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Sierra Leone partnership

Kailahun health project

Sierra LeoneThis project is now closed to new partners

This exciting new initiative is seeking to improve the quality of emergency care services to communities located close to Sierra Leone's eastern border in the Kailahun District.

Sierra Leone is one of the least developed countries in the world and the quality of health care available to most people is very poor. It has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates, and over 60% of the population is illiterate.

Although the government established a health care system shortly after the end of the civil war in 2003, little has been done to develop medical services in rural areas like Kailahun, one of the regions worst hit by the war.

Women and girls in particular continue to suffer from lack of access to education, training and health services. They remain the most impoverished and vulnerable members of society.

Through this project, two Christian Aid partners, the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone and SEND-West Africa, are working with local institutions and communities to increase the quality of care offered to mothers and babies at two local hospitals and more generally improve health services in the area. 

Work is already underway. A baseline survey of health services has been completed and a local theatre group is working on a short drama to communicate the aims of the project to local communities.

You can make a real difference to the health care available to women and children in Kailahun by joining our recently launched health partnership project. Your gifts (at least £5,000 from your group) will be matched 3:1 by the EU, turning it into £20,000. 

To find out more about community partnerships and how you can make your fundraising go further, contact your local office or email cpartnership@christian-aid.org


Ongoing partnerships 


Pujehun project

This project is now closed to new partners

The Pujehun partnership has been running since February 2010 and will run for three years. 

Sierra Leone In the Southern Province of Sierra Leone less than 46% of the population has access to safe sources of drinking water and 52% do not have access to any toilet facilities.

The current projects in the Pujehun district focus on water hygiene and sanitation and though are at an early stage, RADA hopes to extend their reach across all communities in real need. 

Throughout Pujehun District, the same water sources are used for toileting, washing, cooking and drinking. This causes diarrheal diseases such as dysentery, the third highest cause of death among under five year olds.

This project is working to provide clean and safe water for communities in real need. The gifts we will receive will be matched 3.5:1, turning £5,000 into almost £21,000. 


Bonthe project

This project is now closed to new partners

The Bonthe partnership has been running since April 2009 and will run for four years. The projects focus on tackling the most important needs in two different communities in the south of the country: good food and clean water. 

Sierra Leone Most people in Sierra Leone are dependent on farming, but for virtually all of them this is 'subsistence' agriculture. This means just about enough food is grown to feed the family a very basic diet. 

This partnership helps members of the community to get the most from their land and farm to not only feed their family, but have enough left over to sell and make money.  

Your gifts to this vital work, in a desperately poor country, are transforming people's lives. 

 This partnership is also supported by the EU, matching your gifts 3.5:1.

Please make sure your gifts for both the Bonthe and Pujehun partnerships are with Christian Aid by 31 October 2012.  

To find out more about community partnerships and how you can make your fundraising go further, contact your local office or email cpartnership@christian-aid.org

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