The COVID-19 or Coronavirus crisis has made a tremendous cross-sectoral impact across most of the countries around the world. The entire social, economic, and cultural structure is gradually transforming into an unexpected reality. Poor communities in Sierra Leone have become more vulnerable to the basic issues of livelihood, hunger, housing, and shelter. There are currently over 1,900 confirmed cases with 69 deaths in the country and the numbers keep rising in an alarming fashion.
During the period under review, the Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID) Sierra Leone embarked on community awareness-raising campaigns on the prevention and spread of the COVID-19 diseases. The organization has also helped to reduce panicking and disinformation caused by the spread of COVID-19 disease and provided basic resources such as masks, assorted food items to the poorest, and the needy in Freetown.
We are grateful for those who donated their hard-earned cash to this project via the GlobalGiving platform. Together, we're making a positive impact in the lives of those who are directly or indirectly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Sierra Leone.
Jul 20, 2020
By Ibrahim Moigua - Project Officer
Education has no substitute, one is either educated or not. As an advocacy and development-oriented organization, the Advocacy Initiative for Development’s commitment and work around education and its related issues remain a priority. As a very vital component to a nation’s sustainable growth, we believe it must be embraced by all.
The 11th Tanzania Economic Update shows that girls’ educational attainment, child marriage, and early childbearing are all closely related. Once a girl is married, it is very difficult for her to remain in school. Indeed, less than 1% of girls aged 15-19 are both in school and married. Conversely, keeping girls in school is probably the best way to reduce child marriage and, indirectly, early childbearing, since child marriage is the likely cause of about two-thirds of all instances of early childbearing. Ending child marriage and achieving universal secondary completion for girls could reduce fertility rates nationally by more than one fourth, thereby contributing to reducing population growth and improving standards of living through a higher gross domestic product per capita."
It is against this background that AID continues to provide support to both primary and secondary school children, especially the Girl Child. Funds raised on the GlobalGiving platform enabled the organization to provide support to cover lunch, school uniforms, and books to 20 children in Njiro, Arusha.
We are so grateful to our partners and friends who continue to donate their hard-earned cash towards this project. Through your generous support, you are impacting the lives of children, especially the Girl Child in Arusha, Tanzania.
Jun 5, 2020
By Benson Kandeh - Project Leader
In Sierra Leone, only 57% of the country's population has access to safe drinking water. 30% of all schools are without running water and 14% of all under 5 child deaths are due to diarrhea and other water-related illnesses. Women and girls are particularly affected by spending time and energy on water collection on a daily basis.
AID Sierra Leone uses low-cost Water Self-Supply technologies to providing safe drinking water in rural communities in the country which includes a wide range of low-cost options such as hand-drilled wells, rainwater harvesting systems, etc. With the generous support of partners and friends, we constructed a water point for a community of about 150 people.
The organization has been engaging these communities in sensitization drive via face-to-face, radio, and TV on the importance of the wells constructed and how they can manage it well to ensure ownership for sustainability.
We are grateful for the partners and friends who donated their hard-earned cash towards this project via the GlobalGiving platform. Please be rest assured that through your generous support, you're positively impacting lives and communities.