What We Do
Save the Children is seeking solutions to the challenges faced by children in Sierra Leone through our development and humanitarian work. In 2012 we reached 220,915 children directly and 1,759,621directly (Basic Country Information) with our work across Kailahun, Pujehun, Western Urban (12 City sections Rokupa, Kuntolar, Susan’s Bay, Mabella, Kroo Bay, Grey Bush, Murray Town, Aberdeen, Cockle Bay, Hill Station, Wilberforce). SC will reach children nationally through CRG, and the implementation of global advocacy and campaigns.
Our current Country Strategic Plan covers 2016-18 and sets out our Overall objectives in five core thematic areas:
- Health and Nutrition
- Child Poverty
- Child Protection
- Child Rights Governance
Survive: SC will focus on girls and boys under the age of 5 years, with a special focus on new-borns and infants in the communities and families who are most deprived and vulnerable to public health issues and threats to survival. This will include Ebola survivors and their families.
Learn: By advocating for improved access to learning SC will aim to reach all girls and boys across Sierra Leone, not only through traditional and formal education but through creative learning environments and tools. Priority will be on getting the most marginalised children (out of school children, children whose parents or care givers have died due to EVD, street children, child mothers, child-headed households and children from poor households in remote rural areas and urban slum communities) to return to school, stay in school and learn.
Be protected: SC will strive to work with the hidden children in society including those in kinship care or harder to reach communities and slums, out of school children, and those who have been impacted by the recent Ebola crisis. SC will protect them by strengthening community protection and safeguarding structures and linking these with more formal protection systems and services. Gender differences related to children’s vulnerability will be explored and integrated into our programming to serve the needs of boys and girls.
Across all programming: through our advocacy and campaigns SC aims to achieve health, education and protection improvements for all children in Sierra Leone, including child Ebola survivors, by empowering children and CSO’s to hold government to account for their provision of essential services.
Sierra Leone is currently in an ongoing EVD outbreak. Although hopes are for this outbreak to be over by 2016, it is difficult to predict how the tail of the epidemic in Sierra Leone and its neighbours Liberia and Guinea will manifest itself. In an outbreak of such unprecedented scale and geographical reach, no previous experience exists to anticipate the patterns and best approaches for eradicating the last pockets of infection.
SC in SL is committed to continuing emergency response and support to the government in maintaining the fight until EVD is eradicated in the region. Our response and support will continue SC are confident that a resurgence of cases is unlikely. Even at that time our projects will maintain an element of community surveillance support, disaster risk reduction and resilience building, particularly in children. As the country commences its early recovery planning, our projects will support district councils and ministry departments to plan appropriately and implement with partners. SC with partners will use our CERA as a platform to strengthen the voice of children and enable them to monitor progress of the government.
SC will improve the holistic integration of our projects and activities to ensure that children benefit from a range of interventions and strengthened services that are appropriate to them and not in silos activities. To achieve this, our teams will listen to each community of children individually in order to understand their needs and situations better and provide targeted assistance. SC believes in a full spectrum approach to addresses the rights of children as well the range of phases from emergency through to development.
Our programmes will provide a specific focus on hidden children particularly those affected by the EVD, in urban slum communities, and harder to reach communities in our rural and peri-urban districts. These children are often ignored or left off the agenda because they are difficult and costly to reach.
The government of SL is starting to recognize Civil Society as a key player in democratic processes, creating a more enabling environment for local organizations to flourish. Major challenges for many CSOs, (including SCI partners) however are their weak internal systems and governance structures as well as their limited technical capacities. During the Ebola recovery period, SC will focus on capacity strengthening of our core local partners for them to become strong, well-managed organizations that function as change agents