VIDEO: WOV Reflections on Sierra Leone trip
Hear from Women of Vision as they reflect on their January 2014 trip to Sierra Leone, visiting World Vision’s brand new program area, working to help moms and preschoolers not only live, but thrive.
Ranked 180th out of 182 countries on the Human Development Index, Sierra Leone is one of the world’s poorest countries. More than 70 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. The World Food Program estimates that about 40 percent of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnourishment. In the Pejeh-Sowa community, there are more than 9,000 women of childbearing age and more than 7,200 acutely malnourished preschoolers.
Through the Strong Women, Strong World initiative, World Vision is addressing the underlying causes of poor health from a holistic standpoint—building sustainable, community-led healthcare systems, while at the same time building up women and empowering them to take charge of their health.