Plan International has been working in Sierra Leone for over 40 years. In this time, we have supported children and community members to go to school, stay safe from abuse and get good jobs.
In particular we have helped girls, young people and their allies to build their capacity to speak out and advocate for the elimination of violence against girls and women, female genital mutilation, child marriage and teenage pregnancy.
Our priorities include:
- Supporting children and young people to tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls and women
- Driving change in practice and policy and local and national level around the issues that children face
- Working with children and their communities to prepare for and respond to crises
- Supporting children to grow up in safe communities that respect their rights.
Girls save to stay in school
Girls from Sierra Leone are saving money through Plan International-backed groups to pay school fees and continue their education.
Sierra Leone mudslides: child safety a top priority
Plan International is working to protect the safety of children left vulnerable by the devastating mudslides in Freetown, Sierra Leone, that have claimed over 300 lives.
How youth triumphed in the Ebola disaster
Two years after the West Africa Ebola outbreak, Plan International Sierra Leone Youth Advisory Panel member Kamanda Kamara blogs about young people’s participation in the struggle to contain the virus, and how their brave work has contributed to lasting change in their communities.