SIERRA LEONE RESOURCES

A curated list of Sierra Leone resources for mental health, maternal care and more.
This list is currently in development so feel free to make suggestions here.

Digital Influencers

Joseph Kaifala

Joseph Kaifala is a lawyer, writer and human rights activist. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Jeneba Project Inc and the Sierra Leone Memory Project.

Born in Sierra Leone, he spent his childhood years in Liberia, Guinea and Norway.  He was an International Affairs & French Major, with a minor in Law & Society at Skidmore College in New York. Joseph is a Rastafarian, and a votary of ahimsa. He speaks six languages.

Joseph has served as a Davis United World College fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies; a Humanity In Action senior fellow; a Tom Lantos US Congressional fellow, and an intern at the Child and Adolescent Development Department of the World Health Organization in Geneva.

He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, a Diploma in Intercultural Encounters from the Helsinki Summer School, and a Certificate in Professional French administered by the French Chamber of Commerce. He was awarded a 2012 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship by the American Society of International Law.

Joseph served as Justice of the Arthur Chapter (Vermont Law School) of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International. He is a member of the Washington DC Bar.

Websites: josephkaifala.com / jenebaproject.org / sierraleonememoryproject.org
YouTube: @jenebaproject
Instagram: @jenebaproject
Twitter: @jkaifala

Lovette Jallow

Lovette Jallow is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur and activist. Her indefatigable campaign against racism, sexism and injustice earned her 2018 Internet Angel Award. She also won the 2018 Solidarity Award for her social engagement.

Born in Gambia to a Sierra Leonean father, Jalloh moved to Sweden at the age of 11. Today she is one of the foremost social justice and anti-racism activists of her generation. She is an advocate for minorities and others who need strength and support in society.

In 2016, she became a pioneer in the beauty industry with the release of her book “Black Vogue” a make-up book aimed to people with darker complexions. It was the first book of its kind in Europe. Today Black Vogue is an active forum for people of color to share tips and advice about fashion and beauty.

In 2017, Jallow organized a demonstration and emergency fundraiser to fight against the slave trade in Libya. She founded the non-profit organization Action For Humanity and an eponymous Instagram account. Her efforts earned her the prestigious 2017 Justice Award.

Websites: Lovette’s House of Style / lovettejallow.se
YouTube: Lovette’s House of Style
Twitter: @LovetteJallow
Instagram
: @LovetteJallow / @Action4Humanity_se

Mallence Bart-Williams

Mallence Bart-Williams is a Sierra-Leonean/German creative, social entrepreneur, activist and thought leader. Her viral 2015 TEDxBerlinSalon talk ‘Change Your Channel’ was translated into five languages and shared over twenty million times on social media.

Mallence is the founder of Folorunsho, a “sharity” that produced a collaborative design collection with twenty one street children from the Lion Base Gang. Their works sold around the world and helped provide school fees, accommodation and sustenance for the children.

Mallence is a writing, publisher, film maker, creative director and fashion designer. She studied economics and finance in Paris, Singapore, and the U.K.

She has released an cosmetics line in Asia and operates an education initiative for orphans in Sierra Leone.

Websites: mallence.com  / secretceres.com
Sharities: FolorunshoAfrica Ideas Factory / Female Innovation Lab / Freetown Flood Educational Fund
Instagram: @mallence / @africaideafactory / @secretceres

Ngozi Cole

Ngozi Cole is a storyteller who believes in the power of individual narrative for transformative collective change.

Born in the 1990s during Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war, she became a refugee in The Gambia. As a refugee, she witnessed and experienced many injustices and this sparked an interest in human rights.

In 2008, she received a scholarship to join the inaugural class of the African Leadership Academy. She graduated cum laude from the College of Wooster in May 2015, where she majored in History and Political Science .

Ngozi is a 2013 recipient of the National Youth Excellence Award for Leadership in Sierra Leone, an exhibition of her deep commitment to her country. She has contributed to Voice of Women Initiative, For Harriet, Open Society’s Open Space, and African Youth Journal.

Blog: sepiadahlia.com
Selected works: clippings.me/ngozicole
Twitter: @ngozimcole
Instagram: @ngozicole
Medium: @ngozicole

Vickie Remoe

Vickie Remoe is a writer and TV producer. The Vickie Remoe Show is a cross between ‘The Oprah Show’ and Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ with a clear and direct focus on African business and travel.

She is the Managing Director at VRC Marketing Company. Ms. Remoe holds a B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College and an M.S. Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University.

Moved by the spate of gender-based violence in Sierra Leone, she founded Sister Circles, a not for profit that creates safe spaces for women and girls to engage in open and blame-free dialogue on gender-based violence; customary, structural, sexual, or domestic abuse. Ms. Remoe’s mission is to challenge and change attitudes, and behaviors that perpetuate gender inequality in West Africa.

She is a recipient of the GWB Commission Award for Sierra Leone Arts & Culture (2011), the Women Empowerment (We) Network Award for Girls & Women’s Empowerment (2016).

