Since 2003, Christian Aid Sierra Leone has been receiving funding from Irish Aid to strengthen citizens’ capacity and opportunities. The project aims to transform public policy making and natural resource governance, so it is more in the people’s interests. We particularly work on inequality issues around land rights, mining, oil and gas, access to basic services, and tax justice, and to ensure civil society space is maintained or widened.
The project has recently been extended for four more years until 2020. In this post-Ebola recovery period and beyond Christian Aid Sierra Leone will implement, through its five partners, activities that will deliver change on all three of Irish Aid’s objectives – accountable governance, tackling violence and building peace, and gender.
The Start Network Fund has supported health logistics in nine districts, complementing government efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak as well as raising community awareness about the disease.
Promoting Sustainable Environmental Governance through Innovative Partnerships
This European Commission-funded project provides information on the environment and climate change to people in 14 districts. This nurtures a better understanding of the link between individual actions and the impact on the environment and the changing climate. This project reaches close to four million Sierra Leoneans with various messages on the environment and climate change, using radio, social media, community dialogue sessions and school activities.
Zochonis Charitable Trust
Ebola exposed the weakness of the health system in Sierra Leone and reversed several years of positive progress in improving health systems and services in the country, particularly around maternal and child health, HIV and malaria.
Working with our partners in Kono and Kailahun districts, this three-year project seeks to address the extensive need for improved service delivery in rural areas. We recognise that there is a need to not just increase demand for health services, but also to ensure that local health services can meet the increased demand.
This three-year grant will focus on increasing demand for health services and improving government accountability in Pujehun district. Rebuilding trust between communities and health professionals and returning health services to pre-Ebola levels will entail ensuring that community health posts are resourced to provide quality service delivery.
Early Recovery – Rehabilitation Phase
The Rehabilitation Phase of Christian Aid’s response to Ebola in Sierra Leone will continue until December 2017. The goal is to support health promotion, strengthen local capacity of PHUs rehabilitated under our emergency appeal and advocate for the quality and accessibility of the health system for men, women, young people and children.
Communities will be supported to report health cases for earlier treatment, reducing morbidity and mortality of preventable diseases.
Sustainable Skills and Empowerment Project for Youth in Kono District – Turing Foundation
This project helps improve young peoples’ lives by providing quality vocational training, career opportunities and improved livelihood options in Kono District, eastern Sierra Leone. Two hundred and fifty youths will be equipped with basic knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship, small-scale business management, communication and partnership-building skills.