From around 1989 until 2001, the people of Sierra Leone were devastated by civil war. The fight over the natural resources in the country resulted in the complete destruction of the infrastructure, economic and educational systems in Sierra Leone.
Less than half of the population can read and write
The struggle continues...
72% of the country's people live in poverty
53% of rural families live in absolute poverty, surviving on less than $1.25 per day
Average annual income is less than $325 per person
Estimates of unemployment are as high as 60%
The country has been classified by a United Nations Human Development Report as
"one of the poorest countries in the world"
There are .02 physicians per 1,000 people
.4 hospital beds per 1,000 people
The life expectancy for the average person is 47 years
60% of the population is Muslim, 30% indigenous, and only 10% Christian
Paying it forward,
one by one