Sierra Leone

Amnesty International - Sierra Leone Section

Address: 16 Pademba Road, P.M.B. 1021, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 227 354
Fax: 232 22 222 053
Email: aislf@sierratel.sl
Internet:
Contact: Patrick N. John
Type of Organization: International / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1982
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees
Affiliations: UN Agencies / NGOs

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Promote and protect human rights through advocacy and human rights education.

Illustrative Project:

We have a pilot project for human rights education in 10 secondary schools in Freetown which has been operating effectively for two years.

Campaign for Good Governance

Address: 1 Richard Street, P.O. Box 1437, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 225 253
Fax: 232 22 228 896
Email: cgg@sierratel.sl
Internet:
Contact: Abdul Tejan-Cole
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1996
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Foreign donors
Affiliations: NFHR / NCP / West African Network for Peace Building

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To facilitate and encourage the full and genuine participation of all Sierra Leoneans in the political, social and economic processes of development in Sierra Leone.

Illustrative Project:

Documentation on human rights abuses, violation carried out during the ten year rebel war in Sierra Leone. The project has been adopted by the TRC in Sierra Leone to be used as evidence during the trial.

Catholic Youth Organization

Address: P.B. 86, Kenema, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 4 24 45
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: David K. M'Carthy
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Local
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1978
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To organize religious, educational, social and cultural programmes to meet the spiritual, mental and recreational needs of members.

Illustrative Project:

Training courses, retreats and Bible reflection; meetings; community service; cultural activities.

Centre for Coordination of Youth Activities

Address: 55 Campbell Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 7660 6419
Fax:
Email: ngolokatta@hotmail.com
Internet:
Contact: Ngolo Katta
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1998
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors / Other
Affiliations: National Forum for Human Rights / NCPB

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To provide training in leadership, peace building, skills development, community development, HIV/RHC. To coordinate the activities of youth organisations in Sierra Leone. To provide the opportunity for a coordinated approach to youth empowerment through building consultative mechanism among youths. To create a database of youth groups and their activities, for purpose of advocacy, policy issues, interventions and recognitions. To report on donor funded youth activities.

Illustrative Project:

Election period in Sierra Leone has been known for violence. It is against this violence the CCYA, Talking Drum Studio search for common ground and the National Democratic Institute decided to involve the youths into the election process in a non-violence manner by involving them to observe and monitor the voter registration process after 10 years of civil conflict. Produce a monthly production bulletin advocating youth empowerment "Youth Voice".

Current Evangelism Ministries, Women's Network for Peace

Address: 7 Siaka Stevens Street, Private Mail Bag 882, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 224 994
Fax: 232 22 224 439
Email: cemwomenwa@yahoo.co.uk / alansana@hotmail.com
Internet:
Contact: Mrs. Magdalena Maraiama Lansana, Coordinator
Type of Organization:
Members: Women
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget:
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Established amidst the armed conflict in Sierra Leone, CEM is an ecumenical consortium of approximately 67 indigenous churches, grass-roots agencies and Christian-inspired groups. The Woman At Risk Program supports rape victims, women amputees, battered women and war widows.

Destiny Agricultural Development Association

Address: 29 Big Waterloo St., Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 220 396
Fax: 232 22 220 406
Email: rfhr@sierratel.sl
Internet:
Contact: Foday D.M. Sesay
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1996
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations: International Law Group / Open Society Institute

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To enhance the social, economic and cultural well-being of the people in Sierra Leone. Mission statement: DADA-SL cognizant of the high prevalence of the political, economic and social ills in the rural societies of Sierra leone, is desired to address these ills through human rights education, awareness and sustainable community development programmes.

Illustrative Project:

Established a drug centre in Yeliboye Island, Samueldom, Kambid district  in 1999. Recommences the AFCOD clinic at Rokai in 2000. Formed local cooperatives within its membership in a form of revolving loan scheme in 1997 in Yeliboye. Mediated peace in a form of conflict resolution as a result of power struggle in the entire Samueldom in 2001. Implemented a project on farming through empowering farmers in the form of tools and seed supply. Carried out a lot of joint research on human rights violations.

