Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone

Overview

After a decade-long civil war and 2014 Ebola outbreak, the majority of Sierra Leone’s population live below the poverty line – surviving on less than $2 per day.

While the country tries to recover, the agricultural sector has experienced a huge decline.

Half of the population does not have reliable access to food.

Those most severely affected include orphans, Ebola survivors, widows, the elderly, and those living with HIV/AIDS.

Quick Facts

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people died from Ebola during the outbreak

Our Projects

Working with The Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone, Tearfund is providing seeds, tools, and training to farmers in an effort to help them increase their crop output. Vulnerable families are able to fight food insecurity and increase their income to look forward to healthier and more secure futures.
Project

Food security in Port Loko

  • People Problem
  • Challenges
  • Activities
  • working together Details
  • achieved Outcome

Problem

Low agricultural productivity and lack of crop diversification has led to wide-spread chronic hunger.

Challenges

Farmers lack reliable access to agricultural inputs such as seed and fertilizer. Limited infrastructure (such as roads) inhibits any efforts to bring crops to market. Past tragedies such as civil war and Ebola still loom in the minds of communities.

Activities

Tearfund is working with the local church to train over 300 households in 8 different communities in conservation agriculture where they will learn simple, cost-effective agricultural techniques. Farmers are also being provided small amounts of seed and tools to help them set-up their farms. This project also encourages crop diversification and nutritional education, helping families eat more well-rounded diets to prevent malnutrition.

Details

  • Location: 8 Communities in Port Loko District
  • Timeframe: 2019-2021
  • Funding needed: $660,000

Outcome

Through this project, over 300 households will gain access to reliable, nutritious food - breaking the cycle of hunger in their communities. Local churches will be encouraged and better equipped to reach out into their communities and share God’s love to their neighbours.

Stories of Transformation

Beautiful things from dust

Looking over his dusty field, Wolde remembered a time where his family’s 30 acre farm was lush and vibrant. But inheriting land split between his siblings meant that his farm was both limited and overworked. Six months a year were marked with hunger, with only one meal per day to sustain him and his family.

Jackline Katunga

The church is the most effective vehicle for bringing opportunity and hope into a community. We work with churches in the poorest places on Earth to unlock people’s God-given potential.

Mbuvi Kimanza

Poverty isn’t just physical, but spiritual. Through a holistic, biblically-based model, we work to address all aspects of poverty whether it is physical, spiritual, emotional, or social.

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The solution to poverty is more than physical, it’s spiritual. Instead of handouts, you will be partnering with local churches to permanently lift families out of poverty. Will you join us?

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Charity Number: 108222191 RR 0001