We've just disbursed donations made in the past two months to Sierra Leone, where they will support our 5 Towns project. This work takes places in Kambia, Kailahun, Mile 91, Moyamba, and Pujehun, which are among the poorest communities in Sierra Leone - already one of the poorest countries in the world.
The 5 Towns program reduces poverty, increases living standards and, crucially, promotes access to education for street-connected children, through a holistic package of counselling, family reunification and mediation, and economic empowerment.
Obviously when Ebola hit the region, the project faced many challenges - yet became more vital than ever for children in vulnerable situations. So far, through this project we have worked with more than 1,000 children across the five towns, and supported almost 600 caregivers to set up a business, so they can turn a profit and afford education for their children.