Friends of Waldorf, Sierra Leone

Address: c/o NFHR, P.M.B. 1297, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone:
Fax:
Email: waldorfsl@yahoo.com
Internet:
Contact: Rev. J.A.T. Williams
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Urban
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1997
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Temne / Mende
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations: National Forum for Human Rights (NFHR)

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To access and provide opportunities for children to develop their potential to the maximum level of personal happiness and social usefulness and to create awareness amongst all strata of society on the rights of children and initiate realistic actions to support them.

Illustrative Project:

In collaboration with the Kola Tree community in Allen Town - Freetown, a free primary school has been established to provide basic quality education for the underserved and street children; workshops have been conducted as a result of which clubs to alleviate illiteracy, awareness and adherance to the fundamental rights of the child are observed and preached elsewhere.

Grassroots Empowerment for Self Reliance

Address: 7 Percival Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 226 224
Fax: 232 22 226 224
Email: gems-gems@hotmail.com
Internet:
Contact: Mrs. B. Bangura
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1998
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Network on Collaborative Peace Building / NFHR

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Grassroots Empowerment for Self Reliance is a human rights organization founded on the basis that basic social rights are basic human rights. GEM has concerned itself with undertaking project that benefit women, children and youths in underpreviledged communities. Examples of the projects include the sponsor of child programme, human rights workshops, sensitisation workshops, and peacebuilding workshops and training of community based animators.

Illustrative Project:

GEMS organized a two day workshop 18-19 May 2001 on peacebuilding and reconciliation for thirty participants. The workshop resulted in the formation of a community peace monitoring. This workshop catered to ex-combatants and war victims as well as traditional community leaders.

Grassroots Gender Empowerment Movement

Address: 57 John Street, P.M.B. 659, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 240 215
Fax: 232 22 240 809
Email: ggem@sierratel.sl
Internet:
Contact: Cecilia Decker
Type of Organization: National / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1979
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Earned income
Affiliations: CORDAID

Action Areas:

Purpose:

GGEM Services is a non-govermental organization that aims to contribute to the empowerment of women and to improve gender balances in the community and raising their social status. GGEM believes that respect for women and increased self-confidence and independence of women starts with the possibility of earning her own income. GGEM supports the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs through improved access to services both financial and non-financial.

Illustrative Project:

GGEM has set up gender focused small-scale enterprise and loan programmes for 10 community based organizations, in the western area, Port Loko and the Moyamba district. In 2002 the results of an independent external evaluator from the Netherlands shows that GGEM has indeed achieved the promotion of women's empowerment and strengthened more equally balanced gender relationships in their work areas in relation to the mission statement. GGEM has provided training services to a network of NGO's. Loan repayment stands at 96.8%.

Green Scenery

Address: Old Agriculture Building, Tower Hill, P.O. Box 278, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 766 22 317 / 01 979
Fax: 232 22 226 216
Email: gscenery@yahoo.com
Internet:
Contact: Joseph Rahall
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1989
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: National Forum for Human Rights (NFHR)

Action Areas:

Purpose:

We are an environmental and human resource management agency concerned with the protection of the environment from arbitrary abuse through civic education, peace building and human rights approach. We are also concerned with the management of natural and human resources.

Illustrative Project:

Green Forest Rehabilitation - Western area. We embarked on the rehabilitation of devastated forests in strategic locations around Freetown peninsula through the formation of Green clubs in twelve secondary school in the Western area. These Green clubs undertook the construction of forest tree nurseries in their respective secondary schools under our sponsorship and supervision. The seedlings from the nurseries were used in a tree planting campaign we successfully launched in the whole of the Western area.

Hands Empowering the Less Privileged in Sierra Leone

Address: 48A Charles Street, P.O. Box 724, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 227 421
Fax: 232 22 224 439
Email: help_sl@lycos.com
Internet:
Contact: Zainab I.M. Sheriff
Type of Organization:
Members: Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1996
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Sierra Leone Association of NGOs

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To assist vulnerable and war affected children, women and communities to achieve self-reliance.

Illustrative Project:

Reintegration assistance to vulnerable internally displaced women to return to their places of origin. Foster parent plan for orphans, seperated and exploited children. Micro-finance services to women groups. Food security and income generation activities.