Websites: VickieRemoe.com / SwitSalone.com / VRCMarketing.com
Twitter: @VickieRemoe
Instagram: @VickieRemoe
Facebook: @VickieRemoeBlog
YouTube: @VickieRemoe

General Healthcare

Sickle Cell Intervention UK

About: Comprehensive solutions for people living with Sickle Cell Disease. Raising hope and saving lives.

Head Office: 161 Lodge Hill Lane, Rochester, Kent ME3 8NW, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 016 346 105 20
Website: sicklecellintervention.co.uk
E-Mail: info [at] sicklecellintervention.co.uk
Instagram: @sickle_cell_intervention
Facebook: @SCI04

Legal Services

Legal Access Through Women Yearning for Equality Rights and Social justice (LAWYERS)

About: Legal Access through Women working for Equality Rights and Social Justice (LAWYERS) was established in 1997 by Sierra Leone’s late First Lady Patricia Kabba, a lawyer, and 10 women lawyers.

Founding members include: Maureen Greene, Winstona Younge, The late Honourable Mrs Valerie Nicol, Serray Kallay, Myretta Tucker, Honourable Justice Vivian Solomon, Isha Dyfan, Yasmin Jusu Sheriff, Jamesina King, Musu Kamara and Honourable Justice Claudia Taylor.

The organization advocates for:

  • The recognition and the protection of the rights of women and girl child;
  • The reform of all laws that are discriminatory against women and the girl child;
  • The enactment of laws to ensure that women’s rights are secured and enforced;
  • Operation of a legal clinic that provides free advice and representation to women and girls who are victims of domestic violence and/or affected by the provisions of the other two Gender Acts regarding inheritance and customary marriage;
  • Dissemination information to the public on gender issues including inheritance, violence against women, the need for the economic empowerment of women and the need to involve women in decision making processes.

Head Office: 11 Percival Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Telephone: +232 76 860 291
Website: lawyers-sl.org
Facebook: @LegalAccessThroughWomenYearningForEqualityRights&SocialJustice

Maternal Health Resources

The Aminata Maternal Foundation

About: The Aminata Maternal Foundation has been established to stem the shocking rate of maternal and newborn deaths in Sierra Leone.

Head Office: Bay 10 Middlemiss Street, Lavender Bay NSW 2060
Telephone: +61 413 078 495
E-mail: aminata [at] aminatafoundation.com.au
Website: aminatamaternalfoundation.org
Twitter: @maternalaminata
Facebook: @aminatafoundation
Instagram: @aminatafoundation

Mental Health Resources

The Mental Health Coalition

About: The Mental Health Coalition aims to advocate for the human rights and dignity of all those affected by and working to improve mental ill-health

Head Office: 13 Old Railway Line, Brookfields , Freetown, Sierra Leone
Telephone: +232 (0)76 371 709 / +232 (0)30 064 779
Website: mentalhealthcoalitionsl.com
E-Mail: mhcsl2012@gmail.com / mhcsl2012@yahoo.com
Twitter: @MHCinSL
Facebook: @mhcoalition

Rainbo Centres

About: Rainbo Initiative are the first and only provider of free medical and psycho-social services for survivors of gender based violence in Sierra Leone.

Head Office: 32b Smart Farm Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Telephone: +232 796 307 93
Website: rainboinitiative.sl
Instagram: @rainboinitiative
Twitter: @RainboCentres
Facebook: @RainboInitiative

Women's Organizations in Sierra Leone

50/50 Group of Sierra Leone

About: The Fifty Fifty Group Sierra Leone is a non-partisan campaign for more women in politics and public life through training and advocacy.

Head Office: 50 OAU Drive, Tower Hill, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Telephone: +232 22 76 995668 / +232 22 76 601269 / +232 78 005050
E-mail: fiftyfifysierraleone [at] gmail.com
Website: fiftyfiftysierraleone.org
Twitter: @5050Sierraleone
Facebook: @FiftyFiftyGroupSierraLeone

The Women's Forum Sierra Leone

About: The Mission of the Women’s Forum is to maintain a virile network of women’s organisation, association and groups through information sharing and influencing of policy.

Head Office: c/o YWCA Vocational Institute Bismarck Johnson Street, Brooksfield, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Telephone: +232 79 008 417
E-mail: maudepeacock [at] gmail.com
Website: womensforumsl.org
Facebook: @WomensForumSierraLeone

Advocacy Movement Network (AMNet)

About: AMNet is a registered national non-governmental organization. Since 2006, AMNet has operated in three strategic areas: women’s empowerment, child protection and youth development.

AMNet’s mission is to spread awareness about human rights and social justice at the local level. AMNet as an advocacy organization facilitates social change from the communities to the policy level through the review of laws and policies to protect vulnerarble groups against abuses and violations of their rights.

Head Office: 15A Main Motor Road, Brookfields, Freetown
Telephone: +232 076 603159
E-mail: info [at] amnet-online.net
Website: amnet-online.org
Twitter: N/A
Facebook: N/A

Girl2Girl Empowerment Movement

About: The Girl2Girl Empowerment Movement seeks to improve the sexual reproductive health and rights of girls and young women in Sierra Leone and to safeguard them from early pregnancy and gender based violence including sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage..

Head Office: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Telephone: N/A
E-mail: contact page
Website: girl2girlngo.org
Twitter: @girl2girlngo1