We Yone Child Foundation is a registered non-profit organisation based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. WYCF’s mission is simple. Provide sustainable education and care to underprivileged children in Kroo Bay and George Brook. Overcome the social and environmental problems that deepen and perpetuate the c
In 1996, twelve year old Santigie Bayo Dumbuya was among several boys who were taken from Kamabonko Village to fight for the Revolutionary United Front during the Sierra Leone Civil War. Fighting near the Guinean border, by the age of fourteen Santigie had sustained multiple bullet and shrapnel wounds.
In 1999 Santigie’s unit were stationed near a town called Sanyah.
“When we entered the town in the evening the heavy gunfight sounded like music, but full of death and sorrow. What I saw on that day was so terrible. Some of my close friends were killed. During the fighting I saw a female child at the age of 5-6 years old crying. I saw two people lying on the ground, one was already dead and the other is struggling to die.” Santigie remembered his village and the person whom he was raised to be – “that was the day of my revolution and my heart was inspired”. He dropped his gun and ran through the cross-fire to save the girl. With no food or water, Santigie carried her for two days and two nights to safety. He saved her life.
Santigie never saw the girl again. He went to Freetown to recover from the war, complete his education and founded We Yone Child Foundation (WYCF) in 2009. Santigie decided to focus WYCF’s efforts on Kroo Bay and George Brook. The appalling conditions in these two communities called for action and no other organisation was producing results.
-Teaching at one of our schools
-Fundraising and grant writing
-Training of staff in computer skills base on the knowledge of the volunteer
-Training on Monitoring and Evaluation of projects, and project management skill.
- Training on social business enterprise
We provide free internet service and electricity. including home-stay at a low cost.
$350 for a month of accommodation fee at our volunteer home-stay close to local people.
Volunteer should hold $20 for weekly dinner prepared by local people. And at least $5 a day for lunch and local transport.
Primary School: provide primary school education every day in the communities of George Brook and Kroo Bay. Teachers are trained and follow the national curriculum. Children also
benefit from a range of extra curricula activities including sports, arts and crafts and learnand-play literacy and numeracy classes.
Secondary school: provide every child in WYCF schools with the opportunity to secure a scholarship for their secondary school fees (£32.60 per year), uniform and learning materials (c.£30 per year). Make this sustainable by providing participating families with small business loans to increase their family income (‘petty trading’ is the primary source of income for 65% of our families). Delivered in partnership with Street Child.
Equal opportunities for girls: In partnership with Street Child, 5 key issues were identified by 2,000 girls during a nationwide consultation: (1) poverty; (2) loss of key care-givers; (3) teenage pregnancy; (4) early marriage; and (5) insufficiently supportive adults and communities. The five major solutions proposed by the 2,000 girls were: (1) financial support for education; (2) business support to parents; (3) improved school facilities and teachers; (4) advocacy; and (5) counselling support for girls.
Healthy families for a health community: 60% of our children have had what they believe to be malaria, while over 10% complain of a recurrent fever, skin, ear or bowel infection. Several children in our communities have died in the last few years from preventable illnesses. WYCF will support families to access the right health care when they need it most.
If you need full details about our organisation including legality of our operation in Sierra Leone, please do not hesitate to contact us.
You can help us in whatever way you think you can help us achieve our objectives.