In 2019, Matthew and his wife Grace visited his home town of Ogidi in Nigeria with their two foster sons. While they were there, they visited Matthew’s old primary school…

“When we first arrived it was hard to enter. The roof of one of the classrooms had blown off. The classrooms had no ceiling. The windows had been smashed and the building was infested with rats. 

What I saw devasted me. Children were being educated in a space that wasn’t fit to be inhabited and I truly felt we’d let the future generation down. 

This was an amazing, talented and vibrant community that has nurtured artists, lawyers, physicians and entrepreneurs – many now scattered throughout the diaspora. I knew something had to be done. 

My foster son suggested that we launch a crowdfunding campaign when we got back to the UK and that’s exactly what we’ve done…”

Saving St Michael’s