Independent Youth Forum

Address: 3A Jomo Kenyatta Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 241 781
Fax:
Email: independentyouthforum@yahoo.com
Internet:
Contact: John Paul Bai
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 2002
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Krio / Limba / Madingo
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors / Local donors
Affiliations: Global Youth Action Network

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Independent Youth Forum (IYF) is an umbrella organization that operates in Sierra Leone. It is a non-sectoral and non-profit organization. The IYF strives to coordinate the activities of youth organizations in the country, provides training and support and advocates for the participation of  youth in the development of Sierra Leone.

Illustrative Project:

Concluded the setting up of youth structures country-wide; completed human rights and peace building training in all the twelve districts of Sierra Leone; have done an intensive voter registration and mobilization campaign nationwide.

International Christian Youth Exchange

Address: 19B Hannah Benka-Coker Street, Private Mail Bag 1048, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 24 14 85
Fax: 232 22 22 44 39
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Johnson Mensah
Type of Organization: National / Urban / Local
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1982
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To give African youth the opportunity to live and work in a foreign country for either one year or six months; to give European, Asian or American youth the opportunity to live and work in African Countries; to break through cultural, religious and racial barriers. 300 members.

Illustrative Project:

Training of young Africans by different national offices to spend a year abroad. The training involves preparation and assessment seminars. Running exchanges with European, Asian and American students in social projects, e.g. kindergarten, women's projects, environmental projects, disadvantaged people; identification of further African NGOs in different countries for future cooperation.

Kailahun District Development Foundation

Address: Old Agriculture Building, Tower Hill, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 229 661
Fax:
Email: aislf@siedrratel.sl
Internet:
Contact: F.M.B. Sawi
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1993
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Kissi
Source of Annual Budget:
Affiliations: WFP / NCDDR / UNHCR / UNAMSIL

Action Areas:

Purpose:

KADDF, a district-wide non-governmental organization offer the most viable institution framework for addressing the pervasive problems of poverty in the post war area. It articulates and decides upon the development priorities of the district. A clearinghouse for outside agencies interested in carrying out programmes in the district.

Illustrative Project:

Peace sensitization in Kailahun district, participants were selected, including paramount chiefs, the district council officials, CDF and RUF representatives. Resource persons from KADDF and the larger community came together to decide on sensitization strategy. Funding agencies such as NCDDR, UNAMSIL, etc. are approached for financial support. Meetings held in various towns about the importance of disarmament and total peace.

Manifesto' 99 Human Rights

Address: 63 Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 224 733
Fax: 232 22 227 848
Email: manifesto99@hotmail.com
Internet:
Contact: Abdul Rahim Kamara
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1999
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations: National Forum for Human Rights

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Monitoring compliance of Government and other parties to the Human Rights Manifesto for Sierra Leone. Monitoring compliance of Government to all international human rights and humanitarian law treaties to which the Government of Sierra Leone is party. Campaigning against all forms of human rights abuses. Training and advocacy on human rights issues and publishing an annual "State of Human Rights in Sierra Leone" report.

Illustrative Project:

Carried out research on behalf of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on socio-cultural arrangements of possible complementary value to the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Sierra Leone. The research focused on traditional methods of conflict resolution among the 14 ethnic groups of Sierra Leone.

Mano River Women's Peace Network / Réseau des femmes du fleuve mano pour la paix - Sierra Leone

Address: Department of Chemistry, Fourah Bay College, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 238 235
Fax: 232 22 224 260
Email: marwopnetsl@yahoo.com
Internet:
Contact: Dr. Nana Pratt
Type of Organization: Regional / National
Members: Women
Year Founded: 2000
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Other
Affiliations: MARWOPNET

Action Areas:

Mount Carmel / Church Women's Association

Address: 49a Siaka Stevens Street, P.M.B. 11, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 227 171
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Mrs. Sama Conteh
Type of Organization:
Members: Women
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

National Council for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency

Address: 47, Kissy Road, P. O. Box 409, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 80 80 / 22 31 90 / 22 35 88
Fax: 232 22 31 90 / 22 44 39
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Alhaji Sesay
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1989
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations: International Federation of NGOs Against Drug Abuse

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To prevent alcoholism, other drug addictions and related problems; to educate the public about alcoholism, other drug addictions and related problems; to advocate policies to reduce alcoholism, other drug addictions and related problems and for the treatment needs and rights of affected individuals, families and communities.

