Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, our mission is to improve education in Tonkolili District. We’re working across 118 schools to enhance the quality of learning for students. To improve health, we are working with parents to promote better hygiene practices with their children.

“With the new methods, we actually planted a lot of vegetables and when we harvested them, we had a large amount so that was very helpful. We were able to use the money we made from those crops to become members of the village savings and loan group.”

— Yadema Koroma, Tonkolili

Why Sierra Leone?

Sierra Leone ranks 150 out of 160 countries assessed on the Gender Equality Index

After the Ebola outbreak, resumption of iron ore mining led to a rebound of Sierra Leone’s economy. However, the outlook for 2020 and beyond remains challenging, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies, such as a 2017 mudslide.

We have been working in Sierra Leone since 1996, and are currently in Port Loko, Tonkolili District and in the Freetown/Western Area. Our integrated programming approach aims to tackle all dimensions of poverty, focusing on the overlapping areas of health, education and livelihoods, while maintaining our response to emergencies.

Latest Achievements

  • Health & Nutrition

    We've reached a total of 5,752 Sierra Leoneans with our Treat and Prevent (TAP) Malaria program. In order to combat the virus, TAP improves health services around treatment of malaria and other diseases.

  • Emergency Response

    After a massive fire broke out in Freetown's Kroo Bay coastal community, our emergency team rebuilt 426 houses in two weeks and assisted 1,385 residents with recovery.

  • Education & Health

    We provided 7,088 adolescents with essential training in life skills. This resulted in a significant reduction in teenage pregnancies, and an increase in school attendance.

Our work in Sierra Leone

Over nearly a quarter of a century, our work in Sierra Leone has evolved with the communities we serve. Our programs currently focus on education, gender equality, and maternal and child health.

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