The 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa was the “largest, most severe and most complex Ebola epidemic” in history.
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.
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.
- Girls and boys are better protected since community leaders learned about children's rights and implemented policies to help protect children.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Mothers were given the support they need to keep themselves healthy and give their babies the best start possible. For example, community health workers led training sessions on the importance of giving birth at health centers and breastfeeding.
- Parents and caregivers learned about proper nutrition for children's development and were equipped to prepare healthy meals at home for their kids.
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.
- Through new reading clubs, children received support to practice their literacy skills outside of the classroom.
- Children have a higher quality education now that parents and community leaders are taking a more active role. Community leaders learned to monitor teachers' performance, and parents were empowered to advocate for improvements in schools.
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
Pray for West Africa: Pray for political and economic stability, maternal and child health, and sponsored children.
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