Sierra Leone suffers regular outbreaks of epidemics, such as the Ebola crisis. This strains a health system struggling to recover from the effects of a decade of conflict.
Young people in Sierra Leone
Although Sierra Leone’s civil war ended in 2002, its impacts continue to affect young people across the country.
More than half Sierra Leone’s population was displaced during the conflict, meaning hundreds of thousands of children missed out on a decent education. Access to vocational training after school continues to be poor for most. As a result, more than 90 per cent of young people in employment work in the informal sector with many living in poverty despite having jobs.
More recently, the Ebola outbreak had a significant effect on Sierra Leone’s economy, forcing businesses to close and devastating the agricultural sector. Many businesses now offer young employees fewer hours, further reducing household income.
Our work in Sierra Leone
Y Care International supports Sierra Leone YMCA to help the country’s most vulnerable young people to lift themselves out of poverty. Working in city slums and remote rural areas, we create opportunities through entrepreneurship and employment.
We help young people to become healthy and productive entrepreneurs or employees by providing access to clean water, and ensuring health information and services are youth friendly.