Sierra Leone: Sponsor a Student
Impact an economy – From just £20 a month you can assist in supporting the running costs of our vocational college in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone was devastated by civil war from 1991 to 2002 and then was further hit by Ebola in 2014. This has had devastating impact on the economy and lives of ordinary people. Most families have been affected by one or both of these disasters.
I am 20 years old. My parents, my brothers and all my sisters except one have died. I did not go to school because there is no money for my fees. I’ve had to break stones to support my daughter. I am so happy because of this opportunity. I want to learn something that will help me in the future and to support my family.
Vocational Training in Sierra Leone
T4U, in partnership with the Yams Farm Community, are supporting a Vocational Training Centre in Freetown aimed at providing opportunities to learn a trade for disadvantaged young women who have had no or little education.
Currently we have 32 students enrolled in either catering, tailoring or hairdressing. Most of the students are young single women with their own children and almost no reading or writing ability. Typically they support themselves through manual labour such as breaking rocks in the local quarry, collecting and selling firewood or selling fish by the roadside.
Learning a trade can give these young women a sustainable livelihood and remove them from the vulnerability of the streets. This college is providing these women with an opportunity to help re-build the fragile economy of Sierra Leone and help 32 families make a life for themselves.