History of our organization
During the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2014-2015 the Sierra Leona Ebola Campaign Team Holland Foundation (Dutch abbreviation SSLECTH) collaborated with the relief organization Kick Ebola.
Kick Ebola collected goods and money, she provided the Dutch society with information and urged the Dutch government for help. Kickebola succeeded in drawing the attention of the Dutch government.
At the end of 2014 Kick Ebola and SSLECTH ended their collaboration because of difference in opinions.
The volunteers in Sierra Leone indicated, they wanted to continue their work in post-Ebola Sierra Leone. One of the volunteers in the Netherlands set up a new foundation, with new members. Instead of the keeping the old name "Kick Ebola", they decided to give the foundation a new name because
- The world seems to get tired of "Ebola"
- The foundation aims for improving the future for the children in Sierra Leone
Together they unanimously chose the name "Local Initiative For Empowerment Sierra Leone" (abbreviation LIFE-SL) and chose to focus on the following three groups:
- Ebola orphans
- Pregnant schoolgirls, who are prohibited by government decision to go to school
- Unemployed youth
All the LIFE-SL projects are related to education, so todays childeren will have a future, with jobs, and can be financially self supporting and independent.
Local Initiative For Empowerment Sierra Leone is an independent, non-political and non-profit organization, set up as a foundation in January 2015 by humanitarian Dutch (in the Netherlands) and Sierra Leoneans (in Sierra Leone) to achieve the following:
1. Giving hope to the most disadvantaged in the Sierra Leonean society, especially the orphans, the pregnant schoolgirls and unemployed youth.
2. raising awareness and support the livelihoods and safety of the groups mentioned above.
3. respond to the necessities to improve the lives and livelihoods of the groups mentioned above.
We, LIFE-SL, achieve this through donations from the public and businesses, by lobbying for agricultural resources and support, by organizing fundraising activities and other activities that can in any way contribute to improving the lives of orphans, pregnant schoolgirls and unemployed young people in Sierra Leone.
In regard to this, we work with local organizations, and in full conformity of local laws, rules and regulations.