Sierra Leone is recovering from a decade of civil war in the 90s, the 2014 Ebola outbreak killed 4,000 and overwhelmed the country’s weak healthcare system. Child mortality rates are very high, 16 percent of children under the age of five do not survive and extreme hunger remains a major challenge. As a result, nearly one in 10 children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition with potential for long term developmental effects. Over a three-year period, Tearfund’s project in Pujehun district maximized the harvest potential for 200 farmers by supplying the most beneficial seeds and tools, teaching improved farming practices and providing extension workers to mentor farmers as they adopted the new methods. Tearfund is currently working with our longtime partner, The Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone, conducting assessments for our next phase of projects expected to start in late in 2018.
In August 2017 torrential rainfalls triggered a twin disaster. A deadly mudslide and mass flooding swept away homes, destroyed villages and tore families apart near Freetown. Over 400 people lost their life and another 3000 became homeless. Tearfund Canada, provided food aid, household supplies and shelter for 30 displaced families.
In the last year:
- 300 households in 6 Ebola affected communities received training in improved farming techniques, soil fertility, pest and disease control, gender equality, nutrition and sanitation.
- 2,100 people in 2 chiefdoms of Port Loko benefitted from increased harvests and better nutrition.