In the West African country of Sierra Leone, a little charity can go a long way. This country was devastated by an 11-year civil war, which left hundreds of thousands of widows and orphaned children as its legacy. Poverty and underdevelopment is rampant, and without the assistance of humanitarian organizations, a great number of Sierra Leoneans simply would not survive.
Democracy is slowly being re-established after the civil war and the new government’s priorities include furthering development, creating jobs and stamping out endemic corruption.
Sierra Leone Facts
- Population: 5,363,699
- Infant Mortality Rate: 78.38 deaths/1,000 live births
- Average Income: $800
- Poverty Rate: 70.2%
Life in Sierra Leone
Over the past 15 years, Life for Relief and Development has become very active in Sierra Leone by building and operating an orphanage, distributing books to schools, and providing food to needy families.
Life’s history in Sierra Leone began mainly because of the increasing number of children left orphaned and without food or clean water. Life began by rehabilitating schools where education and book distributions took place. The Orphanage that Life built currently supports over 200 orphans who are provided with food, shelter, clothing, and proper educational and medical care. Water and sanitation has also been a recurring problem in Sierra Leone and Life works hard to provide families living in villages with a permanent source of clean water by digging water wells.
Life has redoubled its commitment to the people of Sierra Leone through the adoption of a number of new projects which include building community centers where families can worship and pray, digging water wells in villages.