A landslide and heavy rains have caused destruction in Freetown, Sierra Leone, leading to hundreds of deaths. As the landslides are outside our Area Development Project areas, no sponsored children have been affected at this time.
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.