Empowering through literacy in Sierra Leone

The Finnish Refugee Council facilitated adult literary and vocational training in Sierra Leone for 14 years. As a result, more Sierra Leoneans have the possibility to live hopeful and independent life. Its time to round up the successes of these years.

Sierra Leone in West Africa is one of the poorest countries in the world. The civil war fought in its neighbouring country Liberia effected Sierra Leone as well since the 1980s, and as a consequence of this, over 40 000 refugees from Liberia moved to the country. In turn the civil war in Sierra Leone, fought between 1991-2002, caused the death of around 50 000 to 100 000 people, and over half of the population had to flee from their homes to neighbouring countries or to safer areas within the country’s borders.