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Sierra Leone

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

Children from Sierra Leone having fun | © Federico Saracini / HI

Our actions

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.

Areas of intervention

Latest stories

A devastating fire in Freetown leaves thousands homeless and in shock
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Emergency

A devastating fire in Freetown leaves thousands homeless and in shock

On the evening of 24 March 2021, a terrible fire burnt down the shanty town of Susan's Bay in Freetown, capital city of Sierra Leone. Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is providing psychological support to the victims.

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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Explosive weapons

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

From 27th to 28th November, Handicap International (HI) is organising a regional conference on the bombing of civilians. The Conference will take place in Maputo, Mozambique and aims to bring together some 20 States, 10 African civil society organisations and international NGOs. The goal is to raise awareness of this vital challenge among African countries and to encourage them to take action on the world stage to protect civilians from the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Handicap International helps victims as death toll from Freetown mudslides rises
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Emergency

Handicap International helps victims as death toll from Freetown mudslides rises

At least 500 people were killed by floods and landslides that hit the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, on Monday 14th August. A further 800 people have been reported missing. Handicap International (HI) and our partners in the region have launched an emergency response to support people in need.

Background

Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Sierra Leone

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

Where we work