Guinea is a significant source of the world’s major minerals
including gold, diamonds, iron ore and bauxite, but the country’s poor
infrastructure and political uncertainty prevents it from developing its
economic potential from these and other natural resources.
Located in western Africa on the North Atlantic Ocean between
Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone, Guinea is smaller than the state of Oregon and
suffers from environmentally damaged mining regions, preventable diseases and a
lack of safe water.
ChildFund has served children in Guinea since 2005.
Many children in Guinea are not in school, and for younger
children, there is often no foundation for later learning. Our Early Childhood
Development (ECD) programs include building ECD centers and supplying them with
materials and tools used to train families about child protection and healthy
Thousands of children have attended our ECD centers, and we have
educated families in more than 530 homes about how to protect their children and
motivate their development.
To enhance the children’s school experience, ChildFund provides school
supplies, support for school governments, access to and training in computers,
and special help for children in particularly difficult situations that might
otherwise disrupt their academic achievement.
ChildFund works to support communities in promoting girls’ rights
and improving the socioeconomic status of young people. Additionally, training in
reproductive health helps them make good decisions as they move into adulthood.
Youth learn sewing, computer skills and other skills to increase their
employability. Furthermore, microcredit opportunities support young people’s
Working with the Ministry of Health, we’ve helped educate young adults on important matters such as information about HIV and AIDS. We have also trained local health workers
and 128 community volunteers on how to educate the community about
disease prevention, proper hygiene, nutritious food preparation and more. We
also work to make health services affordable. Pregnant women and families with
children under 5 receive long-term treated mosquito nets.
To provide access to safe water and sanitation facilities, we
provide water systems and latrines, as well as water treatment kits where