Sierra Leone is a country located on the West coast of Africa. It has a total population of 6.4 million. This beautiful West African nation experienced one of the most brutal armed conflicts within the region, which lasted for ten years.
Currently, extreme poverty remains the biggest problem faced by young persons in Sierra Leone. The country is ranked 180 out 182 in the world on the global Human Development Index (HDI), according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2009 report.
Furthermore, the number of children under 18 years sleeping in slums, market places and other polluted areas in Sierra Leone is on the rise. The majority of these young marginalized people lost their parents during the armed conflict, while others are from homes suffering extreme poverty. They live on less than $1 a day. The girls are exposed to sexual exploitation and other abuses, often resulting in teenage pregnancies. Currently, there are no training programmes for their development.
Therefore, children age 8-18 who are living in slums and market places of Freetown will benefit from this project.
Some of the challenges will be:
1.Having some children who will want to stay in the Village permanently instead of been resettled in their original communities.
2. There are possibilities of Having some children whose parents cannot be traced for reunification with them any more.
3. Dealing with children who may be drug addicts or suffering from some mental problems.
4. Dealing with children who may have been part of a criminal gang
5. Having children who might choose not to be resettled into their original communities but other communities that they may be comfortable with.
Donations will benefit this project through the implementation of and purchasing of whatever material mentioned to be purchased in the project proposal.