HI has been working in Sierra Leone since 1996. Our first projects were launched to support the victims of one of the most brutal wars in Africa’s recent history, which left thousands of child soldiers traumatised and around 20,000 people maimed as a result of attacks.
When the Ebola epidemic hit Sierra Leone in 2014, HI opted to increase its presence in the country, so that it could continue to provide its expertise in emergency humanitarian operations and protection of the most vulnerable.
Until the end of the epidemic, in March 2016, the organisation managed a fleet of ambulances covering the entire Freetown region (the country’s capital). After Sierra Leone was declared Ebola free, HI supported the survivors through specific rehabilitation care to alleviate their chronic pain.
Since then, HI has resumed its activities in the area of inclusive education, currently running threefour projects that work towards ensuring access to education for all and our project, ‘Touching Minds, Raising Dignity’ is helping people facing mental health challenges. with a focus on children with disabilities and children affected by the Ebola epidemic.