In the course of our work in Sierra Leone, we have encountered many inspirational people and have been touched by their personal stories of hardship and heartbreak.

Education is neither free nor compulsory in Sierra Leone, and many parents make incredible sacrifices to send their children to school. In Africa especially, life is fragile, and tragedy can easily strike; losing one or both parents, for instance, can mean that a child has to forget all about school and work to support their remaining family. As a consequence, bright kids are left without a future.

It is MercyHome Freetown’s aim to give young adults a shot at education. This includes taking the school leaving certificate in anticipation of a college or university education, or gaining a vocational qualification. It can also involve helping a student return to education after being forced to drop out of school at a young age, and to cope with the challenges of reintegration.

Our HigherEd programme is tailored to students’ individual needs, giving them the right environment in which to thrive. Our funding covers all of their educational needs, from fees to learning materials, as well as housing, food, and healthcare.

With your help, we can make a real difference to a young person’s life. And it all starts with a decent education.