Illustrative Project:

The establishment of a Drug Abuse Information and Counselling Centre; a vocational/skills training center and  food crop substitution programme for drug plants.

National Forum for Human Rights

Address: Private Mail Bag 1297, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 220 406 / 220 396
Fax: 232 22 220 406
Email: afhr@sierratel.sl
Internet:
Contact: Paul James-Allen
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1996
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / creole
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors / Other
Affiliations: Amnesty International / Sierra Leone Association of NGOs

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To promote and protect human rights; to build a concerted voice of advocacy for human rights organisations and issues; to create appropriate network among Sierra Leonean human rights groups; to develop the culture of human rights.

Illustrative Project:

Participated in voter education and election monitoring in 2001-2002; undertaken sensitization for traditional ruler on the truth and reconciliation process in Sierra Leone; produce/publish annual human rights reports; organized training program for local human rights defenders; provided legal assistance to people who cannot afford costs

Nenneh's Children Fund for Sierra Leone

Address: 92 Campbell Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone, c/o 49 Crown Street, Suite 5B, Brooklyn, NY 11125, USA
Phone: 1 718 774 6367 / 24 20 70 / 774 63 67
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Remy Saunders
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1990
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: African Action on AIDS Inc.

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To take care of children who have lost their families and houses because of war or HIV/AIDS.

Illustrative Project:

To provide an academic programme for children from 3 to 6 years of age; food assistance, clothing and security.

Network Movement for Justice and Development

Address: 18 Big Waterloo Street, P.M.B. 798, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 229 937 / 223 378
Fax: 232 22 225 486
Email: nmjd@sierratel.sl
Internet:
Contact: Abu Brima
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1988
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Creole / Mende
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Partnership Africa-Canada / NFHR

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To facilitate the establishment of a people's development movement, empower the marginalised through animation to take up their developmental aspiration into their own hands. As an organisation involved in policy advocacy, it is engaged in policy analysis and reviews. It aims to engage policy makers on policy reviews, formulation and implementation that would promote and ensure respect for human rights.

Illustrative Project:

Through its policy advocacy programme unit, the organisation has been able to establish a national advocacy platform to facilitate and influence policy review or reformation as part of its just mining campaign. As a result, the government recently put into place a policy where .75 percent of the 3 percent paid to government from the sales of diamonds is made available to mining communities through a recently established community development fund. We have also presented to the government a position paper on the existing mining policy, concessions given to mining companies and support for small scale or artisanal mining.

Pentecostal Assembly of the World (Inc) Mission

Address: 433 Bai Burch Road, Allen Town, P.M.B. 884, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Bishop John K. Cole
Type of Organization: National
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Foreign donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Pujehun District Relief and Rehabilitation Agency

Address: P.O. Box 724, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 229 105
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: Provincial / Local / Community
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1993
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Earned income
Affiliations: Sierra Leone Association of NGOs

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To seek the welfare of the people of the district; to facilitate the relief of the returnee population from the psycho-social trauma and physical pains associated with the rebel war; to facilitate the resettlement of the returnee population in their respective communities; to facilitate the rehabilitation and reconstruction of damaged/destroyed social and physical infrastructure resulting from the rebel war.

Illustrative Project:

Organized the internally displaced persons (IDPS) from the district into income-generating groups; gara tye-dyeing and soap making for women and local cloth weaving.

Sierra Leone Adult Education Association

Address: Adult Education House, 90 Sanders Street, P.O. Box 705, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 242 276 / 215 714
Fax: 232 22 241 620 / 224 439
Email: sladeasec@hotmail.com
Internet:
Contact: Shecku K. Mansaray, Executive Secretary
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1978
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole / Themne
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors / Government / Sales
Affiliations: SLANGO / PADE / IIZ-DVV / EED / GTZ / UNICEF / FRC

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To reduce the high rate of illiteracy among adults in the non-formal sector; to enlist the co-operation and support of other NGOs with a view to motivating various forms of people's participation especially women and youth in national development; to achieve public recognition and support for non-formal education sector.

