Currently operating in 18 communities in Kailahun District in Sierra Leone, West Africa, OneVillage Partners’ work has reached approximately 22,610 people.
Our model focuses on long-term solutions, supporting communities to imagine a future where they work together to thrive without external support. The communities we work with design and implement the project themselves. So when we say we have built 847 latrine drop holes, this has been a collaboration between OneVillage Partners staff, chiefs, community volunteers, skilled workers and the community as a whole.
Here is what the community of Ngolahun has achieved since 2015. They are currently working on a bridge to improve safe, year-round access to their farms.
When we say that 98% of women in our financial literacy program have stated they feel more empowered to use their voice; this is testament not just to the growing skill and confidence of the participants as they lead by example, but to the changing attitudes of the community as a whole.
We are proud of the flexibility and diversity of our programs. In partnership with villages, we seek collaboration and opportunities for relevant expertise. 2017 saw the implementation of multi-disciplinary trainings with partners on agricultural productivity, food processing, microcredit loans, soap making, water chlorination, public health and drinking well repair and maintenance.
Through our work we are seeing community volunteers increasingly respected and looked upon as leaders, with 94% of trained volunteers identifying as leaders, and 54% of volunteers now holding leadership roles.