Friday, June 24, 2011

News From Sierra Leone in 2010

Sierra Leone's economy grew in 2010 with the help of increased bauxite and rutile mining. News of offshore oil discoveries gives hope for future economic growth. Povery is a major problem in Sierra Leone wiht over 70% of people living below the poverty line and an extremely large income gap between the rich and the poor. About a quarter of the population has limited access to food and around 40% of children under the age of 5 are chronically malnourished. The United Nations removed the last of its sanctions, including an arms embargo against Sierra Leone in September 2010. The sanctions began more than 12 years ago during Sierra Leone's bloody civil conflict that ended in 2002.

Recognizing Bagbo Community Accomplishments

- Monitored children's health and helped sick and malnourished children access medical treatment.

- Distributed treated bed nets to help control the spread of malaria amoung children and pregnant women.

- Partnered with the local health department to immunize and deworm children.

- Worked to reduce malnutrition in children under age 5 by training caregivers in nutrition, treatment of diarrhea, and the importance of breastfeeding.

- Constructed public latrines and renovated wells to improve sanitation and decrease the prevalence of waterborne illness.

- Held camps and retreats to provide spirtual nurture for children.

- Worked with local churches to organize kids' clubs, increasing children's opportunities to learn about God's Word.

- Partnered with communities to build schools and classrooms, improving the learning environment and increasing enrollment.

- Trained school management committees to monitor educational programs and improve school performance.

- Trained community disaster committees to respond to emergencies such as agricultural pest infestations, which threatens food security in the region.

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