Illustrative Project:

SLADEA's Mediatory Skills Project (2003) was a one-year pilot project aimed at promoting peaceful coexistence among war victims, ex-combatants and returnees through training facilitators in conflict resolution skills (communication, nonviolent communication and mediation). These trained persons in turn disseminated their knowledge and effected change of behaviour through the use of acquired skills in their daily lives and by conducting training in their communities and organisations. Trainers of mediatory skills also learnt how to organise, carry out, report on project activities and account for funds. A resource book "SLADEA's Handbook for Mediation" with systematically structured information is published for use by the over 500 beneficiaries and trainers. The overwhelming success of this pilot phase has made the project an integral part of a nationwide literacy programme.

SLADEA's nationwide adult literacy programme (2004-2006) is currently implemented. It aims to contribute to human resource development by increasing the low percentage of active literate manpower and to provide a structured environment and access to non-formal education programmes to improve the living condition of learners, their families and communities. Beneath other results, by the end of the programme four Continuing Education Centers will be in operation, appropriate teaching and learning material will be developed and at least 1750 learners will have acquired knowledge and skills to develop, sustain and improve their lives.

Sierra Leone Association of Non-Government Organizations

Address: 14 J Wilkinson Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 233 680
Fax:
Email: slango@sierratel.sl
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1992
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To foster mobilisation and integration of NGO intervention effectively in the development of Sierra Leone by providing a mechanism for coordination.

Illustrative Project:

Training/Capacity building - we monitor and identify strengths and weaknesses of organisations. We then develop training programmes and implement. We have a trained a total of 320 NGO workers and 180 CBO workers since 1998 with funds provided from UNDP and CORD-AID Netherlands. Areas covered in the training include development concept, needs assessment, baseline surveys, proposal writing, project implementation, gender mainstreaming, budgeting, reporting, monitoring, evaluation and peace.

Sierra Leone Scout Association

Address: OAU Drive, Tower Hill, P.B. 781, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 22 65 41
Fax: 232 22 22 232
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Mallyveen Roy Johhnson
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban / Local
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1963
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Community Development

Humanitarian Issues / Disaster Relief

Training

Vocational Training

Youth

Purpose:

To effectively establish a national youth movement; to develop good citizenship among boys and girls; to train young people in habits of observation; to teach young people the value of loyalty, patriotism, creativity and responsibility. 9500 members.

Illustrative Project:

Vocational training in different principles, in particular agricultural skills (54 trainees), community development, humanitarian work among refugees and displaced persons, liaison with UN agencies, participation in national and international events.

Sierra Leone Women Development Movement

Address: 12, Soko-upper street, Kenema, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Bureh Musu
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1992
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors
Affiliations: Africare / UNICEF

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To socially and economically empower women and children in the Eastern province of Sierra Leone.

Illustrative Project:

Ben Hirsh Child Care Center: Since the war in Sierra Leone started in the Eastern region many families have been killed or separated. This has led to children being left alone to fend for themselves, i.e. begging and roaming the streets, having no place to live or food to eat.  The need to open a child care center became very imperative in order to cater to their needs. The Ben Hirsh Child Care Center was established and since it's opening, more than three hundred children have passed through the home. Some families have been traced and re-unified with their children and some orphans are being fostered by some of the members of the community.

Sierra Leone Youth Empowerment Organisation

Address: 24 Main Motor Road, Congo Cross, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 234 537 / 234 547
Fax: 232 22 234 547
Email: slye06@hotmail.com
Internet:
Contact: Charles B.P. Lahai
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1995
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Temne / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: National Youth Alliance for Peace and Development

Action Areas:

Purpose:

SLYED aims at increasing the capacity of young people and their opportunities for self development. It seeks to combat anti-social behaviour to promote positive citizenship.

Illustrative Project:

Empowering youth to build peace and promote food security in communities affected by severe conflict in Sierra Leone. The project is located in the Northern Province with funds provided by the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund (UK), Village Aid UK and NCRRR (Sierra Leone). The project has the following four components: Agriculture, Literacy Development, Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management, Conflict, Peace Building, Civil Education and Human Rights.

