On 27th – 28th April 2018, GNRC–Sierra Leone distributed school learning materials to vulnerable children in Freetown. Forty five (45) children benefited from the charity with each child receiving school uniform, shoes and a school bag. The children were accompanied by their guardians to the event.
The activity sought to respond to GNRC’s priority area on ending child poverty as a step towards securing their future. By ending poverty, violence against children is also prevented and children’s resilience is built, leading to a just and peaceful nation. Poverty in Sierra Leone is widespread and has had devastating results on the people and its economy. According to Washington State University, 60% of Sierra Leone’s population live below the poverty line and is now officially the world’s poorest country.
Apart from supplying school learning materials, GNRC–Sierra Leone plans to contribute to the national campaign on ending poverty by educating the community on entrepreneurship skills to help them sustain their lives. GNRC also seeks to encourage and support the community to invest in agriculture and modern technology that can help shape the country’s progress in future.
“Today I am happy because I received new school materials, tomorrow I will wake up motivated towards full filling my dreams – of excelling in my school work.” – A beneficiary of the project.