Posts tagged Sierra Leone
WHY AREN'T SIERRA LEONE'S GIRLS GOING TO SCHOOL?

In the small West African country of Sierra Leone, 46% of girls and young women aged 15-24 do not know how to read and write.

In contrast, 72% of Sierra Leonean boys and young men are literate (UNICEF).

Isatu, who is now 17 years old, dropped out of secondary school in Year 8 because her family could not afford to keep her there. Year 9 is the last year of basic education in Sierra Leone, and her family knew they would not be able to afford the end of year exam.

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‘ESKIMO’ BRAVES TROPICAL HEAT TO WIN 5th SIERRA LEONE MARATHON

- Mustafa ‘Eskimo’ Kamara crowned 2016 Sierra Leone Marathon Champion

- More than 600 runners compete in the world’s most ‘worthwhile’* marathon

 29th May 2016: 118 British runners travelled to Sierra Leone this week to join over 500 Sierra Leonean competitors in the 5th edition of the Street Child Sierra Leone Marathon.

Laid out over four distances – 5k, 10k, half and full marathon – the runners weaved their way through the parched streets of Makeni in the north of the country. Braving hot and humid conditions, the surrounding communities were out in force to provide boisterous support for competitors from more than 15 countries worldwide, including those as far afield as Finland, Australia, China and Chile. 

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STREET CHILD LAUNCHES ‘GIRLS SPEAK OUT’ APPEAL WITH GOVERNMENT PLEDGE TO DOUBLE ALL DONATIONS

New Street Child appeal urges UK public to help give girls in West Africa the chance to fulfil their potential

18th April 2016: UK charity Street Child launches its Girls Speak Out Appeal today, aimed at helping to ensure that girls gain their right to an education in Sierra Leone and Liberia; public support for the appeal has the chance to go twice as far thanks to a pledge by the UK government to double all donations to the appeal.

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MORE THAN 20,000 CHILDREN BACK IN SCHOOL SINCE EBOLA THANKS TO STREET CHILD

As Street Child continues its enormous effort to help children return to - and be able to stay in - school after Ebola, the charity confirmed that it has now given direct financial assistance to over 20,000 in Liberia and Sierra Leone this year. We plan to help thousands more children back into school at the start of the new term in January.

In Sierra Leone, Street Child has financially assisted 17,241 children back into primary school and 1,266 into secondary school. In Liberia we’ve supported 1,500 Ebola-affected children into school.

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EBOLA DON DON! A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO TOM DANNATT

A message from our CEO, Tom Dannatt

It is with the greatest of relief that I write to share the long-awaited news, for those who have not heard it already, that today, Sierra Leone has hit the magic mark of 42 days with no new cases of Ebola and therefore officially joins Liberia in being declared . . . Ebola free!

Or to put matters in Krio: “Ebola don don!”

Of course Ebola has been coming progressively under control since early this year and the number of cases in recent months has been very low – but there is a world of difference between being ‘nearly Ebola free’ and actually ‘Ebola free’. It really is a day for celebration!

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PRESIDENT OF SIERRA LEONE GRACES SUPERB STREET CHILD SIERRA LEONE MARATHON

As first light broke on Makeni’s Wusum Hill this morning, around 600 runners lined up to participate in the first Sierra Leone Marathon to be held in the country since Ebola began last year. And it was none other than the President of Sierra Leone that wished those intrepid runners luck for this very special event. 

Spread across four distances – full marathon, half marathon, 5k and 10k – there were a total of 51 Brits in the field as well as representatives from nations around the world. But it was the Sierra Leonean runners that swept the field across all categories. The winner of the main event was Osman Challey with an impressive time of 2hrs 26mins.

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AFTER EBOLA: STREET CHILD ANNOUNCES 2000+ GIRL CONSULTATION ON ADOLESCENT FEMALE EDUCATION IN SIERRA LEONE

At an event to mark the UN Day of the Girl Child, Street Child of Sierra Leone’s Kelfa Kargbo Country Director, Kelfa Kargbo, announced a major Street Child consultation exercise on issues affecting the education of adolescent girls in Sierra Leone – pledging to meet with over 2000 girls in a nationwide process. 

In a moving address, which can be read in full here, Kelfa clearly articulated the issue,

How can it be right that when you look at the early classes of any primary school, you see roughly equal numbers of boys and girls, but by the time you look at a Senior Secondary School . . . you can frequently see boys outnumbering girls by 2:1 or more?

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STREET CHILD LAUNCHES LEGACY OF EBOLA APPEAL

Today marks the launch of our Legacy of Ebola Appeal, which aims to create a sustainable future for thousands of children affected by Ebola. 

In excess of 8,500 people have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia. At last, the virus seems to be on the wane. However, there is a parallel crisis raging across the region; one that is, sadly, far from over and yet has tragically faded from public view. 

In Sierra Leone and Liberia there have been around 20,000 children orphaned by Ebola. Many of these are still at risk of hunger, malnutrition and abuse. And there are thousands more children whose access to education is now critically at riskas a direct result of the disease.

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STREET CHILD HELPS 10,008 CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL

At the close of the first term after the traumatic nine-month school closure at the height of the Ebola crisis, Street Child is proud to reveal that it is has provided direct school support to over 10,000 Ebola-affected and street-connected children. Absent such support, these children were very unlikely to attend school, or if they had, their access would likely have been highly irregular.

5,580 of the children supported are Ebola Orphans – children who have lost at least one primary care-giver to Ebola. Adding in the 1,500 Ebola orphans Street Child has provided school support to in Liberia, Street Child has now helped over 7,000 children orphaned by Ebola return to school in West Africa.

All 10,008 children have received uniforms and stationary from Street Child.

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SEED ON TIME TO EVERY FARMING ORPHAN FAMILY IN SIERRA LEONE

Street Child has successfully completed a desperately needed nationwide programme delivering seed to every farming family caring for charity-supported Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone – just in time for the 2015 planting season!

In total 1,141 families from across the country, who are collectively supporting 3,996 orphans, received rice or groundnut seed in May and June for immediate planting. Families received varying amounts depending on the number of orphaned children they were supporting.

Street Child is committed to seeing every single Ebola orphan in family, in school and with that family able to independently and sustainably meet the child’s basic needs.

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