To empower individuals and families to rise above poverty in Sierra Leone
The Modu Doherty Foundation was founded in 2013 to bring an end to poverty in Sierra Leone, by feeding the hungry and providing access to education. Due to decades of economic decline that included 11 years of armed conflict, Sierra Leone remains one of the world’s poorest countries. A staggering 60% of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day.
The Spring 2014 outbreak of the Ebola virus in the region has crippled the modest economic gains Sierra Leone has made since the war ended in 2002. Although the outbreak is largely contained, it has left many children mourning the loss of one or both parents, and among those mourning are the orphaned ones in utter despair. Additionally, Ebola has severely impacted Sierra Leone’s health care infrastructure, educational system and economy.
We can only imagine the true magnitude of the outbreak, as its effect in communities is still being assessed. Yet we have already seen the consequences of poverty and despair within the region. In an effort to support a large family, young girls are often pulled out of school to sell goods in the marketplace while their brothers continue pursuing an education. In other cases, despair leads young girls and women to give up on their dreams, and turn to prostitution as a way to survive.
The Modu Doherty Foundation seeks to address these challenges by focusing on the following areas:
A long term goal of The Modu Doherty Foundation is to establish schools for all grade levels in Sierra Leone.