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Sierra Leone

Republic of Sierra Leone has a total land area of about 71, 740 Square km. Population of about 6.4 Million with a growth rate of 2.3%. Ethnic groups include  (Temne 35%), Mendes (31%), Limba (8%), Kono (5%), Kriole (2%), Mandingo and Loko about (4%). About 70-80% of the population are Muslims with about 10-20% Christians.

Social Challenges facing the Republic of Sierra Leone

Literacy rate  about 48.1 %
Female Literacy rate about 37.1%
72.5 % of population living in poverty
29-31% of school age children are out of school
About 37% of children are engaged in Child labor
HIV AIDS adult prevalence is about 1.6%
About 12, 000 Ebola orphans
About 4,000 Ebola Survivors

Bright Light Projects Sierra Leone (BLPSL) pioneer project in Sierra Leone dubbed “Mend the Gap Schooling Program for vulnerable Ebola orphans” has directly impacted about 250 Ebola orphans. BLPSL has carried out vulnerability assessments in different communities and villages the following areas: Bombali District, Western Rural District, Kenema, Freetown. With over 4500 Ebola orphans in our database. BLPSL and its partners continue to explore ways to help these vulnerable children providing education support, psychosocial counselling, vocational skills training, confidence building, medical interventions, etc

BLPSL is working with Sierra Leone Correctional Services in providing formal education, faith-based counselling workshops, vocational skills training,  equipping prison inmates to leave prison as responsible citizens ready to contribute positively to the development of their communities.

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Guinea

Republic of Guinea or Guinea-Conakry  has a total land area of about 245, 857 Square km. Population of about 12,044,000  with a growth rate of 2.7%. About 24 different Ethnic groups with 3 major groups   (Puhls 40%), Malinkes (30%), Sousou(20%), remaining 21 ethnic groups form about 10% of total population. About 85% of the population are Muslims, and 15% for other religious groups.

Social Challenges facing the Republic of Guinea

Literacy rate  about 29.5 %
Female Literacy rate about 18%
55.5 % of population live below poverty line
46% of school age children are out of school
About 40 of children are engaged in Child labor
HIV AIDS adult prevalence is about 1.3%
About 2500 Ebola orphans
About 1500 Ebola Survivors

 

Bright Light Projects Guinea (BLPG) pioneer project in Guinea Leone dubbed “Mend the Gap Schooling Program for vulnerable Ebola orphans” has directly impacted about 97  Ebola orphans and survivors. BLPG  has carried out vulnerability assessments in different communities and villages the following areas: Forecariah and N’zerekore Municipalities. With over 1500 and survivors  in our database in Guinea. BLPG and its partners continue to explore ways to help these vulnerable children providing education support, psychosocial counselling, vocational skills training, confidence building, medical interventions, etc

BLPG is working with the Guinean Penitentiary System in providing formal education, faith-based counselling workshops equipping prison inmates to leave prison as responsible citizens ready to contribute positively to the development of their communities.

 

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Liberia

Republic of Liberia has a total land area of about 111.369 Square km. Population of about 4.8 Million with a growth rate of 2.7%. Ethnic groups include  (Kpelle 20.3%), Bassa (13%), Grebo (10%), Gio (8%), Mamo (7%), Kru (6%), Lorma (5.1) , Kissi (4.8), Gola (4.4) and other groups about 20%. About 86% of the population are Christians, Muslims 12.2%, other religious groups 2.2%.

 

Social Challenges facing the Republic of Liberia

Literacy rate  about 60.8 %
Female Literacy rate about 56.8%
54 % of population living in poverty
17% of school age children are out of school
16.6% of children are engaged in Child labor
HIV AIDS adult prevalence is about 2.1%
About 4200 Ebola orphans
About 8000 Ebola Survivors

 

                                                 

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