Our Work

The work of SEND Sierra Leone takes roots from our corporate reason for existence. It is equality for men and women, and the power of people to be self-aware, self-reliant and be empowered to take the lead in the development of their own lives. For development to occur, equality is second to none. Poverty is not just about the lack of money. It is also about the lack of social capital, the lack of wellbeing, and the lack of the understanding that the progress of men should not diminish the progress women.

More important is the fact that unjust power continues to hinder the empowerment of people. It makes them vulnerable, marginalized and makes it difficult for them to live dignified lives. Vulnerability and marginalization also underpin unjust power. The more vulnerable communities are, the more difficult it is for them to address unjust power. They cannot challenge power if someone else is organizing their lives.

Communities need some basic decency before they can organize themselves to change existing power relations. In our work, we understand that bad things do not just happen because they are. They happen because someone causes them and they must be changed by the actions of men and women. As a result, we work with communities for change by enabling them develop and use their voices to have access to health care, fight for equal opportunities, and to be economically active And so, our Country Program focuses on three major areas as can be seen in the diagram below:


1. Accountable Governance and women empowerment: This sector works with institutions and governance structures to ensure those institutions change to promote equality between men and women. It focuses on three major areas: i) women political participation and economic empowerment; ii) Sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls; ii) and the use of social accountability tools to strengthen accountability, and build inclusion by engaging citizens and the government in dialogue towards improved service delivery. Women political participation and economic empowerment focus on the mobilization and training of grassroots women groups and networking them to speak with one voice, and to advocate for the equality of women and men. It supports women to participate in local and national governance processes; and works with traditional authorities on power and gender issues to transform cultural practices that disempower them. Our sexual and reproductive health rights work focus on Gender Based Violence and works with elected female representatives to ensure that perpetrators of violence against women are held accountable. The social accountability aspect of the program focuses on strengthening community-led accountability. And increasing awareness of, and demand for, the delivery of basic services by building relationships between citizens and the state. This is aimed at supporting the effective delivery of policies and programs to benefit men and women equally by working to create a more informed and empowered citizenry which can hold effective and ongoing dialogue with better engaged and more accountable state service providers. Health systems strengthening and energy development: This sector works to contribute to a thriving and robust health system that will prevent future epidemics by improving access to basic health services in the target areas. It focuses on health infrastructure development of peripheral health units, installation of solar energy for rural health centers, and ensures those centers have improved WASH facilities. It promotes participatory awareness-raising measures on health, hygiene and nutrition with the population in the catchment villages, and training of local multipliers to disseminate messages that benefit rural populace and building the capacities of key actors in the health system in regards to outreach, M&E, planning and facility maintenance. With the recent Ebola outbreak, our work also focus on establishing information, control and response mechanisms to prevent transmission of infectious diseases such as Ebola, Lassa Fever and Cholera; initiate early response by local authorities; organize awareness campaigns towards disease prevention; and develop early warning systems to timely curb the early spread of contagious infectious diseases through simulations exercises

Livelihood and food security: this sector adopts an integrated approach through institutional building and gender mainstreaming. It promotes credit unions development that mobilizes financial resources for investment in local enterprises. It adopts gender mainstreaming approach to mobilize men to support gender equality through support to blacksmiths, farmers, petty traders, and groups from agricultural business centers; and even empowers women with strategic platforms and practical skills to expand gender equality promotional activities. Women with less access to financial resources are also supported with micro-credit to enable them start or expand their businesses. Working in an integrated manner, this sector ensures that farmers are able to increase food production for consumption and for increased income, and ensures that women and men have increased access to productive resources and share responsibilities equitably, and use modern family planning to improve on their standards of living.

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