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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.