HI works in Sierra Leonne to ensure access to education for all, including children with disabilities. We also work to improve the quality of life and mental health of people suffering from psychosocial distress or living with a mental health disorder.
Children from Sierra Leone having fun | © Federico Saracini / HI
In 1996, HI launched its first activities in the country with the opening of a rehabilitation center in Bo. Since then, HI has been instrumental in building the foundation of rehabilitation work, promoting the agenda of inclusive education, protection and mental health in Sierra Leone through various projects.
HI has also responded to the major health emergencies of the last decade including the Ebola outbreak from 2013 to 2015 and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Since its first mission in 1996, HI has reach out to tens of thousands of people including people with disabilities, girls, children and women who needed the support to alleviate the sufferings due to lack of access to services and social injustice.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.
Sierra Leone has known several periods of crisis - it was ravaged by a civil war that lasted from 1991 to 2002 and in the spring of 2014, was severely affected by an Ebola epidemic.
The adult literacy rate in Sierra Leone in 2018 was reported at 43.21%. Progress has been made with access to education over the past decade but certain groups, including children with disabilities remain excluded. About 67.4% of children with disabilities are enrolled in primary school but only 6.2% are enrolled in senior secondary.
Persons with disabilities in Sierra Leone experience physical, social, economic and cultural barriers that refuse them access to education, skills development and employment. With regards to gender, girls with disabilities experience greater exclusion and injustices in Sierra Leone.
Number of HI staff members: 66
Date the programme opened: 1996