LLocated in western Africa on the North Atlantic Ocean, Guinea has an abundance of natural resources that could contribute to the economy of Guinea. Guinea is a significant source of the world’s major minerals including gold, diamonds, iron ore and bauxite, but the country’s poor infrastructure prevents it from developing its economic potential from these and other natural resources. Guinea is smaller than the state of Oregon and suffers from environmentally damaged mining regions, preventable diseases and a lack of safe water. Poverty pushes many families to use children in begging in public and worship settings, or in work that prevents them from enjoying their childhoods.
With the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever caused by Ebola in Guinea at the beginning of 2014, a sense of mistrust grew among the population due to the lack of awareness and understanding about how the disease is transmitted. Since the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, ChildFund has implemented rapid and dynamic information sharing and social mobilization through the collaboration of families, community volunteers, traditional leaders, local NGOs, community groups and health and administrative authorities.
ChildFund has served children in Guinea since 2005.
Guinea’s disease problem is an important issue that needs to be addressed. ChildFund Guinea carries out preventive measures against childhood disease in both homes and early childhood development centers. We provide bottles of chlorine together with awareness-raising sessions focusing on hygiene for the effective prevention of waterborne diseases, as well as training in the use of insecticide-treated bed nets to combat malaria. ChildFund trains preschool caregivers for 14 early childhood development centers, focusing on movement, games and stimulation skills, child rights, lesson preparation and understanding of child development. ChildFund Guinea has also initiated court procedures for birth registration for more than 1,000 children.
ChildFund continues its efforts to improve the quality of education in Guinea by concentrating onthe community school system, recruiting teachers, equipping schools and ensuring that children transfer from the early childhood development centers into the primary schools. To enhance children’s school experience, ChildFund is monitoring and raising parents’ awareness about the need to keep children in school or training centers, as well as supporting the establishment and operation of school canteens to help provide supplemental nutrition for students. We also train teachers who deploy to rural schools where we are providing or improving infrastructure in order to give more children access to education in Guinea and improve literacy rates.
ChildFund Guinea and our local partners provide training in computer literacy for the youth population of Guinea in word processing, data processing and Internet use. Because the quality training provided at our township centers has significantly impacted the young people there, we extended the training to two rural communities, with an aim of providing equal access to computers and Internet for the youth living in these villages.