About SEND

About SEND-SIERRA LEONE

SEND began working in Sierra Leone in 2004, when it was contracted by the Government of Sierra Leone and the World Bank as an Intervention Management Agency (IMA) participating in the implementation of the Sierra Leone HIV/AIDS Response Project.

Our mission is to promote good governance and equality for women and men in Sierra Leone. Our Strategic Direction aims to improve livelihoods, strengthen health systems through infrastructure development and awareness raising, and promote good governance in the Eastern Region of Sierra Leone with a vision of having a Sierra Leone where people’s rights and well-being are guaranteed"

The UNDP Human Poverty Index ranks Sierra Leone amongst one of the ten poorest nations in the world. It has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates, and over 60 percent of the population is illiterate.

From 1994 to 2003, the country was gripped by a destructive civil war. Though the conflict ended in 2004, the Eastern Region, which was the worst affected by the war, continues to experience economic hardship, heightened by its remoteness from Freetown. The region requires significant development assistance to enable women and men become aware of their rights and responsibilities, and to be economically active to take the lead in their own development. Women and girls in particular continue to suffer from lack of access to education, productive resources and health services. They remain the most impoverished and vulnerable members of society. Social Enterprise Development (SEND) began working in Sierra Leone in 2004, when it was contracted by the Government of Sierra Leone and the World Bank as an Intervention Management Agency (IMA) participating in the implementation of the Sierra Leone HIV/AIDS Response Project. As an IMA, SEND was responsible for the appraisal of micro-project applications and monitoring the implementation of successful applicants.

In December 2007, SEND carried out a feasibility study and needs assessment of Kailahun District. It found that, due to extreme poverty and food insecurity, there was great demand for interventions that aimed to improve incomes and agricultural practices. It also found that few NGOs were addressing these issues. Based on this assessment, SEND developed the Livelihood Security Development Project, with support from CORDAID and Christian Aid with the aim to increase income and food security, as well as promote modern family planning practices and behaviours that prevent the spread of HIV. As a first step in the programme, three community credit unions have been established to provide savings and loan services. These credit unions are the hub through which other programme activities, such as microfinance and agricultural development are implemented. In 2009, SEND expanded its programming to include the Kailahun Women in Governance Project with support from Christian Aid under the Governance and Transparency Fund funded by DFID with the aim to increase the participation of women in local and national governance. The programme works with local political parties, the District Council, and grassroots women’s groups.

Since 2016, the program expanded to Kenema and Kono Districts with support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) through WeltHungerHilfe, and DFID under the SABI Program to cover the eastern part of the country with projects in health systems strengthening, and accountable governance. The recent projects focus on infrastructural enhancement of Peripheral Health Units (PHUs), improving WASH in PHU centres, improving energy for health centres through solar installation, participatory awareness raising measures on health, hygiene, and nutrition; and capacity building of key actors in the health system in regards to outreach, M&E, planning and facility maintenance. With the recent outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, SEND is also working to ensure that no new disease epidemic appear in Eastern Sierra Leone, which was the entry point for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that engulfed Sierra Leone. The region is also prone to cholera and Lassa fever outbreaks. And the population largely depends on game meat for their protein intake, which increases risks from infectious diseases. Our efforts in the health sector will contribute to improving access to basic health services in the target areas. Good governance continues to be a major challenge in Sierra Leone. As part of our governance work, we are engaged in social accountability processes to strengthen accountability, and to build inclusion for improved relationship between citizens and the government for improved service delivery.

SEND-SIERRA LEONE has offices in Kailahun, Kenema, and Kono, with the head office located in Kenema town.

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SEND-SIERRA LEONE
Buedu Road, Kissi Town, Kailahun,
Post Office Box 54
Kenema, Sierra Leone
+232 78 20 68 53