Sierra Leone

Working With Children in Sierra Leone

World Vision was launched in Sierra Leone in 1996 during the civil war and has since transitioned to long-term development. Priority sectors today are health and nutrition, education and life skills, economic development and child protection.

The Ebola crisis took a deadly toll on Sierra Leone, with nearly 4,000 deaths and years’ worth of setbacks in development. When schools closed during the crisis, World Vision Sierra Leone assisted the Ministry of Education in launching a radio teaching program, distributing 30,000 solar-powered radio/flashlights to kids who couldn’t afford radios or didn’t have electricity. When schools reopened, the radios continued to be used by children in Sierra Leone to study after dark.

Your impact in Sierra Leone

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

  • 162 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 200 children participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 501 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 74 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 81 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 1,608 women delivered their babies safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant
  • 129 metric tons of food were distributed to children and families affected by hunger
  • 2 health facilities received medical equipment and supplies to better care for children and families
  • 340 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children 
  • 39,422 people benefited from food aid, helping them fight hunger and malnutrition

*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 1,050 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 31 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 350 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 39 schools were renovated and 34 others received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 520 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 174 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 3,000 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 3,000 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 8,510 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 839 farmers received inputs like livestock, seeds and tools, to increase their ability to produce more nutritious food and market the excess for a regular income
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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