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23 May 2018 description

Dakar, May 23 (BNA): The embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Senegal has distributed more than 10,000 food baskets for eligible families and needy segments of society in Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leon, Cape Verde and Cote d'Ivoire.

Part of the embassy's annual Iftar Saem Programme, the food parcels are funded by the Khalifa bin Zayed AL Nahyan Foundation, Emirates Red Cross, Dubai Charity Association, Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Dar El-Ber Society and Ahmad bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for Charitable and Humanitarian Works.

23 May 2018 description
report Start Network

A global fund that provides rapid humanitarian aid for overlooked crises, is marking the second anniversary of the World Humanitarian Summit by sharing the impact of its 4th year, through its new annual report released today.

The Start Fund fills a critical gap in humanitarian financing. It pools funding from donors for immediate release for underfunded small to medium scale crises, spikes in chronic humanitarian crises, and to act in anticipation of impending crises.

22 May 2018 description
report Theirworld

A huge overhaul of Sierra Leone's education system is underway. Broken by the decade-long civil war and then battered by the effects of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, it has been slowly recovering.

Now a raft of reforms have been brought in by new President Julius Maada Bio. A promise of free primary and secondary schooling for all was part of the campaign that helped him sweep to victory last month. Now he has announced that will start in September.

He also revealed that education's share of the annual spending budget will be almost doubled from 11% to 20%.

21 May 2018 description
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Communication on Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 18 May 2018

Education in emergencies helps millions of children in need across the world.

The Commission has adopted a new policy framework today that aims to increase humanitarian funding for education in emergencies and crises to 10% of its overall humanitarian aid budget as of 2019. The policy also aims to bring children caught up in humanitarian crises back to learning within 3 months.

18 May 2018 description

Sierra Leone introduced the ban in 2015 after a rise in rape, abuse and poverty during the deadly Ebola outbreak.

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, May 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A West African court is to examine a ban on pregnant girls going to school in Sierra Leone in a landmark case that campaigners say could strengthen girls' rights across the region.

Sierra Leone introduced the ban in 2015 after a rise in rape, abuse and poverty during the deadly Ebola outbreak fuelled a spike in teenage pregnancies.

16 May 2018 description

32 Education staff supported by UNHCR in Bahn High Extension School, Tchien Public School and Little Wlebo Extension Elementary School

407 Birth certificates have been shared with refugee parents from January-April 2018

11,263 Total number of refugees remaining in Liberia

CONTEXT HIGHLIGHTS

24 Apr 2018 description

In Numbers

141.59 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 31,500 cash-based transfers made
US$ 7,914,883 six months (April-Sept 2018) net funding requirements, representing 64% of total

4,907 people assisted in March 2018

Operational Updates

11 Apr 2018 description

POPULATION OF CONCERN: 11,261

CONTEXT HIGHLIGHTS

11 Apr 2018 description

In Numbers

12.054 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 174,071 cash based transfers made

USD 7,914,883 six months (March-Aug 2018) net funding requirements, representing 64% of total

8,580 people assisted in FEBRUARY 2018

Operational Updates

12 Mar 2018 description

Bridging the Gap

Over the course of this three-year project, research teams in four countries (Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia) set out to better understand the relationship between disability and development in each country across four domains (education, health, labour markets and social protection). These countries were chosen as they demonstrate a range of socioeconomic stages of development. All have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

09 Mar 2018 description

POPULATION OF CONCERN: 11,533 By country of origin

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

  • UNHCR works with the Government of Liberia through the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) and provides funding to the following NGOs to provide protection and assistance in favor of refugees and asylum seekers:

  • Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA)

  • African Initiatives for Relief and Development (AIRD)

  • Special Emergency Activity to Restore Children’s Hope (SEARCH).

09 Mar 2018 description

POPULATION OF CONCERN: 11,557

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

  • UNHCR works with the Government of Liberia through the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) and provides funding to the following NGOs to provide protection and assistance in favor of refugees and asylum seekers:

  • African Initiatives for Relief and Development (AIRD)

  • Special Emergency to Restore Children's Hope (SEARCH)

Context Highlights

07 Mar 2018 description
report World Bank

Investment surpasses April 2016 commitment three years ahead of schedule

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2018 – The World Bank Group (WBG) has invested US$3.2 billion over the past two years in education projects benefiting adolescent girls, surpassing its April 2016 commitment to invest US$2.5 billion over five years, the organization announced today on the eve of International Women’s Day.

07 Mar 2018 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries have been serving in Sierra Leone since 2001, when they began working to rehabilitate former child soldiers. In the years since, Don Bosco Fambul, located in the country’s capital city of Freetown, has become one of the country’s leading child welfare organizations—offering food, clothing, crisis intervention services, shelter, educational opportunities, long-term counseling and family reunification.

14 Feb 2018 description
report Street Child

Charity Street Child releases report 6 months on from Sierra Leone Mudslides

On Monday 14th August an estimated 1,000 people died when an entire mountainside collapsed in the capital of Sierra Leone. Huge boulders, dislodged by rain, left a two-mile trail of destruction – flattening everything in its path.

19 Jan 2018 description

Editorial

Le plaisir est pour nous de vous présenter le Bulletin annuel de la délégation de Conakry. Il résume les différentes activités menées sur l’ensemble du territoire guinéen par l’institution à partir de sa délégation de Conakry, sa sous-délégation de Nzérékoré ainsi que la Sierra Leone.

12 Dec 2017 description

Highlights

• WFP received a mission from the Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger and Undernutrition (REACH) from Rome to review the progress of REACH activities in Sierra Leone.

• WFP delivered a one-month food ration to the Don Bosco Fambul orphanage and St George’s Foundation, which are taking care of mudslide affected children and women as well as over 100 youth volunteers involved in the rescue and body retrieval during the emergency response.

20 Nov 2017 description

Key messages

Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and healthy development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can rebuild their lives; restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills. It helps children to be self-sufficient, to be heard, and to have more influence on issues that affect them. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

01 Nov 2017 description

Amie Amara is a bright girl. At 16 years of age, she only has two more years before she can take the university entrance exams.

Three years ago, her family moved to Luawah Chiefdom in Kailahun district from neighboring Guinea. Kailahun is the eastern-most district of Sierra Leone, approximately 412 kilometers from the capital, Freetown.

Back then in Guinea, Amara was a grade-A schoolgirl.

In Kailahun, access to pure water was a serious constraint. Life wasn’t as easy as it once was for Amara.

31 Oct 2017 description

This weekly update is produced by UNDP in collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Sierra Leone, liaising with the Office of National Security and development partners.

Situation overview

Following the landslides and floods that hit Freetown and surrounding areas on 14 August 2017, the UN system in Sierra Leone continues to support national recovery.