Sierra Leone, with its population of some six million, is located on the west coast of Africa bordered by Guinea to its north and east, by 291 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline to its west and south-west and Liberia to its south-east. Granted full independence from the United Kingdom in 1961, it suffered its first military coup in 1967 and then a period of relative stability until 1991 when civil war broke out; a war in which tens of thousands died and over one third of the population was displaced. By the time the war was declared over in January 2002, thousands of people, especially children, had been killed, tortured and maimed.
Infrastructure, including thousands of schools, had became just piles of rubble and the nation was emotionally scarred for generations not least the country's children, thousands of whom had been enforced under pain of death to become child soldiers. Thousands more became orphans and for many their lives are still desperate and lonely. Today Sierra Leone is in 177th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country with a life expectancy of under 48yrs. 40% of children under the age of five will die from Malaria; 40% of that age group are malnourished, 70% of the population live in poverty rising to 80% in areas most affected by the war; life expectancy is just 56%; 7.7% of all children die at birth; there are just 1.6 doctors for every 100,000 people and over one in five of all children under the age of five are underweight. Just over a third of the population can read and write, dropping to just 25% for females.
Child sponsor programs in Sierra Leone work with orphaned, disabled and abandoned children, access to health, nutrition and AIDS awareness programs, education access projects and vocational training for teenagers as well as counselling services. Other work is undertaken with the 8,300 externally displaced refugees still living along the border who fled neighbouring Liberia. You can help when you sponsor a child in Sierra Leone.
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