Where?

Our work is focused in Sierra Leone, a nation about the size of South Carolina on the west coast of Africa. Sierra Leone ranks 183rd of 187 nations ranked by the Human Development Index. It was scarred by a brutal civil war from 1991 – 2002 and was at the center of the Ebola epidemic from  2013 – 15.

World Vision facts briefing on SL

World Vision statistics

Why Sierra Leone?

sierraleoneTen years ago, we knew almost nothing about Sierra Leone. We were invited to Sierra Leone in 2009, and that visit became a life-changing adventure. Both the great need there and the relationships we have built keep us going back. After beginning work with a church and an orphanage, we formed White Field Partners and obtained 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in 2013 in order to expand into a broader range of development initiatives.

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House of Hope

 

What Is it Like There?

There’s a lot more to the story, but this video will introduce you to Freetown, the capital city.


Tribal authority, culture, and language remain very strong.

Is the situation there changing?

Yes, the under-five mortality statistic has dropped to 18%. That’s a dramatic improvement, but still far too high. Sierra Leone is one of five countries to lead the table of biggest governance improvers, and has seen notable improvements in Safety & Rule of Law. Sierra Leone has made the list of the top five most-improved countries since 2000 on the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) although it is currently ranks 31st out of 52 African countries. Infrastructure improvements, particularly electrification and road construction are making a difference. Until Ebola hit in 2014, economic growth was projected at nearly 15%.