Founded in 2009, We Yone Child Foundation – Sierra Leone (WYCF) is a non-profit NGO working for the improvement of the lives of children.
Where We Are
Sierra Leone is located in West Africa, sharing borders with Guinea, Liberia, and the Atlantic Ocean. The capital city is Freetown.
The climate is tropical, hot and humid. The rainy season runs from May to October, and the dry season from November to April. Between December and January, the country is affected by the cold and dusty Harmatan winds.
The country was devastated by a brutal, decade-long civil war from 1991 to 2002, which brought the country’s development to a halt. Having come a long way in recovering since the end of the armed conflict, Sierra Leone still faces many challenges ahead.
Problems of poor infrastructure reflect on health care, education, water and sanitation services, energy supply, and roads. Although the rapid population growth in Freetown poses severe pressure on the ecosystem and comes in hand with impoverishment, poverty is widespread in the rural and urban areas outside the capital as well.
We operate in two communities in Freetown:
This is a buzzing slum community in Central Freetown – home to around 6,000 people. There are two primary and junior-secondary schools in the community, one of which is assisted by WYCF.
The community engages in diverse and usually ‘informal’ economic activities and is comprised of a mix of faiths and ethnicities with intricate social connections.
Kroo Bay is crossed by two rivers which lead to frequent and hazardous flood events during the rainy season. In addition, Kroo Bay suffers from problems ranging from unemployment and poor health to high-infant mortality and political marginalisation.
About 5,000 people live in this beautiful hillside community. There are now two primary schools in the community, one of which is run by WYCF.
There has been no urban planning since the area was occupied by internally displaced people, mostly from the Northern Province, during the civil war. From the George Brook football pitch, the only way to move further up the hill is by foot through rocky paths. These are extremely dusty in the dry season and muddy and slippery during the monsoons. During the rains, all rubbish and waste gets washed to the centre of Freetown, into Kroo Bay, and into the sea.
We see this as a physical and symbolic connection between George Brook and Kroo Bay. Ultimately, the children all play in the same dirty water.
The transportation access reflects the lack of basic services, and the inadequate access to clean water and sanitation means people regularly suffer from preventable diseases.
WYCF focuses on improving the poor standard of education and health of children, attempting to develop a happy and dignified learning environment.
Who We are
- Santigie Bayo Dumbuya – Founder and Programme Director
- Nick Mason – Sponsorship Manager
- Sara Portugal – Partnership Officer