In autumn 2009 the High Wycombe Circuit committed to raising at least £5,000 for a project in Burkina Faso through the Christian Aid Church Parternship Scheme. Under this scheme every £1 we raised was matched by a further £3 from the European Union.
In 2012 we are supporting a new project in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is one of the least developed countries in the world and the quality of health care available to most people is very poor. It has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates, and over 60% of the population is illiterate. Although the government established a health care system shortly after the end of the civil war in 2003, little has been done to develop medical services in rural areas like Kailahun, one of the regions worst hit by the war.
Through this project, two Christian Aid partners, the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone and SEND-West Africa, are working with local institutions and communities to increase the quality of care offered to mothers and babies at two local hospitals and more generally improve health services in the area.
This project is being carried out by the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone (MCSL), who Christian Aid has worked with for more than 20 years. Their mission is to eradicate poverty in Sierra Leone and they are experienced in working in similar situations elsewhere in the country. You can read more about the project in this INFORMATION SHEET and in this OCTOBER UPDATE.