Sierra Leone

Our work in Sierra leone

  • Supporting school and children
  • Well building
  • Crops grown for sustaining ministries
  • Ebola aid
  • Discipleship and Bible teaching

Sierra Leone is on the west coast of Africa, bordered by Guinea and Liberia. It was founded in 1787 as a land for freed slaves, and was a British colony until 1961. The capital is Freetown. The official language is English, and there is freedom of religion, with Islam and Christianity the two biggest faiths.

About 7 million people live in Sierra Leone, most in poor rural areas. 43% of them are under 15 years of age. Life expectancy is 57 years and the infant mortality rate is 81.7 deaths for every 1000 live births; the 11th highest in the world. The maternal mortality rate is almost as bad: women have a 1 in 17 chance of dying in childbirth. This is the highest maternal mortality rate in the world.

50% of the population are women. They tend to be less educated than men, and have lower paid jobs, causing financial struggle.

The country is rich in natural resources, including diamonds, gold, titanium, iron ore, cocoa, coffee and fish. However, a vicious civil war from 1990 to 2002 caused the economy to collapse. It slowly picked up again, only to be ravaged by the Ebola outbreak in 2015-2016. The largest outbreak of Ebola the world has ever seen, it killed 3,000 people in Sierra Leone, and made orphans of 12,000 children. Many of these children were left to fend for themselves in the aftermath, and some have been forced into the sex industry to survive.

In August 2017, following torrential rain, many were killed by mudslides in the suburbs of Freetown.

Legally, education in Sierra Leone is compulsory for six years at primary school level (for children aged 6 to 12 years), and for three years at secondary level. However, a shortage of schools and teachers means that school attendance has been impossible to enforce, and many children are unable to go to school. Consequently, 2/3 of the adult population is illiterate.

There is limited access to safe drinking water. Only 32% of the rural population has easy access to this. Many have to travel long distances across harsh land to access water, carrying it back in 20 litre containers. The heavy lifting stunts growth, ruins health and creates joint and spinal problems. Many people, unable to fetch water, or to pay for it, drink surface water, regardless of its safety.

We have a number of projects in Sierra Leone that need support:

  • School needs a roof (approx £8,500)
  • More children need sponsoring
  • Core admin & ministry workers support needed
  • School equipment needed
  • More wells needed

Child sponsorship is an amazing opportunity to transform the life of someone worse off than you.  We often find it also results in a life changing experience for the giver too!  Please complete the form below and we’ll connect you with your sponsored child in Sierra Leone…

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