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Sierra Leone

Key Problem

We are addressing the extreme poverty, disease and inequality for people living in Sierra Leone. In particular, young people have few opportunities and suffer from high unemployment.  In addition, there are a high number of people with disabilities, a legacy of the brutal conflict.

What we are doing:

Project 1: 

6 districts have been identified where APT will develop sustainable livelihoods, improve water and sanitation and raise awareness of human rights for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people.  APT’s partner organisation MAPCO will grow and develop community based groups to provide services involving a range of skills development while APT will provide technical support and advice at every stage.

1,500 families and 1,000 young people will have improved livelihoods resulting in an increase in incomes, better access to basic needs and life opportunities.  There will be increased knowledge of hygiene and sanitation practices contributing to disease prevention while women, youth and disabled people will be able to exercise their human rights through increased awareness of their entitlements.

Lottery Funded

Project 2: 

In conjunction with another in country partner, CARD, 1,200 young men and women are receiving skills training apprenticeships in a diverse range of sectors that are relevant to their communities and locations.

They are offered training with local artisans, as well as courses in business management, life support skills and functional literacy teaching. The project operates through a revolving loan fund giving beneficiaries resources to obtain the relevant tools they will need to learn and work.

We don’t want the turbulent past in this country to create a generation of forgotten, uneducated and unskilled youth.

Lottery Funded

Past Projects

Key problem

During the long brutal conflict young people missed out on their education, only experiencing the devastation caused by war; their continued unemployment (75%) poses a serious threat to stability and rural-urban migration of youth searching for job opportunities is high.  On top of this chronic poverty and the lack of income prevents parents and carers sending children to school.

What are we doing?

Blacksmithing and weavingWe are helping young people and carers of vulnerable families obtain vocational training and life-skills, facilitating apprenticeships and work placements, supporting new and existing enterprise activities, market linkages and micro-credit.  Together with our partner MAPCO, and small grassroots organisations, young people are helping to rebuild their communities.

Mariama Kamara is disabled as a result of polio. Helped with training and a revolving loan she has developed a food processing business.  Mariama has no children – but she is taking care of four of her relatives’ children and their school expenses. She says with pride “I carry my burden and that of my dependants alone.  I am self reliant and I have people that sell my products on a commission basis which is a source of employment for them.”

APT is helping our partner HELP Salone to strengthen 8 Vocational Training Centres to provide market demand driven and flexible training courses, enhancing the capabilities for employment and income generation and developing livelihood opportunities for rural disadvantaged youth. Such centres will continue this impact far into the future.

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