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Sierra Leone is located on Africa’s west coast and about the size of South Carolina. The country is still recovering from the brutal 10-year Sierra Leone Civil War that ended in 2002. Tens of thousands of lives were lost, and about one-third of the population of Sierra Leone was displaced. Sierra Leone is also one of several African nations recovering from the effects of the Ebola epidemic. The country is one of the world’s poorest, with more than 70 percent living below the poverty line. Sierra Leone’s maternal and infant mortality rates are among the world’s highest because of malnutrition and lack of access to health care.

ChildFund has served children in Sierra Leone since 1985.

ChildFund Sierra Leone is committed to ensuring that infants are healthy and secure and that they live within a family setting. Our Early Childhood Development centers help young children gain the cognitive, emotional, motor and communication skills necessary to make the leap to primary school. ChildFund supports the centers by providing teaching and learning materials, a feeding program, a monthly stipend to facilitators, furniture and child growth monitoring equipment. During the 2014 Ebola epidemic, when schools shut down in an attempt to contain the virus, legions of young people were drafted into hard labor by their impoverished parents, and many other children were left as orphans. ChildFund was the first organization to open an Interim Care Center for children affected by the disease, to provide a safe place for them to spend their 21-day post-exposure quarantine periods and to help them return to family-based care.

ChildFund supports education in Sierra Leone through life skills programs in schools, at home and in the communities and creates the foundation to build lifelong learning and confidence in children ages 6 to 14. Our programs also support interaction among other children, family and community members to develop social skills. ChildFund ensures quality education for children in Sierra Leone through constructing primary schools and providing teaching and learning materials and child-centered spaces. In an effort to improve access to clean and pure drinking water, ChildFund Sierra Leone implements school and community water-purification projects, raising awareness of personal and healthy hygiene practices and distributing water purification sachets to households to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases.

ChildFund provides skills training for youth to help them understand and express emotions in ways that foster safe and fulfilling relationships. Further, ChildFund’s youth programs enhance social and leadership skills and provide opportunities for the youth population of Sierra Leone to become meaningfully involved, take leadership responsibilities and participate in the betterment of their communities. The Youth Employment Support Project, funded by the World Bank through the Government of Sierra Leone, with a goal of reducing poverty in urban areas, provides skills development and increases social and economic opportunities for youth with low levels of education. We also create business groups and provide them with start-up kits so they can establish enterprises or receive advanced training through various institutions. However, due to the Ebola crisis, training at the five project locations was temporarily suspended.

 

 

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