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Sierra Leone

Decimated by 11 years of civil war, Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world.

We're seeking solutions to the challenges faced by children and their families through our development and humanitarian work, focusing on health, education, child protection and children’s rights. 

Our health work aims to strengthen district health systems and improve the quality of maternal, newborn and child health services. Within our education programme, we’re focusing on quality education, emphasising evidence-based approaches and/or direct interventions that will contribute to improved learning outcomes for children. We’re also working with young people to improve vocational education and skills development.

Our child protection programme focuses on strengthening systems for protecting children at national, district and community levels. Thematic priority areas are children without appropriate care, sexual abuse and exploitation of children and harmful traditional practices. We’re strengthening national systems and supporting monitoring of children’s rights through working with the national government and the Child Rights Coalition of Sierra Leone. 

We've also been providing education to 720 of the most marginalised students in rural Sierra Leone. Children aged between 10 and 16 are often deemed too old to be worth investing in. Our Accelerated Education Project has built and rennovated six education centres, trained teachers and provided a curriculum that helped these children read, write and improve their maths, allowing them to access the eduction they're entitled to - giving them the hope of a brighter future. 

Ebola response

During the Ebola crisis we reached almost 4.6 million people, including more than 2 million children, as part of our Ebola response.

We simply couldn't have done this work without your generous support, so thank you.

But we're not finished yet. We're doing whatever it takes to support those devastated by this epidemic and we're in this for the long haul. We're committed to helping these countries recover for the next three years.

During the Ebola crisis, generous public donations helped us reach almost 4.6 million people across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Our teams trained almost 2000 community health workers to identify early warning signs of Ebola. We provided healthcare centres with washing facilities and protective clothing. And we ran a treatment centre near Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, which increased the country's bed capacity for Ebola patients by a fifth.

We're not finished yet. Our teams are still there, helping communities devastated by this epidemic to recover.

We're making sure orphaned children have somewhere safe to live, providing practical help for families and supporting children's education. And we're in it for the long haul - we're committed to helping these countries recover for the next three years.

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