Help Save Children in Sierra Leone

Children in Sierra Leone are threatened by frequent disasters and emergencies — like the recent devastating mudslide that killed hundreds of people, including over 100 children. Save the Children is working to rebuild programs that help Sierra Leone’s children survive and thrive, and we need your help.

The Challenges for Children in Sierra Leone

Living in poverty and facing frequent natural disasters and health epidemics, children in Sierra Leone need your help.*

  • 38% of girls 15 and older are literate
  • 29% of school-age children are out of school
  • 114 out of 1000 children die
    before their 5th birthday
  • 37% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 70% of people live in poverty
Map of Sierra Leone

Our Work for Children in Sierra Leone

Devastating mudslides and torrential flooding killed more than 300 people in 2017 — 122 of them children — around Sierra Leone's capital Freetown. 810 people were missing, two suspected cases of cholera were reported and 3,000 people were forced from their homes.

Save the Children is in Sierra Leone providing counseling and support services to children and families affected by the crisis, and will distribute thousands of sanitary and hygiene products including soap, water treatment kits and hand-washing equipment.

Having worked in West Africa since 1987, Save the Children's relief workers have extensive experience in humanitarian response to the region's frequent disasters and emergencies. In 2012, we mounted large-scale efforts to control the cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone, and also battled Ebola there. Now, we’re helping the fragile country rebuild their healthcare services to help children survive.

Recent health care reforms in Sierra Leone have opened up free access for the country’s poorest mothers and children. As a result, the rate of children treated for malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia has risen dramatically since 2011. 

  • Protected 703 children from harm
  • Supported 6,278 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 129,524 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 27,140 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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