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.

John Bishop visited Y Care International projects in Sierra Leone with Sport Relief.

John Bishop visited Y Care International projects in Sierra Leone with Sport Relief.

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.

Collecting youth voices in West Africa

Liberia, Sierra Leone

International Citizen Service

Finding solutions for slum communities

Sierra Leone

Health and wellbeing

Danny Dyer witnesses impact of Y Care International in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

West Africa declared free of Ebola virus

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

How you have helped tackle crises in 2015

Liberia, Myanmar, Sierra Leone

This year you've helped Y Care International and its YMCA partners respond to emergencies around the world.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

President of Sierra Leone thanks YMCA for Ebola response efforts

Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Sierra Leone declared free of Ebola virus

Sierra Leone

On the day Sierra Leone is declared Ebola free, meet the young heroes who helped stop the spread of the deadly virus. Photo: Sierra Leone/YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young people across Africa take action to make slums safer

Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo

Young people in slums are accessing clean water and sanitation, receiving training to find jobs and learning skills to have a greater voice in decisions that affect their lives.

Health and wellbeing

Reaching and keeping Ebola cases at zero in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Students at the YMCA vocational training centre in Bo, Sierra Leone. With your donations we have helped ensure hygiene facilities there are up to date.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

YMCA volunteers first to respond in fire emergency

Sierra Leone

YMCA Disaster Management Volunteers spring into action when a fire starts in their community and prevent it from spreading. Photo: Lizz Harrison/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

YMCA target schools to keep young people safe while Ebola continues

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone YMCA is increasing access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in six schools and providing psychosocial support and counselling to 800 school pupils. Photo: Lizz Harrison/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Sierra Leone YMCA ‘Zero Ebola Campaign’ a success

Sierra Leone

£6 could provide a megaphone and training to a young person to become a peer educator and help reduce the spread of disease.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Why ‘walking the walk’ on partnering with local organisations is so important

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Y Care International have been working with local YMCAs in Sierra Leone and Liberia since July 2014 to respond to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. Photo: Liberia YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

ICS volunteer wins photography competition after capturing landslide

Sierra Leone

Peter’s Ford’s picture at the site of a fatal landslide in Freetown Sierra Leone was the winning enrty in the ‘Environmental Action’ category. Photo: Peter Ford

Global Youth Work

Notes from the field: Ebola and lessons under the mango tree

Sierra Leone

David teaching a small number of kids whose schools have been closed following the outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone, Photo: David Nana

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Ebola response: 5 reasons why YMCAs have been so effective

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Over 150,000 people have been reached with key information on the symptoms or Ebola, how it is spread and what to do to avoid it. Photo: Liberia YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young volunteers still at the forefront in the fight against Ebola

Liberia, Sierra Leone

You've helped young people act now to fight the spread of Ebola. Donate online today or text EBOL35 to 70070 and £10 so we can keep reaching people at risk of the deadly Ebola virus. Photo: Helen Frost/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young people are breaking the Ebola transmission cycle

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Peer education in action. Young volunteers trained by Liberia YMCA engaging community members with information on Ebola, its symptoms and ways to keep safe. Photo: Liberia YMCA.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Sierra Leone YMCA join multi-agency response to Ebola outbreak

Sierra Leone

Community training on Ebola prevention measures by peer educators in the Oloshoro community, Sierra Leone. Photo: Sierra Leone YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Ebola update: YMCAs still fighting outbreak in communities

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

YMCA increase response to largest ever Ebola outbreak

Sierra Leone

A young peer educator trained by Sierra Leone YMCA holding a workshop on prevention measures local communities can take to stop the virus. Photo: Sierra Leone YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Thousands reached with health information to stop Ebola virus

Sierra Leone

A young peer educator trained at Sierra Leone YMCA raising awareness about the Ebola virus among school children in the Oloshoro community. Photo: Sierra Leone YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Change our world by volunteering overseas

Bangladesh, Guatemala, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, UK & Ireland

In Sierra Leone, we support the YMCA transform the lives of young people from slum communities. You can apply to volunteer for a project like this today. Photo: Nile Sprague

International Citizen Service

Triathlon fundraiser inspired by trip to Sierra Leone slums

Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo

Health promotion by young people helps to ensure that cholera prevention kits are easily available at the Y Care International supported community centre in Dwarzack, Freetown.

Health and wellbeing, Enterprise & Employability

Sierra Leone YMCA named ‘best youth serving organisation’

Sierra Leone

Health and wellbeing, Enterprise & Employability

Young people promote peaceful elections

Sierra Leone

Youth Justice

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