Sierra Leone

Working With Children in Sierra Leone



Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
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:
  • 125 community members learned about child protection and how to report abuse
  • 40 teenagers in our programme took part in community projects
  • 25 mums and dads regularly went to our parent support groups, 
  • 10 activities planned with local partners took place
  • 9 members of local partner groups went to our training

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Sierra Leone funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 16,700 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 4,850 children learned about COVID-19 in age-specific ways
  • 406 cleaning and sanitising kits were given to health facilities
  • 16,000 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 1,514 people in quarantine or isolation for COVID-19 were given support

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Sierra Leone, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 5 children under two received at least one visit from a community health worker or volunteer
  • 11 caregivers of malnourished kids who went to our programme a month ago still make nutritious meals at home
  • 11 children between six months and age two who are registered in our programs are consuming a diverse diet
  • 90 trained community health workers and volunteers are actively providing care and education to local families

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Sierra Leone funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 10 hazard risk reduction plans, strategies, policies, disaster preparedness and contingency plans were developed and put in place
  • 65 women and men are active members of a local savings group
  • 10 savings group members have dependant children
  • 10 children have a parent or caregiver who is part of a savings group

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Sierra Leone funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 483 families went to our hygiene training and now have a handwashing station with soap at home

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Sierra Leone funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
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