Sierra Leone, a lush tropical country on the west coast of Africa that boasts beautiful beaches, picturesque mountains, and some of the richest natural resources and mineral deposits (including diamonds) in the world, is one of the poorest countries in the world. It consistently ranks as one of the least developed countries on the United Nations Human Development Index. Sierra Leone was embroiled in a devastating civil war in which tens of thousands of people were killed. The war destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure and has left lasting scars, most notably on the children—leaving 320,000 children orphaned.
Most people in Sierra Leone live in rural farming communities. A typical family dwelling in a village is a mud-walled home with a dirt floor and a thatched roof.
We are currently working with Mallory Jansen Memorial School (preschool through high school) to provide uniforms and shoes for 685 students with a total need of $10,000.
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