Sierra Leone

Working With Children in Sierra Leone



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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. 
 

  • 30 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 13 child well being activities conducted including health and nutrition, hygiene, livlihood, education, child rights and protection awareness
  • 5 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance children's rights and create positive changes for children
  • 35 faith and community leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 10 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God
  • 3 plans of action were developed to enhance community development and child well being
  • 5 community groups are teaching children and families to manage disasters and respond to emergencies in order to protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 4 faith-based organizations participated in programs focused on improving child well-being
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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

  • 8 health facilities were improved with renovations or stocked with resources to better care for children and families
  • 23 people benefited from medical consultations and treatment in health facilities
  • 21,500 people including children benefited from food aid
  • 30 metric tons of food were distributed to children and families affected by hunger
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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

  • 60 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of raising their children with love and tenderness
  • 371 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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

  • 104 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 3,800 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 72 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 5,929 animals were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 8 farmers groups are in place helping people improve crop and livestock production
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.
 

  • 60 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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