Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

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.


Our Work in Sierra Leone

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.


By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from LiberiaSierra Leone

Ebola Outbreak: Spreading Economic Opportunities Amidst Crisis

Ebola Outbreak: Spreading Economic Opportunities Amidst Crisis

The outbreak of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone and Liberia did not just infect and kill thousands of people. It brought these West Africa countries to a standstill. Entire communities were quarantined. Borders were sealed off. Markets closed. People were confined to their homes. This devastating disease was not only robbing people of their lives, but also of their livelihoods.

In many communities, the devastation would have been even more severe if not for something else that was spreading relentlessly through the countryside: CARE’s Village Savings and Loan Associations, or VSLAs...

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Women Must be at the Center of Ebola Response

Today a major international donor conference is taking place in Brussels to plan the rebuilding of Ebola hit countries. Having just recently returned from Sierra Leone and Liberia, I would like...

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Don’t Touch: Life in Ebola Stricken Sierra Leone

Don’t touch.” I hear this slogan over and over again here in Sierra Leone. I am on a visit with my colleagues from CARE Sierra Leone and our regional office for Western Africa to meet...

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Ebola Cases Reach More Than 20,000

For those living in West Africa, Ebola is a terrifying part of daily life. New numbers released from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday show Ebola has infected 20,081 people and killed 7,842. There have been close to 400 new cases in just four days. And TIME reports that the epidemic may last a full second year.

Residents are prisoners in their own homes. Children aren't going to school. Adults are afraid to go...

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Ebola: Robbing Lives and Livelihoods

The smell of boiling bananas fills the air as Musu Sesay prepares banana cakes that she hopes her teenage daughter will be able sell for some desperately needed income. She worries about her daughter’s safety now that she has to sell the cakes to rowdy men in the neighborhood. Musu wishes that she could do the selling herself like she’s always done. But she must stay home with the younger children to assure they don’t wander into a nearby Ebola-quarantined home. Living in Sierra Leone, this is the new reality for Musu and her family.

No one in Musu’s family has been infected with...

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Orphaned by Ebola: A Life in Limbo

While assessing the effects of Ebola on the lives of children in Moyamba district, Southern Sierra Leone, I met 17-year-old Josephine Ngagba. Her story broke my heart. But it also...

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CNN - Cost of containing Ebola on the rise (video)

CARE Pres. and CEO, Dr. Helene Gayle, discusses the dangerous economic fallout from West Africa's Ebola outbreak.

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Ebola Outbreak: CARE Enacts Preventative Measures in Sierra Leone, Liberia

CARE staff warns the outbreak will have a lasting negative impact on vulnerable communities

ATLANTA — To help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, the global humanitarian organization CARE is greatly limiting the group meetings that are core to its microfinance, health and sustainable agriculture work in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The restrictions, while necessary, only add to the concern from CARE staff on the ground who say the outbreak is exacting a steep economic, health and emotional toll that will be felt for...

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CBS 46 - Local humanitarian group urges staff to use caution

Medical teams in west Africa treated patients infected with Ebola as they tried to prevent the disease from spreading.

In Washington, D.C., Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, told lawmakers the CDC is on its highest alert level.

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Challenging Gender-based Violence Worldwide: CARE's Program Evidence

Stategies, Results and Impacts of Evaluations 2011 - 2013

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