Located on the Atlantic Coast of West Africa, Sierra Leone is a constitutional republic with a multi-ethnic and religiously tolerant population of 7 million people. Devastated by a civil war from 1991-2002, and more recently by the 2014 Ebola outbreak which crippled the health system and stunted economic growth, Sierra Leone remains one of the poorest countries on earth. Nonetheless, the economy recovered in the wake of the Ebola crisis and is expected to post growth of 5.4% in 2017. You can read more about Sierra Leone here.

Since 2015 we have supported We Are The Future, a project which provides lunches for 230 children each day who attend the kindergarten, elementary school and youth centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The project transformed a barren piece of land into a garden to grow food, and constructed a kitchen and dining room. Academic grades have rocketed since the kitchen opened.

Please support our Square Meal Appeal so we can continue to provide these children with a healthy lunch every day.

We Are The Future, Freetown

We Are The Future

A disadvantaged start

The project provides daily meals to the children at the We Are the Future kindergarten and primary school in Freetown, Sierra Leone. These children come from poor fishing communities where families have lost most of their income due to the Ebola outbreak that has devastated the country and its economy

Sierra Leone was ravaged by Ebola, then crushed by the recession that followed. More recently, more lives were lost to the dramatic landslides. Today, 2/3 of households continue to be food insecure.  The country is making great steps to educate its young population, 41.7% of whom are under 15, but this is hampered by a shortage of schools and teachers, and a general lack of resources.

Feeding minds and stomachs

We Are The Future provides daily meals to the 230 children at the WAF kindergarten and primary school, in Freetown, the capital. Children at the WAF Centre primary school used to come to school on an empty stomach, others used to drop out to help their families "put food on the table”. So the school lunch project began in September 2016, after the WAF school transformed a patch of barren land into a garden to grow food and built a kitchen and dining room, and 150 pupils were served their first school lunch.

The WAF kitchen uses the fruit and vegetables grown in the garden to provide well-balanced, nutritious meals. By having at least one healthy meal per day, children can focus on their studies and play.Grades have rocketed and absence from class is at an all-time low. Children’s nutritional status has improved and, consequently, so have their overall health and cognitive development. This also offers relief to their caregivers.

Families starting their own gardens

The children help to grow some of the food in the school’s garden, so they and their families can see the link between planting seeds and eating food. Some families have even started urban gardens at home.

Derick Smith was a student in Class 3, who was often either absent or sleeping in class, too tired because his stomach was empty. Now his reading and writing has improved and he is wide awake for lessons.The difference was so dramatic that his father even went to school to find out what had brought about such a miraculous change!

You can help us help students like Derick, by supporting our Square Meal Appeal today!

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