Following the civil war of the 1990’s, rebuilding in Sierra Leone has restored much of the country’s infrastructure. Reconstruction of housing, village roads, and water and sanitation systems continues to be a major priority. However, more than 60% of the population still lives below the poverty line.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
While Sierra Leone took early and effective measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic and has very few cases. However, Sierra Leone is one of many countries that have seen an uptick in the marriage of underage girls due to the financial fallout of quarantine With lack of economic opportunity and food insecurity, families feel desperate and the dreams of young girls eager to finish their education cannot outweigh the strain parents feel to provide for the basic needs of their daughters by giving them in marriage. In this context, World Renew’s ongoing work is critical. By creating alternative forms of revenue and greater food security, we can once again start to make progress in protecting the futures of young girls.
World Renew’s partner staff continue programming in the northern part of the country, doing whatever they can while practicing physical distancing from their homes.
Some estimates say humanitarian progress has been set back 25 years by this pandemic. Your gifts to Sierra Leone go straight towards allowing World Renew to continue and, hopefully, scale up our programming in response. We can’t meet these needs without you.