Our work in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 74% of people in rural areas living in poverty. A long civil conflict and devastating Ebola outbreak caused widespread deprivation and vulnerability. We have been working with communities in Sierra Leone for over 25 years to empower local people to take ownership of their own development, develop new skills and create lasting solutions to the challenges that they face.
Livelihoods and Food Security in Sierra Leone
With our local partner MAPCO, we are working with 15 rural communities in Moyamba District to create locally-owned solutions to poverty. We help vulnerable people in these communities to earn a living through access to skills training and support to set up their own small businesses. By the end of the first year of the project (2019), 6,000 people had already increased their incomes by at least 50%.
Empowering Women in Kenema, Sierra Leone
With our partner CARD we are helping 3,500 young women and girls to access functional literacy skills so they can access information, understand their legal rights and negotiate for themselves. They will be assisted in setting up small businesses of their own – in soap making, selling snacks, tailoring, trading or agriculture – raising their self-esteem, independence and status in society.
Empowering Local Communities in Pujehun, Sierra Leone
With MAPCO, we are working with 19 rural communities across Pujehun district to tackle poverty through access to sustainable economic support services, using our tried and tested community-based organisation (CBO) support model. Services include revolving loan schemes, seed banks, literacy training and vocational training for young people with local artisans.
Livelihoods for Young People in Sierra Leone
We worked with our partner CARD to give 1,200 vulnerable young women and men in Bo and Kenema districts access to decent work opportunities through skills and business management training. We also supported young people to develop life skills and confidence, through training in literacy skills, HIV/AIDS awareness and gender and human rights.
Sustainable Livelihoods for Disadvantaged Communities, Sierra Leone
This project supported 12,000 people in 12 of the poorest rural communities in Sierra Leone to improve their wellbeing and access to opportunities. This included business management training, small loans and improved water and sanitation facilities, using our proven community-based support model with local partner MAPCO.
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The Big Give for Women Changemakers in Sierra Leone launches TODAY!
You can join forces with Women Changemakers in Sierra Leone to help them stop poverty in their communities through vegetable farming and soap-making businesses with DOUBLE THE IMPACT by donating before Tuesday 7th December.
Launching Tuesday 30th November 2021: The Big Give will match all donations for Women Changemakers in Sierra Leone
We are excited to share that in 2022 we will be launching a brand new project working with Women Changemakers in Sierra Leone. We’ll work with rural women living on less than £1.40 a day to earn a living with backyard vegetable farming and soap making. Along the way they’ll also learn business skills, literacy and numeracy, and gain an understanding of their rights, paving the way to a better life for their whole community.
“I stand with APT and I wish everyone can find time and a way that they can support them as well” -Big Zuu
This week from Sunday 11th to Saturday 17th July 2021 we are running our BBC Radio 4 appeal presented by the lovely Big Zuu, Grime MC and TV cooking show host.