Projects

Developing Business; Changing Communities; Building a Nation

Having operated for over two decades amidst a civil war and a host of other challenging socio economic conditions,  Lifeline Nehemiah Projects has a rich history of pioneering projects and initiatives throughout Sierra Leone.

 

Making an Impact in Ebola Affected Communities
Ebola Response
Ebola reached Freetown in September 2014.  The team at LNP have responded flexibly and diligently, catering a number of programmatic responses towards meeting the needs of an Ebola stricken community. 
Investing in Young People; Building a Nation
Young Offenders Program
As part of our partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, we provide mentoring and education support (which includes formal and vocational training) to the young offenders at the Approved School Juvenile Centre. The trainees are allowed on day release from the Approved School, which is quite close to the projects to join the course.
Developing Business; Building a Nation
Social Enterprise
It is our hope that Lifeline Nehemiah Projects will be run solely through self-generated income. We feel very strongly that real development can only be achieved through sustainability. To meet this aim, the boys within the Nehemiah Home, under the guidance of the project leaders, operate several social enterprises. Currently the home operates transportation and entertainment enterprise; screening football matches. It is our ambition to expand these businesses and add new ones.
Changing Communities; Building a Nation
Agricultural Development
The organisation operates in some of the remote provinces and villages of Sierra Leone providing support to rural communities. The project aims to provide members of these communities with the tools, skills, knowledge and enterprise needed to farm their lands sustainably, providing not only food for subsistence, but to generate consistent income. Emphasis is not only placed on farming but on the importance of teaching relevant business skills to improve the prospects of long-term growth for the community.
Investing in Young People; Building a Nation
Lifeline Nehemiah Technical & Vocational Training
The Lifeline Nehemiah Technical & Vocational centre trains young people across different industries, suitable for immediate employment. Youth unemployment in Sierra Leone is at 800,000 and 80% of young people who are employed; earn less than $2 a day.
To Educate a Child is to Build a Nation
Lifeline Nehemiah Schools
As a response to the desperate need of over a 1000 displaced children (the result of the 6 January 1999 rebel invasion) living in the Approved School Camp, Lifeline Nehemiah Projects established its first school. A primary school was setup providing free education for over 700 children, mainly for those in the displaced persons’ camp near the school building both during and after the conflict. In a similar vein, in response to current educational needs across Sierra Leone, Lifeline Nehemiah Projects operates nursery, primary, and secondary education in some of the poorest communities in Sierra Leone.
Investing in Young People; Building a Nation
The Nehemiah Leadership Training Program
The initial purpose of the project was to provide a safe, secure and loving home for boys affected by the civil war. Many of these boys have had experiences in the conflict itself, some serving as child soldiers recruited by the rebels; as soldiers in local militia; or lost their families and communities int he conflict. From its creation to now, the Nehemiah project has had over 800 direct beneficiaries. The project is still dedicated to this purpose; to develop leaders in a caring environment.
1999-2008
Ruth's Nest Project
Soon after the setup of the Nehemiah Home, it was agreed that the issues for the females were quite distinct and should be catered for separately from the males. The Ruth Nest programme provided residential care for girls and young women who were rebel soldiers, who were captured and abused by rebel troops, or who had being orphaned. A number of these young women had their own children (some as young as 14) and no family to return to. Through the Ruth’s Nest programme these women were able to to experience healing in their lives, gain education and vocational skills which has enabled them to move on in the community.
2001-2009
Community Health
The initial task was to train a group of local people in a basic community health course. Thirteen individuals were taught for seven weeks not only about the prevention and treatment of common diseases, but also how health and illness is related to other aspects of community life. For example simple agriculture – how to grow healthy food for your family; sanitation – the importance of clean water supply and efficient waste disposal to prevent the spread of disease. One of the most effective means of communicating the message was through street drama. The students made up several amusing skits with various messages, and performed them around the village
2000-2005
Lifeline Business & Computer Training Institute
In September 2000 the first LifeLine Business & Computer Studies Institute was set up in Lungi. Its primary aims were to offer a rehabilitation programme for those who were involved in the atrocities of the war. It helped ex-combatants to be able to show care and concern for members of the community and learn to resolve conflicts in a peaceful and rational manner. The institute was registered with the Institute of Commercial Management in the UK. The programme equipped students with the qualification and skills they needed to get employment and also contribute to the country’s economic future.
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A primary school was setup providing free education for over 700 children, mainly for those in the displaced persons’ camp near the school building both during and after the conflict.
2001-2004
Makeni & Masoila Projects
In light of the success of our training programs in Lungi, Lifeline Nehemiah Projects was asked to set up trainnig in Masoila andMakeni, North of Sierra Leone.
2001-2004
Agricultural Project
Vocational training for 45 ex-combatants aged 16+. They were brought in daily from the local post-conflict camp housing thousands of ex-rebels. The boys were taught how to farm and produce a variety of crops including peppers, coffee, rice and cassava. Produce grown was used to feed the students and provide food for the rehabilitation project; the surplus was sold locally to help support the funding of the project.
2000-2003
Baby Food Project
Providing nutritious food for babies in the post war poverty stricken community of Kuntorloh Wellington, Sierra Leone.