Sierra Leone

Country Profile

Capital: Freetown

Population: 5,743,725

Official Language: English

Unofficial Languages: Mende, Temne, Krio

Life Expectancy at Birth: 45.4 years

HIV/AIDS

Adult Prevalence Rate: 1.55% (Ranking 31st in world comparisons)

Deaths: 3,100 (Ranking 45th in world comparisons)

People Living with HIV/AIDS: 57,100 (Ranking 53rdin world comparisons)

Literacy Rate: 44.5%

Population below the poverty line: 70.2%

Main Economic Activity: Agriculture (determined by GDP composition breakdown)

Unemployment Rate: Not Available

Youth Unemployment Rate: Not Available

Drinking Water Sources:

Unimproved: 39.9% of population

Improved: 60.1% of population

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Our In-Country Activities

Since our inception in 2004, Bread and Water for Africa UK has supported several holistic efforts in Sierra Leone in the programme areas of education, clean water, accessible healthcare, food security, and income generation.

We’ve partnered with the Faith Healing Development Organisation (FHDO) to build schools and provide fee support to under-resourced children in poor rural communities. We have also built clinics, supplied medicines, and built water wells to supply water to those very clinics to increase the sanitation of medical procedures and nutrition of patients. We built a bakery and established a vocational training programme that provided local men and women with employment opportunities. We also provided seed investments for the majority of individuals who are a part of the country’s agriculture. And together with FHDO’s intimate knowledge of the community and ability to partner with the government, we were able to battle the starvation that threatened the lives of all Sierra Leoneans when the Ebola epidemic forced quarantines. While emergency aid is not necessarily a part of Bread and Water for Africa UK’s mission, we knew we had a unique opportunity through our grass-roots partnership to support the communities we work with and prevent a total undoing of the progress that their people struggled so hard to achieve.

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Country Profile

Capital: Freetown

Population: 5,743,725

Official Language: English

Unofficial Languages: Mende, Temne, Krio

Life Expectancy at Birth: 45.4 years

HIV/AIDS

Adult Prevalence Rate: 1.55% (Ranking 31st in world comparisons)

Deaths: 3,100 (Ranking 45th in world comparisons)

People Living with HIV/AIDS: 57,100 (Ranking 53rdin world comparisons)

Literacy Rate: 44.5%

Population below the poverty line: 70.2%

Main Economic Activity: Agriculture (determined by GDP composition breakdown)

Unemployment Rate: Not Available

Youth Unemployment Rate: Not Available

Drinking Water Sources:

Unimproved: 39.9% of population

Improved: 60.1% of population

Constructing-Bo-Water-Well_FHDO_June-2014

Our In-Country Activities

Since our inception in 2004, Bread and Water for Africa UK has supported several holistic efforts in Sierra Leone in the programme areas of education, clean water, accessible healthcare, food security, and income generation.

We’ve partnered with the Faith Healing Development Organisation (FHDO) to build schools and provide fee support to under-resourced children in poor rural communities. We have also built clinics, supplied medicines, and built water wells to supply water to those very clinics to increase the sanitation of medical procedures and nutrition of patients. We built a bakery and established a vocational training programme that provided local men and women with employment opportunities. We also provided seed investments for the majority of individuals who are a part of the country’s agriculture. And together with FHDO’s intimate knowledge of the community and ability to partner with the government, we were able to battle the starvation that threatened the lives of all Sierra Leoneans when the Ebola epidemic forced quarantines. While emergency aid is not necessarily a part of Bread and Water for Africa UK’s mission, we knew we had a unique opportunity through our grass-roots partnership to support the communities we work with and prevent a total undoing of the progress that their people struggled so hard to achieve.

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