We Yone Child Foundation

Freetown, Sierra Leone
Joined March 2018

WYCF operate work in Sierra Leone with focus on education, livelihood including women and girls issues through the provision of education support, family business grants and education on gender issues

Presence in: Sierra Leone
Focus: Education, Gender-based violence, Livelihoods

WYCF’s main ambition is to provide and maintain a safe, healthy and proper learning environment for our children. Our full-time job is running our primary schools in Kroo Bay and George Brook, Freetown. We are responsible for providing primary school education to 1,072 children in these communities – 577 girls, 495 boys. Our trusted and committed teachers follow the national curriculum.

These activities are supported by the provision of teacher training, learning materials, stationary, voluntary teachers’ assistants, community committees, a growing library, Summer School and medical assistance when necessary.

At the core of all that WYCF does, our main concern is the well-being of our children. Child exploitation, domestic violence, rape, alcohol and drugs abuse and homelessness are just some of the most critical situations WYCF, our children and families have faced along the years. In each case, our Team has articulated with the relevant entities – partner organisations, police, hospitals – in finding an appropriate response.
The most valuable tool we have created and implemented is our Child Files, which consist of a personal file for each child enrolled in our schools, gathering information about their living situation, including learning, housing, family and medical conditions. All confidential information is collected through individual interviews with each student and their parents or guardians, and is then recorded into a database. Ultimately, this allows us to monitor and assess our children’s progress and attend to their specific needs.
The database also feeds us information on the overall challenges of our target communities and lets us know what projects we should be implementing in answer to the problems observed.

Group discussions and sensitization meetings held with residents of WYCF’s target communities indicated a minimal awareness of Human Rights and a disturbingly high rate of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).