CARE began work in Sierra Leone in 1961, initially focusing on school food programs to improve children’s nutrition. More recently, CARE Sierra Leone’s priorities have become economic development, food security and public health.
By understanding and addressing the underlying causes of poverty, we are focusing our efforts on long term goals to help the people of Sierra Leone improve their livelihood.
We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.
Not every marriage lasts forever, but early marriage has lifelong consequences for girls. By forcing a child into premature adulthood, early marriage thwarts her chances at education, endangers her health and cuts short her personal growth and development.
Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread – but least recognized – human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This violence is happening to our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters around the world.
This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.