OVERALL CHILD POPULATION (under 18yrs)
% of the population
CHILDREN LIVING BELOW POVERTY LINE
% of the population
MARRIED AS CHILDREN
CONVENTION ON THE
RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
Sierra Leone has a rich resource base of diamonds and precious metals, as well as beautiful beaches and natural resources offering potential for growth through tourism. Having overcome the violence of civil war, Sierra Leone’s economy had begun to grow when it was struck by the Ebola crisis.
There are many displaced children in Sierra Leone, living and working in dangerous conditions on dumpsites, markets and streets, many separated from family and community. ChildHope is working with them to regain their right to education, training, employment, and lives free from violence and abuse.
LAST YEAR WE HELPED CHILDREN IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS
During 2016 our partner Future Focus Foundation in Kenema, delivered a project that aimed to improve families’ abilities to earn sufficient income to keep their children in school and improve the overall health and well-being of the family. One hundred and sixty five rural female-headed households benefited from the project.
Organisational Goal: Street Child of Sierra Leone’s (SCoSL) mission is to enable street children to resettle in a secure family environment and have access to education.
What they do: SCoSL has a three-pronged approach; reunification, education and livelihoods. SCoSL identifies children living and working in the streets and reconnects them with families, supports out of school children into education and prevents child migration to the street by improving the quality of education through training teachers and building rural schools. Implementing programmes across the country, SCoSL has improved the lives and opportunities of 12,000 children, having grown to be recognised as a national child rights organization.
In 2015, ChildHope received a major new grant from Comic Relief for a new project with SCoSL, working with children, young people and their families living and working on rubbish dumps in Freetown.
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