Sierra Leone

Why World Vision is in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone enjoys overall stability. Agricultural production, the country’s main economy, is coming in at above-average levels. And the government is working to bring stability to families who are still vulnerable, helping them build resilience with food and income so they can thrive. This summer, Sierra Leone experienced one of their worst natural disasters in decades. The capital city, Freetown, was hit by devastating landslides and floods resulting from an unusually heavy rainy season. Thousands of families lost their homes, but a quick response from the government along with medical and rescue teams brought shelter and treatment to the displaced people. Thanks to your support, we brought essentials, including blankets, water purification systems and school supplies, to affected families. With your support, our work in Sierra Leone is bringing improved schools and sanitation to over a dozen rural communities. Collaborating with other local partners, we helped communities build over 200 furnished classrooms, nearly 100 improved pit latrines with hand-washing stations and 10 wells fitted with pumps. All these changes mean kids are learning in healthy and safe environments, so they can grow up strong and well-equipped to continue changing their communities.

We never give up on people

World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Sierra Leone

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

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

  • Parents attended trainings on positive discipline strategies, which gave them tools to care for their children in a healthy and productive way.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Healthcare facilities were supported by World Vision to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through PPE donations and trainings for staff.
  • Public hand washing stations were built in several communities to encourage community members to wash their hands more to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Education for Better Lives

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

  • Schools were equipped with age appropriate books and resources to help kids in grades 1 to 3 learn how to read.
  • Reading clubs around Sierra Leone were established and parents were trained to help maintain the reading groups in their communities.

Prayer Requests from Sierra Leone

World Vision's staff in Sierra Leone are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • God to divinely protect all the children we serve from sickness, harm, and abuse.


  • God to give our staff determination to live out our Christian faith and calling with boldness and humility.


News from Sierra Leone