Friday, June 24, 2011

News From Sierra Leone in 2009

Between the last year's news and 2009's news is when I didn't receive any letters from Abu. (It's so different now! I get like one a month now!)

In 2009, the UN declared that efforts to restore peace and prosperity following the 2002 conclusion to Sierra Leone's decade-long war were still fragile, despite effective rebuilding steps. The country remains near the bottom of the Human Development Index, with 7 in 10 people living below the poverty line. Income distribution is extremely uneven, and unemployment is an ongoing problem. Two in three Sierra Leoneans engage in subsistence farming, but poor agricultural practices limit production, contributing to food insecurity. Economic policy has shifted from post-conflict stabilization to poverty-reduction efforts, including a focus on job creation and food security. Progress depends on the maintenance of internal peace and significant foreign assisstance to offset trade and supplement government revenues.

Bagbo Community Accomplishments

- Provided training for 40 Sunday school teachers, strengthening their ability to give spiritual guidance to children.

- Celebrated birthdays with more than 2,600 children, distributing gifts of biscuits, snacks, and soft drinks.

- Trained 30 church leaders through Channels of Hope, educating them about HIV and encouraging compassionate responses.

- Facilitated immunizations for 1,500 children, helping to protect them from diseases.

- Coordinated deworming of 6,694 children, contributing to improved health.

- Educated 6,694 students on basic hygiene, encouraging healthy lifestyles.

- Supplied schools with teaching and learning materials.

- Built ramps at schools to provide disabled children and teachers with access to education.

- Contructed a school, providing an improved learning environment for than 400 new students.

- Supplied a school with 60 new desks and 60 new benches.

- Constructed a latrine and protected a water sources, helping to reduce the risks of waterborne diseases.

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