Sierra Leone has one of the lowest GDP per capita on earth. Its economy and plans were devastated by the 2014/15 Ebola virus and downturn in world commodity prices. Dependent on budget support from the international community, less than 2% of the population have paid employment and over 60% earn less than £2 per day. Hundreds of thousands live in the most appalling slum conditions and many are annually made homeless by rainy season floods and landfalls. This situation has worsened during the COVID pandemic.
Home Leone is a charitable organisation around 5 years old. It has developed a plan to enable individuals and families to exit some of the most dreadful slums on earth. 20 acres of land, now named Destiny Village, was purchased and the plan is to eventually build 344 low cost homes, establish businesses, a health centre, a school, vocational training and entertainment facilities.
Currently on site there are 56 completed homes, of which Shanta Foundation has contributed the funds for 16 houses, along with components of the businesses of a chicken farm, bakery, water bagging plant, brick factory and garage, a 6-classroom block for the primary school is ready for use. Following recruitment and teacher training, the school opened to about 100 pupils September 2019, with a plan to open to the wider community in the next two years. There is a medical triage and healthcare pathway for the village. There has been provision of water infrastructure for the whole village, with a filtration system and solar pump.
The Project provides support for those urgently needing relief and live with significant financial hardship in the poorest slum areas of Freetown. They lack the most basic essentials of clean water, education, employment, healthcare and decent homes.
The vision is to enable 2,000 people to have a transformed life in this village. Each home that is built offers a family a new life with a direct cost of £4,700 each.