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. 

  • We empowered children in Sierra Leone to become agents of change in their communities through kids' clubs where students learned to advocate for their rights with local leaders.
  • 120 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 433 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 440 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies

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

  • 1,350 children and women were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 40 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 400 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 615 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy

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

  • We supported rural school teachers by making online courses on teaching skills and methods accessible.
  • 60 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children in Sierra Leone
  • 16 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 21 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities

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

  • 6,230 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 25,692 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 5,345 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 2,350 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families

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