COVID-19 Response in Sierra Leone & Guinea Bissau

by WellFound
COVID-19 Response in Sierra Leone & Guinea Bissau

Project Report | Nov 20, 2020
How we have been responding in 2020

By Steven Bratten | International Project Officer

What a year 2020 has been. Not one of has been left unaffected by some of the challenges which this year has thrown at us. It is during times of hardship that people must come together, to help one another and pull through as a community. We have seen community take many forms this year, whether that is bringing groceries to high-risk neighbours, chatting remotely to people in isolation, or people around the world going through a shared and collective struggle. While many of us have had vastly different experiences of the effects of the pandemic, one thing is for sure: we are united in our fight against it. 

We would like to take this opportunity to update you, our donors and followers, on our activities in light of COVID-19. 2020 has been an immensely busy year for us. Our response to the pandemic in Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone has not come at the expense of our usual activities, which are ongoing. In addition to the projects which were already being implemented, we have added in a host of COVID-19 response activities to bring relief to people affected by the pandemic in the regions where we work.   

One key and often overlooked impact of the pandemic in rural Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone has been the huge increases in the price of food. Due to restrictions being put in place to control the spread of COVID-19, imports and domestic food prices have shot up. For people already living in extreme poverty, this has meant that they have often been going hungry. As many of you will already know, WellFound has been addressing malnutrition for a long time through our community market garden programme, where women are able to grow and harvest fresh vegetables to supplement their and their family's diets. We have ramped up our market garden programme massively and are glad to report that communities are already harvesting crops.

Community-grown crops not only help to provide a balanced and healthy diet, but also address the fact that many people cannot afford to buy food at market with the current prices. For those most in need of immediate nutritional relief, we have provided temporary emergency food packages until they are able to harvest vegetables from their market gardens. Additionally, we have also extended the market garden programme to individual households: encouraging and showing people how to create vegetable patches in their gardens.  

Women in Guinea Bissau are already harvesting their own vegetables.

Information has arguably been our best tool in combating this virus. Knowledge on how to stay safe has saved countless lives. We are all well aware by now of the power of hand washing, disinfecting, social distancing and quarantining, however people living in areas with little to no phone signal and no internet are not able to get this potentially life-saving information as easily as we are. This is why we have worked with health professionals to visit individual households (with strict social distancing enforced and PPE worn at all times) to educate people on how to stay safe and prevent infection during this time, as well as what to do if someone in the community or household starts to exhibit symptoms. This information has also gone out via radio, which many people in these areas are able to listen to. We have been distributing PPE, disinfectant and sanitiser to individual households and rural health centres, to ensure that people have the necessary equipment to prevent infection.  

We are now all too familiar with the need to wash our hands regularly and thoroughly.

Among our other activities being carried out this year, we have been showing people how to construct cheap and easy hand washing stations, providing health centres with access to clean water, and empowering people from each community we work with to become Community Health Volunteers who help to ensure that everyone in their community stays safe and has everything they need to get by. 

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Jul 24, 2020
Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau July Update

By Steven Bratten | International Project Officer

About Project Reports

Project reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you can recieve an email when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports without donating.

Sign up for updates

Organization Information


Location: London, Middlesex - United Kingdom
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @opwellfound
Project Leader:
Antony Kingsley
London , Middlesex United Kingdom

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Support another project run by WellFound that needs your help, such as:

Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Get incredible stories, promotions, and matching offers in your inbox

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.