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Working with the world's poorest people to transform their lives

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Our charity work in Sierra Leone

Concern Worldwide has been working in Sierra Leone since 1996. Our charity work there continues to focus on eliminating extreme poverty, supporting sustainable development and strengthening institutions in the wake of a crippling eleven-year civil war.

In Sierra Leone, we work in the areas of health, education and livelihoods. Recently, we reached more than:

  • 60,000 people through our health programmes
  • 29,000 people through our education projects
  • 8,000 people through our livelihoods work

Featured video 

David Beckham recently travelled to Sierra Leone on behalf of UNICEF. In this film, he speaks about how the use of a superfood, pioneered by Concern, is helping malnourished children regain their health. 

Free maternal and child healthcare

Sierra Leone’s maternal and child mortality rates are still among the highest in the world, but the government is now providing free healthcare to pregnant women, mothers and children under the age of five. We helped the Ministry of Health with the fast-track recruitment and deployment of staff for this initiative. Since it started, we have seen the safe delivery of 4,394 babies. This is approaching a 100% success rate in one year alone. 

Saving lives with Innovations

Since 2009, we have been implementing the Innovations project in Sierra Leone, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop new ideas for better maternal and child health. 

>> Read about our Innovations project

>> Watch this video, showing how our Innovations project is saving lives in Malawi

Successfully training teachers

Teacher-training is central to our education work. In Sierra Leone, we work in very remote areas, so we use distance learning to train teachers. We collaborated with the District Education Authority to assess what impact our approach is having on the quality of teaching. Results were positive: observations of 130 teachers in 66 schools found that 86% have mastered their subject, understand lesson planning and are using better teaching techniques. 

Enhancing food production

Our work in livelihoods focuses largely on enabling vulnerable families to increase the amount of food they produce. One of the ways we do this is by teaching poor farmers new and improved methods of farming. 

We recently supported more than 7,000 vulnerable households by giving them rice and vegetable seed during the main agricultural season. After we had finished planting, we did a survey in our areas of operation. The results indicated a 23% increase in rice cultivation. 

Training

We trained people in improved agricultural practices and post-harvest management techniques. More than 200 skilled workers also received training in business management and vocational skills to help them grow their businesses.

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