Sierra Leone

THE NEED

Sierra Leone

The Civil War from 1991-2002 resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and over two million people displaced (1/3 of the population).  It affected the economy, education and many other areas of development.  As they continue to rebuild, please join us in walking alongside Christian schools that are bringing transformation to their nation.

51.7%

Population below poverty line
The youth population, ages 15-35, comprises 1/3 of the population of Sierra Leone. According to the UNDP, 70% of the youth are unemployed or underemployed. An estimated 800,000 youth are currently seeking employement.

70.5% Male & 52.1% Female

Literacy rate. Total population: 48.1% (2015 est.)
Statistics Sources: CIA World Factbook

http://globalpartnership.org/country/sierra-leone

http://sl.undp.org/content/sierraleone/en/home/countryinfo.html

THE IMPACT

Edify began operations in 2017.

Halfway through FY2021, we have impacted 46,116 students with a Christ-centered education.

Training

School Leaders: 239 | Teachers: 158

Loans

14 loans disbursed to 14 schools  |  Total loan capital (USD): $18,494

239

Total Schools Impacted

*Mid-year impact from October 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021.

EDIFY TEAM IN SIERRA LEONE

Samuel Kargbo,
Sierra Leone Country Director

Samuel Gerald Alimamy Kargbo joined Edify in April 2021. His role is to serve as the Sierra Leone Country Director charged with the responsibility to plan, organize and lead all activities necessary to implement Edify’s vision to improve and expand sustainable Christ-centered education in Sierra Leone.

Prior to joining Edify, he served as the Principal/President of The Evangelical College of Theology for seven years, and led a non-profit humanitarian organization called Agape Development Initiatives as Executive Director for eight years. He is currently serving as a Senior Pastor of a local Baptist Church.

Samuel earned his Bachelor of Theology in Christian Education from The Evangelical College of Theology in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Master in Education majoring in Educational Administration, Master of Arts in Peace and Development Studies respectively from Njala University in Sierra Leone, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree (DMin.) majoring in Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University, USA.

Samuel has established two Christian private schools in Freetown, Sierra Leone and facilitated several leadership trainings for pastors, school proprietors, and teachers.

Samuel is passionate about equipping and empowering Christian leaders and other workers in the fields of education and church ministries to provide transformational and innovative solutions for the purpose of expanding God’s Kingdom on earth.

He is happily married to Emma Emilia Kargbo and the Lord has blessed them with six sons. He is receiver of several awards.

Michael Kamara,
Christian Transformation
and Training Officer

Michael has a BS degree in Accounting and Finance and a postgraduate diploma in Theology of Work, Logistic and Procurement Management, Finance and Administration. He worked for the Agape Development Initiative Sierra Leone as a Publication Relation Officer for 3 years and has also worked for the Campaign for Human Rights and Development International as Finance and Administration Officer for 4 years. Michael is also serving his church in the capacity of music and technical director, young adult ministry, church financial auditor and a Sunday school teacher for the past 3-4 years.

Mariatu Koroma, Christian Transformation and Training Officer

Mariatu joined Edify in October 2020 as a Christian Transformation and Training Officer.

She has over six years of experience working with underserved communities in Sierra Leone at various nonprofit organizations, such as: Regional Coordinator at 4M-Solutions; Project Manager and Regional Licensing Officer at Marie Stopes Sierra Leone and Regional Licensing Officer.

Mariatu is an active member in her church serves in the Prayer Band.

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