the epicentre of the deadly Ebola virus epidemic, followed by floods, a landslide that killed many people in 2017, a cholera epidemic in 2019, and we are now dealing with COVID 19 and its lingering impact.


The Dorothy Foundation exists to provide care for orphans, vulnerable children, powerless young men and young women, and broken families. We provide many different types of services to the communities we serve. At the Dorothy Foundation, we take a long-term approach to what we do and go beyond simple involvement in the lives of the children, people and the communities we serve. Our core objectives (according to the law of England and Wales) include advancing such charitable purposes as the organisation's trustees see fit. These are primarily, but not exclusively, by providing grants and donations of equipment and other items to charities and other not-for-profit organisations who are working in Sierra Leone to (a) advance health, (b) advance education, (c) promote religious or racial harmony, (d) relieve unemployment and or (e) provide facilities for recreation or other leisure-time occupations in the interests of social welfare.



Dr. Crowther is a retired British Medical Practitioner. She is a Quaker and was clerk of both New Barnet and Keswick Meetings. Dorothy has also been an elder and overseer in both these meetings. Dorothy was also a trustee and governor for a few years of The Retreat, the Quaker psychiatric hospital in York, when it was still operational. Currently she is a fellow and committee member of the Society of Medical Writers SOMW.  Dorothy is a holder of an   MBChB, Sheffield University Medical School 1965; Diploma in Obstetrics 1966  MRCGP 1975; FRCGP 1985; Diploma Therapeutics 1995.


  • Robert is an experienced community development worker with  experience of issues of community development. He has worked for several years in the Non-Governmental Organisation  sector and has also volunteered for many other roles in Sierra Leone. He holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone with expertise areas in International Relations, Politics of Development and Administration of Development Projects in developing countries. Robert is also a holder of an MBA from the University of Gloucestershire, UK, on the empowerment of women.


Leroy is an experienced conflict resolution practitioner from the West Indies with specialities in Conflict Management, Alternative to Violence measures. Leroy's special interest is on the issue of knife crime and its eradication.


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