CARE established its office in Sierra Leone in 1961.
From 1991 Sierra Leone¬†was subjected to¬†more than a decade of brutal civil war which ravaged the already poverty-stricken country. About four-fifths of the population lives in absolute poverty, forced to survive on less than 60p a day.
CARE now focuses its work in Sierra Leone improving food and livelihood security, facilitating youth and community involvement in decision making and improving healthcare.
Diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS are major causes of death. Life expectancy at birth in Sierra Leone is approximately 42 years.
In January 2002, the parties involved in the conflict declared peace, and over 500,000 people who were forced to flee during the war have returned to their homes.
CARE aims to¬†involve communities and local organisations to participate¬†in¬†making decisions¬†that affect them. For example, working to influence¬†local government decisions about education services.
CARE is working to improve healthcare in the country. We¬†are carrying out widespread immunisation, improving nutrition, and providing malaria treatment.
CARE is also improving the health care available to newborn babies and pregnant mothers. We have set up community health clubs and are training local health practitioners to raise community awareness about health issues.
CARE works with marginalised young people, women and farmers to take out small loans, get better jobs or start their own business.