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Our Programs in Sierra Leone


CHILD PROTECTION

We aim to protect children from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence in Sierra Leone. We intend to provide critical services in the aftermath of disasters and emergencies. The primary objective of our Child Protection Program is to assist the most vulnerable children in Sierra Leone, while advocating for the safety and well-being of all children. We will collaborate with different levels of governments, international organizations and local community partners to influence policies and services that protect children.

FAMILY SUPPORT

We intend to provide services that strengthen parenting practices and the healthy development of children. Our Family Support Program is driven by community members who organize around a particular concern or issue, such as access to prenatal care or the desire to break down the social isolation experienced by many parents. The program is open to all families, recognizing that all families reserve support. The values of mutuality, democratic participation and responsiveness to local issues are very important to our organization. We strongly believe that a healthy parent means a healthy child.

POVERTY REDUCTION

The Sierra Leonean Canadian Federation (SALCAF.org) intends to reduce poverty through a number of programs such as microfinance which involves a small loan to a person in need, who repays it over time. The repaid loan can then be recycled and used over again. We aim to utilize a modern, hybrid form of savings and credit based microfinance that relies heavily on local community leaders and an innovative use of technology. With the help of local community leaders, we can identify the people that are in need of microfinance to start a small business. For many Sierra Leoneans, microfinance is a movement with the object of helping low-income households have easy access to quality financial services including credit, savings, insurance and fund transfers.

CHILDREN EDUCATION

The Sierra Leonean Canadian Federation (SALCAF.org) supports education programs for children in Sierra Leonean given that education is the road that children follow to reach their full potential in life. It is very important to us that every child in Sierra Leone gets a quality education. Education is a powerful tool for breaking the cycle of poverty; supporting child survival, growth, development and well-being; and closing the gap in social inequality. Every child, including the world’s most disadvantaged, has the right to an education because it has the power to change lives (Article 28, Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989). We want to ensure that children don't stop learning during a crisis, and we aim to keep the children engaged so they don't fall behind or drop out of school.

VOCATIONAL TRAINING

Our Vocational Training Program is intended to equip the youths with the defined competencies (and even certification or licensing) required to pursue a specific position—like hairstylist, construction electrician, or chef. Our program provides training in a range of fields that are vital to today's society. From health care to business to beauty to skilled trades—and everything in between—this program can help the youths gain career-specific skills and knowledge related to a variety of occupations. The program is developed with a strong focus on career readiness and generally contain significant hands-on training and opportunities for obtaining real-world experience.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE

We strive to assist individuals and communities in Sierra Leone that may experience losses due to disasters such as floods, disease outbreaks, drought, and riots. Our Disaster Assistance Program involves dealing with and avoiding risks and preparing, supporting, and rebuilding society when natural or human-made disasters occur. Our process of emergency management involves four phases: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. In general, any emergency management is the continuous process by which all individuals, groups, and communities manage hazards in an effort to avoid or limit the impact of disasters resulting from the hazards. Actions taken depend in part on perceptions of risk of those exposed.

CLEAN WATER PROJECTS

Our Water Projects help increase access to safe drinking water in a number of communities in Sierra Leone. Access to safe water combined with adequate sanitation and hygiene promotion are required to maintain the well-being of our communities. Inadequate drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene contribute substantially to diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, malaria, and legionellosis. As a result, the Sierra Leonean Canadian Federation (SALCAF.org) intends to collaborate with local communities, government, and international organizations to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases and help improve hygiene and sanitation standards in Sierra Leone.

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY

The Sierra Leonean Canadian Federation (SALCAF.org) intends to directly engage in promoting and advocacy activities at the international level to improve the human rights record of Sierra Leone. Human rights are the fundamental rights and freedoms that belong to every single one of us. Human rights are not just about the law. They are also about the decisions we make and situations we experience on a daily basis. In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) for all people and all nations. In the UDHR, the United Nations stated in clear and simple terms rights that belong equally to every person. These rights belong to you. Familiarize yourself with them. Help to promote and defend them.

NUTRITION & FOOD

The Sierra Leonean Canadian Federation (SALCAF.org) intends to work with local communities and schools to deliver healthy food and food education. Good nutrition can help prevent disease and promote health. There are six categories of nutrients that the body needs to acquire from food: protein, carbohydrates, fat, fibers, vitamins and minerals, and water. We strongly believe that every Sierra Leonean should have easy access to affordable high-quality fresh food. Nutrition is the process by which the body nourishes itself by transforming food into energy and body tissues. The science of nutrition concerns everything the body does with food to carry on its functions. Food provides essential substances called nutrients. The body needs these nutrients to help it make energy; to grow, repair, and maintain its tissues; and to keep its different systems working smoothly. Nutrition is important for all organisms. As a result, we hope to promote a healthy eating habit in schools, and support local farmers to grow organic food.

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    Help us save a life today...

    "Be part of a change in Sierra Leone. You may feel like a drop in the bucket, but every drop counts. Your donation will enable us to deliver critical, life-saving relief.
    Don’t turn away, give today so others can live.”

    Zainab Bah, Chair - Board of Directors

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    So much to do...

    "Dirty water and hygiene issues are the main causes of diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid in Sierra Leone.
    Improving access to clean water and toilets will help to reduce the risk of disease outbreaks.”

    Isata T. Kargbo, Board of Director

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    Giving love...

    "It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
    We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

    Rogers Kanu, Board of Director

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    Helping others...

    "There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
    The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.”

    Musa S. Kargbo, Secretary General

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    Benevolence, charity, compassion, kindness...

    "The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
    As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.”

    Joseph Lakoh, Chief Advisor

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    Help is needed...

    "It is our responsibility to alleviate the suffering of Sierra Leoneans. Our organization aims to bring urgent assistance to the most vulnerable families. Help us end poverty.
    Donate now and support our humanitarian cause.”

    Abdul Karim Kargbo, Governance Coordinator

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