Social Awareness and Development Movement

Address: 6 Charlotte Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 221 569
Fax:
Email: sam9602@yahoo.co.uk
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Elderly
Year Founded: 1996
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Mende / Creole
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Open Society Institute / NFHR

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To help create awareness among our people. Organize the people and let them develop the idea of collective self-reliance work that will eventually lead to self-reliance in the process of developing their community. Work on human rights issues and collaborate with other organizations.

Illustrative Project:

A one-day workshop on the importance of the Truth and Reconcialiation Commission at Tombo community in June 2001. Also an implementing agency for DDR in Tombo and Goderich for ex-combatants on artisanal fishing since October 2000.

The Mother's Union - Sierra Leone

Address: Tower Hill, P.O. Box 726, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 222 615
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Mrs. Hastina Jalloh
Type of Organization: International / National
Members: Women
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Foreign donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone

Address: P.O. Box 33, Makeni, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 052 383
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Rev. S.D. Kanu
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1898
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Creole / Mende
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: American Wesleyan Mission

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Evangelism and church planting; community development through education, health, agriculture, environment, micro-enterprise development.

Illustrative Project:

Vocational training in health, agriculture, peace building and local communities.

Women's Network of the Methodist Church - Sierra Leone

Address: c/o P.O. Box 64, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 227 529 / 222 216
Fax: 232 22 227 539
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Mrs. Maude Peacock
Type of Organization: National
Members: Women / Youth
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Creole / Mende
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
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Purpose:

To organize religious, educational, social and cultural activities.

Illustrative Project:

Use religion as a tool for peace and development; organize seminars and workshop to build capacity.

You and Me Fourah Bay Development Organization

Address: 10, Abbot Street, Fourah Bay, Freetown, Sierra Leone
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Type of Organization: National
Members: Men / Women
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International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Creole / Mende
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Microcredit Summit

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Purpose:

Promote cooperation among people of different groups for peaceful development.

Illustrative Project:

Building skills for poverty eradication and peace-building.

Young Men's Christian Association - Sierra Leone

Address: 32 Fort Street, P.B. 243, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 22 36 08
Fax: 232 22 22 92 78
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Contact: Eben Whenzle
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Local
Members: Men / Youth
Year Founded: 1912
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Creole / Mende
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

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Purpose:

To organize, unite and develop local branches which are working in accordance with its basis and purpose; to fully participate in and interpret the work of the alliance of YMCAs. To develop sympathy, understanding, mutual respect and cooperation among all those who wish to become members of the organization. 1000 members.

Illustrative Project:

Sponsorship for displaced students (1500 sponsored in 1995); hostel services (over 2000 guests); sports festival for boxing (over 10000 participants); leadership training (100 volunteers trained in 1995); assisting branches in their organizational development.

Young Women's Christian Association of Sierra Leone

Address: National Headquarters, Bismarck Johnson Street, Brooksfield, P.O. Box 511,
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Phone: 232 22 240 383
Fax: 232 22 224 439
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Contact: Mabel M'bayo, National General Secretary
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1915
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Creole / Mende
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors / Local donors / Earned income
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To invite girls and young women of different traditions to become part of a worldwide fellowship through which they can grow as Christians; to offer leadership training for girls and women; to organize continuing education for early school leavers; to sensitize girls and women on gender issues; to contribute to the development of the communities.

Illustrative Project:

Training and awareness raising activities; training on income generating skills and business management (150 women and youth); vocational training (120 young people); pre-primary education; coordination of the Women's Forum in Sierra Leone.

Youth Development Association

Address: 25A Pademba Road, P.O. Box 100, Freetown, Sierra Leone
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Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth
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International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Creole / Mende
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Microcredit Summit

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Purpose:

To invite youth of different traditions to work together and know each other.

Illustrative Project:

Seminars and training to prevent conflict and generate skills for poverty eradication and development.

Youth Wing / Women's Wing

Address: c/o 37 Malama-Thamas Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone
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Type of Organization: National
Members: Young Women
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International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Creole / Mende
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Microcredit Summit

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