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Serving Sierra Leone

Salone Enabling and Empowering Development (SEED), is the a "dba" of CITA International. SEED supports Nar Sarah Clinic in Kabala, Sierra Leone. The Clinic provides all health service for patients, promotes community development, and has a Scholarship of Hope program for deserving students.

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Ebola Prevention

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
General population

Description

While the epidemic has passed Nar Sarah continues to make people aware of the possibility and is vigilant in watching for a recurrence of the disease

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Evidence of Program's Success

During the epidemic Nar Sarah played a key role in keeping Ebola out of Kabala. Only one case was reported when an infected person came into Kabala from another area. The person was immediatey quarantined and moved to an Ebola treatment center. All of the persons contacts were quarantined and observed. Nar Sarah also took hand washing stations to surrounding villages and presented educational programs about Ebola. Nar Sarah partnered with other health facilities in the area

Healing Waters

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Females, all ages or age unspecified
Males

Description

Provide safe and pure drinking water for the community. Many common diseases in Sierra Leone are water borne so providing pure and safe water improves the general health of participants. Water is provided to the patients so drugs can be taken with clean water

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Evidence of Program's Success

Comments of patients, community opinions, recognition by other health care professionals

Adult Literacy

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Females
Males, all ages or age unspecified

Description

Mainly directed at members of the Women Against Poverty organization. The literacy rate in Sierra Leone is approximately 40% but in the Kabala area it is only around 25% for women. Literacy is important to escape from poverty

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Evidence of Program's Success

Number of participants successfully completing the course

NarSarah Clinic

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Families
Females
Males, all ages or age unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

The NarSarah Clinic screens and diagnoses over 5,000 patients per year. As a part of the primary health care program, Peacemaker, the Health Program Officer, and staff, disburses medication, provide injections, and perform minor surgeries. They refer more serious cases to a suitable nearby medical center. Peacemaker also coordinates the referral of all fistula patients for further treatment in the town of Bo.

The clinic also offers HIVAIDS testing, counseling, and sensitization in addition to general community health education on essential topics such as hygiene and disease prevention. After hours, on-call nurses are available for emergency health care services. The work is certainly around the clock, but Peacemaker, and other NarSarah staff are incredibly dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of the poor in rural Sierra Leone.

In addition to the primary health care clinic and referral services, NarSarah staff provide several other services including: weekly maternal clinic, pre-and post-natal care, family planning and deliveries. The weekly under-five and children's health care clinic offers immunizations and growth monitoring.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Recognition by local and national regulators

EducationScholarships

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Adults

Description

EDUCATION PROGRAM

Recognizing that education lies at the core of all long-term development, SEED manages and supports educational services to both youth and adults living in Kabala. The Hope Scholarship Fund provides free tuition, textbooks, school supplies and registration for more than 120 high-need primary and secondary school students, both male and female, including orphans and children of amputees. In 2018 the government began an attempt to make all primary and secondary education free to all. The government program does not cover all expenses so the funding is now directed to fill the gap.

In addition to the Hope Scholarship Program, SEED has supported an adult literacy serving Women Against Poverty and other community members. SEED staff has helped facilitate the construction of schools in the Koinadugu District with the volunteer work teams from other organizations.



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Evidence of Program's Success

Number of students successfully completing educational requirments with some going on to Tertiary education.

Agricultural

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

AGRICULTURE AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY PROGRAM

SEED International collaborates with villages and community groups to bring about economic development through agriculturally based initiatives. The Bendugu Agricultural Cooperative includes 100 acres of land, which was donated to SEED in 2006. SEED provided the initial agricultural inputs, including tools and seedlings, to support the cultivation of oil palm, cassava and groundnuts. In exchange, the community sets aside a third of each harvest to support the operations of the NarSarah Clinic. More land will continue to be cultivated as the project expands.

The Women Against Poverty Agricultural Program trains women in agriculture, which includes teaching how to plant and cultivate, harvest, care for the soil, rotate crops, etc. being expanded to include five town lots along Ismaia Road in Kabala. SEED will hire an agricultural trainer to work with the women throughout the coming year to empower the women to improve their agricultural skills as they develop a sustainable source of income.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Increasing number of participants

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