This vital project aims to transform the health and well-being of 230 war affected children in the eastern region of Sierra Leone, through provision of crucial services, knowledge and skills to vulnerable young mothers, including training in crop production and nutrition and early childhood care.
Sierra Leone is still recovering from an 11 year civil war, which left communities fractured through violence. Children have been worse affected. Over 10,000 children have been separated from their families and many have been orphaned or affected by disability and malnourishment as a result of war and chronic poverty. Many young mothers are unable to provide adequate care and support to their children as they lack basic knowledge on child health and nutrition and are unable to earn an income.
The project will provide training in crop production, nutrition, and breastfeeding to mothers of malnourished children, which will enable them to provide for their children, and improve the standard of living for the whole family unit.
It will also provide pre-primary school children with day care, which will vastly improve their chances of being ready for enrollment into primary education. Providing care for the children will also enable their mothers to find employment.
This project will improve the health and nutritional status of 200 young malnourished children and the well-being and development of 30 pre-primary children, giving them the opportunity of a much brighter future.