An estimated 1 in 6 children - or 356 million globally - lived in extreme poverty before the pandemic and 2/3 of those children live in sub-Saharan Africa (UNICEF). Sadly, these numbers are expected to get worse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are addressing this need by providing scholarships, books, uniforms, school meals, school and teaching supplies, solar lights, and computer training. This helps children / youths complete their education and become future leaders in Sierra Leone.
42% of African school children will drop out before the end of primary education (UN statistics). Many schools lack the fundamental resources essential for quality education. The result is a deficient and underprepared workforce. This results in crippling incompetence and a lack of quality leadership, both at home and at work. There is an urgent need to address this by providing empowering and quality education in concert with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This project addresses the failure points and weak areas that need boosting. Education is a proven way to alleviate poverty and bring lasting change. Providing quality education reflects the fact that every child is entitled to fundamental human rights. Every child deserves to be treated with dignity. We are providing scholarships, school supplies, computer training, etc. This helps to reduce illiteracy and school dropout rates. Beneficiaries are empowered and lives are transformed.
The project is an effective long-term investment as it provides quality educational opportunities for children and youths. This is helping them to rise above poverty, become independent and better decision-makers. They are then better capable of making a significant contribution to their families, communities, nation, and the world at large. Education reduces poverty. It brings lasting empowerment and definite change.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
UN Human Development Report - Sierra Leone
UN Country Information - Sierra Leone
UNICEF Report on 1 in 6 children living in poverty
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