Programme for Children, Sierra Leone

Past and present events have created overwhelming obstacles for access to education in Sierra Leone. Programme for Children, with support from their US based non-profit, Schools for Salone, has built over 65 schools, countless latrines and water wells for children to access education.

About the project

Programme for Children (PFC) is a registered Sierra Leonean NGO held in high regard in Sierra Leone for the work they do to support communities and build educational opportunities. Since 1980, Joseph Williams-Lamin and PFC have constructed over 65 schools, countless latrines and water wells, and provided scholarships for thousands of children to go to school. Programme for Children has worked with partners in Denmark and the United States, Schools for Salone, on social, education, water, sanitation and human rights issues in Sierra Leone. The 10-year civil war, ending in 2002, destroyed most of the country’s infrastructure. Sierra Leone has made small successes to rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, governance, and worked to reinstate peace, but development has proved slow. It is challenging at best for students to continue their education past primary school in the more rural areas due to lack of a nearby middle school. Families must often decide between sending their student off to live elsewhere, closer to a middle school, or walk significant distances to go to school.

Programme for Children (PFC) works together with local villages that identify a need for a school, the village donate and clear the land. The overarching objective is to improve access to education in Njomborhun by working with the community to build a four-classroom school with a rainwater collection handwashing station and a latrine with three private stalls. The school will need a water well to assure access to clean water for drinking and sanitation and hygiene. Additionally, PFC will help establish the school with the tools and resources it needs to get off the ground, including furniture, books, bookshelves, learning materials, and school supplies.


How we help

In 2019, Mona Foundation committed to helping Programme for Children build a four classroom middle school, providing 150 children safe access to education.

This project directly relates to Mona Foundation’s mission of reducing poverty through universal education because it will significantly increase the number of students who can further their education past primary school, especially girls, in this impoverished area of Sierra Leone. This project directly responds to needs that originated in the community and will change the future of an entire generation.



There are five primary schools in the Njomborhun village environs. For these students to continue their education past primary school they must either walk six to eight miles each way to the nearest middle school or find somewhere to stay near the school. The distance the students have to walk significantly affects the number that actually go on to further their education. Unfortunately, this leaves girls vulnerable and has led to a high rate of teenage pregnancy.

The objective is to improve access to education in Njomborhun by working with the community to build a four-classroom school with a rainwater collection handwashing station and a latrine with three private stalls. The school will need a water well to assure access to clean water for drinking and sanitation and hygiene. Additionally, we will help establish the school with the tools and resources it needs to get off the ground, including furniture, books, bookshelves, learning materials, and school supplies.

Njomborhun is in Jaiama Chiefdom, a Chiefdom that is very motivated to improve educational opportunity for their children. Students in Njomborhun have to walk eight miles each way to the nearest middle school, a distance that is not practical for most children. Children have been dropping out of school when they reach intermediate level because it is not practical or affordable to attend school so far away. The new middle school would start with approximately 150 students (85 girls and 65 boys) coming from the five surrounding primary schools.

Help fund a middle school in Jomborhun, Sierra Leone

Click on each of the suggested donation amounts below to see what your investment in education of children and youth can support in this school.

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2018 Achievements

Schools for Salone and Programme for Children have completed
24 similar schools and 3 libraries together in pursuit of providing access to education to children across Sierra Leone.

2019 Project Goals

  • Build a four-classroom school with a rainwater collection handwashing station and a latrine with three private stalls which will initially serve 150 students.

Change a life!

Give $30 a month to provide one girl safe access to education

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