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Sierra Leone is the 14th poorest country in the world, with 60 percent of the population living in extreme poverty. Decades of economic decline and 11 years of armed conflict had dramatic consequences on the economy. Approximately 70% of youth are underemployed or unemployed and an estimated 800,000 youth today are actively searching for employment. Furthermore, illiteracy remains a persistent challenge and youth that lack that skills and education find it extremely difficult to compete for the limited jobs available.Unemployment and illiteracy levels remain high, particularly among youth.
We are currently working in Sierra Leone where we have built three schools in remote villages which accommodate more than 1000 children and Illiterate adults. We are also teaching environmental issues as well as about protecting the wildlife, hygiene, health and contraception.
We work with Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary sponsoring chimpanzees. We take children from each school into the sanctuary to learn about the habitat and the importance of protecting the animals and not to eat them or have them as pets.
225 women have signed a Memorandum of Understanding by thumbprint, agreeing not to perform Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). An incredible achievement in that they have agreed to swap their knives for agricultural tools and seeds for a different form of income. The children will be checked monthly by nurse, to ensure no cutting has taken place. The parents and women have signed by thumbprint, a Memorandum of Understanding. The communities have also agreed not to force child brides.
2018 Sierra Leone
FoCK SL Local Partner
3 Primary Schools Built
225 Signatures Against FGM
1,000 Children In School
2 Chimpanzees Sponsored
50 Participating Families
3 Participating Communities
We strengthen families and livelihoods among Sierra Leone's communities.
We currently work in Sierra Leone and aim to be working with Rwanda, Uganda and Madagascar by the end of 2019.
Friends Of Chema And Kizzi is a registered charity (1179597).