Youth Musical Center in Sierra Leone

by Search for Common Ground


Equip a youth center in Bo District, Sierra Leone, so that youths have a space to practice and perform music, mentored by one of Sierra Leone's most popular musicians, Steady Bongo.
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Sierra Leone’s youth are largely impoverished and disenfranchised, with few opportunities for education, employment, or a voice in society. This situation was a major factor in Sierra Leone’s 10-year civil war, which ended in 2001. This center will serve Bo District’s large youth population, comprised predominantly of excombatants. As it grows, it will serve as a resource to youth from around the country.


Steady Bongo is partnering with Talking Drum Studio to provide a space for youth to use music to engage in constructive dialogue for the development of Sierra Leone, which local youth will build.

Long-Term Impact

This project brings war-impacted children together in a safe forum. These children use music to recover from the effects of war and to build constructive relationships with each other. These relationships will help ensure a peaceful Sierra Leone.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).



Organization Information

Search for Common Ground

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Frances Fortune
West Africa Regional Director
Freetown, Sierra Leone

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