Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone continues to recover from a decade-long civil conflict that ended in 2002. The war destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Rural areas face many challenges that have slowed recovery, leading to high rates of poverty, hunger and disease. The country also continues to recover from the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Episcopal Relief & Development and the Anglican Diocese of Bo have worked together for many years on integrated programs that focus on community health and food supply. The program works at the household level to increase crop variety so families can access nutritious food at home rather than buying it in the market. Sustainable farming practices increase harvests while protecting the environment, and farmer cooperatives work together to process crops into products that have longer shelf life and greater sale value in the market. These activities have been scaled up to include families impacted by the Ebola crisis, with special focus on women, children and people with disabilities.

The Diocese of Bo also works to advance public health in the area, with particular focus on malaria and gender-based violence (GBV). Specifically, the program educates communities about GBV and trains local volunteers to provide case management for survivors to navigate justice systems and access psychosocial services. The Church’s community networks active in educating and mobilizing communities on malaria and GBV were vital in mounting a successful response to Ebola, and ongoing Ebola recovery work will continue to include awareness and prevention on these issues. 

Alleviating Hunger and Improving Food Supply

  • Exploring climate-smart strategies to improve crop production and diversity
  • Increasing access to nutritious food through small-scale farming
  • Supporting farmer cooperatives to improve agricultural practices and access to markets
  • Increasing shelf life, value and marketability of food products through processing

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Supporting income-generating activities to strengthen communities and improve the local economy

Promoting Health and Fighting Disease

  • Reducing preventable diseases to increase child survival
  • Empowering women to improve health for themselves and their children
  • Reducing the long-term impact of Ebola by providing services, promoting awareness and fighting discrimination

Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities

  • Examining possible hazards and leveraging local strengths and resources to reduce disaster risk and build resilience

Sierra Leone Press Releases & Stories

World Malaria Day 2016: NetsforLife® Celebrates Ten Years of Strengthening Communities to End MalariaWorld Malaria Day: Invest in the FutureWorld Malaria Day 2015: NetsforLife® Doubles Malaria Net Total, Expands Volunteer CapacityGreen Hills School and NetsforLife®: Changing the World Through Innovation

Fast Facts

Rapid population growth and overuse of land has resulted in deforestation and soil exhaustion, which threaten food supply.
Sierra Leone's maternal and infant mortality rates are among the highest in the world, due to lack of water and sanitation, poor nutrition and limited access to health care.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 2: Zero Hunger

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Goal 5: Gender Equality

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Goal 15: Life on Land

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