MercyHome Freetown is located in the Waterloo district of Sierra Leone’s capital. It is a rental property and includes separate quarters for boys and girls, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a storage room, two living rooms and a very large outdoor area.
The property is fenced in and is safe and secure, and has been approved by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs.
Although there is no running water in the house, there is an outdoor well.
The house is within about 30 minutes’ walking distance of the school. This is not unusual; many children in Sierra Leone have to walk miles to school and back.
At the moment, we have three volunteer staff looking after the children and young adults on site. We hope to be able to pay them a salary in the near future to ensure stable support. All staff in Europe work on a voluntary basis. The staff in Sierra Leone are all currently volunteers, but the goal is to provide them with a salary as soon as we can. This will ensure sustainable and stable care for the children.
Two puppies were also adopted by the children and have officially become MercyHome dogs, and they even appear in the rental contract.
MercyHome Freetown: building a future
For the children and young adults, MercyHome Freetown is a safe and secure home; they are provided with healthy meals and receive a sustainable education.
The goal is to make them self-reliant adults who can make a constructive and positive contribution to the development of Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leona: difficult past, hopeful future
Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranked 179 out of 188 countries in terms of human development index. A bloody civil war followed by the deadly Ebola epidemic has further massively weakened the country; 77% of the population live on less than $2 a day.
However, Sierra Leone is also a land of hope. Different populations and religions live together peacefully, the country has been declared Ebola-free and with the election of a new president, there is hope that the foundations are being laid for a stable future.
With your help, the children and teenagers of MercyHome Freetown therefore have a realistic chance of a better future.