Sierra Leone is located in North West Africa on the North Atlantic Ocean and bordered by the countries of Liberia and Guinea. The country was involved in a brutal 10 year civil war that ended in 2002 and resulted in the loss of many lives and the destruction of much of the country’s infrastructure. With a population of 5.5 million people and the country is made up of a number of different ethnic groups. The largest groups are the Temne and the Mende people. The Kriole people, making up approximately 2% of Sierra Leone’s population, are descendents of freed Jamaican slaves who settled in the Freetown area in the late-18th century.
According to the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) Sierra Leone ranked 180 out of 187. The HDI is a measure of well-being that looks at health, education and the standard of living. While the country is showing great improvement, especially in these last 10 years, 70% of the population live below the poverty line on $2 a day and over one quarter of the population are food-poor (less than $1 a day); in other words, they do not have enough to eat.
World Hope Canada is partnering with World Hope International-Sierra Leone to help communities live healthier and more productive lives, infused with hope for a better life. We are investing in communities through our seed loan program, educational support and health care program.
For more information on Sierra Leone consult “The World Factbook“.