Our Links in Sierra Leone
According to the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund Sierra Leone is one of the 10 poorest countries in the world with over 80% of its population living in abject poverty. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that disabled people make up approximately ten percent of a population of 6 million, but the actual figure is likely to be much higher, due to the impact of ten years of a brutal civil war. Disabled people are often stigmatised by society and with severely limited access to education and economic opportunities in the country, it is not surprising that they constitute a significant percentage of those living in abject poverty. Freetown is the capital of Sierra Leone and is a vibrant mix of colour, traffic, noise and amazing people.
The Dorothy Springer Trust
The Dorothy Springer Trust (DST) was formed in 2006 as a charity that aims to help disabled young people to support themselves and their families through skilled employment. DST also actively lobbies for the rights of disabled young people with the government.
For the latest DST information please check out their website by clicking here. You can visit the DST Facebook page, which is updated regularly, here.
Regent Road Baptist Church
Regent Road Baptist Church was founded in 1792 and is the oldest Baptist Church in Africa. We have been establishing links with the church and last year a group of 11 people from EBC visited and worked with the church.