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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

More than a decade after their brutal civil war ended, Sierra Leone has moved forward and is making some progress. There is certainly a commitment from the Government to improve the education system.

However, progress is patchy. The country is struggling with a situation in which the war wrecked political, social and economic systems. 1,270 primary schools were destroyed. Hundreds of thousands of children still aren’t able to go to school, setting them along a path of entrenched poverty, illiteracy, and unfulfilled potential.

Children in Crisis are running projects to deliver primary school education to the most vulnerable, neglected children in Sierra Leone, those who are not reached by Government or other NGOs. We are working to ensure that those who might otherwise be discriminated against because of poverty, geography, gender or disability are given that life-changing chance of a primary school education.

Project
Children in Crisis and our local partners WESOFOD have built the Residential Rehabilitation Centre (RRC) to provide a safe, secure and loving home environment for children in rural Sierra Leone who have been abandoned because of their disabilities. The home's electricity and plumbing, ensures that the children can do their homework in the evening (they attend local schools) and removes a... Read more
Project
Photo above: Sahid with his friends in Kambia, Sierra Leone. Central to all of Children in Crisis’ work is a commitment to identifying and help the most vulnerable, those who are being ignored, discriminated against or forgotten. We are concerned about the situation faced by disabled children in Sierra Leone, especially those in poor rural areas. It is this concern that led to our... Read more
Project
Working in close partnership with neglected rural communities and alongside our local partner NGOs, we are helping to secure better futures for Sierra Leone’s orphaned and vulnerable children. Those young people who have been left in the wake of the devastating Ebola outbreak.  By interviewing both children and adult community members after the worst period of the Ebola outbreak... Read more
Case Study
It was delightful to see Tenneh simply being a child Tenneh was abandoned by her parents aged only 5 years old. She was picked up by a very distant relative and made to beg to earn her and her relative’s keep. Like many other disabled children her patch was the filling station at Bamoi Luma, home to a huge weekend market. Tenneh has a glorious smile. “At school” she says “... Read more
Case Study
I could not believe that it was the same boy as I watched him being pushed by his friend towards the classrooms. People know Thokola.  He was trouble on the streets. The best pitch for begging is at the petrol station, and Thokola fought fiercely for his position. Thokola means ‘grabber’, and to have your stuff or legs grabbed by the dirt caked force of nature that is Thokola,... Read more
Case Study
My name is Joseph A. Kamara and I am a Project Officer for FAWE Sierra Leone. We work in partnership with Children in Crisis. This is my story. Growing up in Sierra Leone I was born in Sierra Leone in a village called Masoila Lungi. I have both happy and sad memories of growing up in Sierra Leone. I grew up with the support of an extended family who taught me basic morals and encouraged me in my... Read more