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.
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, has been purchased and the plan is to build 344 low cost homes, establish businesses, a health centre, a school, vocational training and entertainment facilities.
Currently on site there are 32 completed homes and 24 under construction. There are businesses of a chicken farm, bakery, water bagging plant, brick factory and garage. A 6-classroom block for the primary school will ready for use in the second quarter of 2019. Following recruitment and teacher training, the school will open to about 100 pupils on 3 September 2019. 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 first families have moved to the homes. The next 41 families, are being interviewed so that they can be housed by the end of July 2019.
The Foundation’s donation will be used in the construction of 16 homes, completion of the school block, purchase a vehicle for the bakery business and a 20-tonne lorry, brick mixers for further building work, completion of the water tower, generators, fuel store tank and other supporting infrastructure.
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. The primary school that will ultimately have 14 classrooms and enable 560 children to receive a much-needed education.