[photo from November/ December 2008 issue of World Ark]Heifer International recently featured an article on their work in Sierra Leone. Heifer International is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty. It provides gifts of livestock and plants, as well as education in sustainable agriculture, to financially disadvantaged families around the world.
In April 2008 Heifer International opened a country office in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Heifer International worked in Sierra Leone prior to the 11-year civil war, but operations ceased during the war.
One of the most valuable resources lost during the war was livestock. There is hope that with aid from Heifer International, projects focused on redeveloping the areas of livestock and agriculture will provide the opportunity for people in Sierra Leone to begin providing for themselves again.
Facts from the article:
- Sierra Leone ranks last on the 2007/2008 United Nations Human Development Index, a composite measure of three dimensions of human development: living a long and healthy life, being educated and having a decent standard of living.
- Agriculture accounts for 45 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
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