Sierra Leone, in West Africa is bordered by the countries of Guinea to the northeast, Liberia to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest. Sierra Leone is a constitutional republic with a directly elected president and a unicameral legislature. The country has a tropical climate, with a diverse environment ranging from savannah to rainforests. The country covers a total area of 27,699 sq mi (roughly the size of West Virgina, in the US) and with an estimated population of 6 million (2011 United Nations estimate). –from Wikipedia
A Brief History:
Visited by Portuguese explorers in 1492 the name Sierra Leone came from the magnificent view of the “Lioness Mountains” at the mouth of the large Bay off the Atlantic Ocean in what has become the nation’s economic, political center and largest city. The Capital of Freetown derived its name as the country became the major destination for freed slaves after the British abolition. Once known as the “Athens of Africa” for its reputation in education and development, Sierra Leone was utterly devastated by an eleven year internal war (1991-2002) often referred to as the “Blood Diamond War.” With more than 50,000 people killed and the majority of the county’s infrastructure destroyed, Sierra Leone became a place of chaos and corruption. Today, Sierra Leone continues the slow recovery moving up the scale on the United Nations Development Index. The culture and tradition of religious tolerance, a value for education (as the foundation of all development) and the leadership of twice elected President Ernst Bai Koroma has combined to create a new day for the people of Sierra Leone. Still, the government’s resources are limited and education in the remote and rural communities is extremely scarce. A “little goes a long way” in Sierra Leone and the small investment that EduNations has made in the remote northern districts of the country are helping to inspire and ignite hope for the nation! Help educate a child today to help change a nation tomorrow.