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Population 5.7 million
Land mass 71,740 sq km
Life expectancy 47.8 years
Under age 5 mortality 19%
Literacy rate 40%
Access to safe water  57%
3 doctors per 100,000
57% population live on $US1 per day or less
United Nations HDI ranking 180/187

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Efforts are being made to equip the new generation with access to education ... with books to read ... with a chance to learn.  With your help, education and knowledge can assist in empowering this country to a better future, from the grass roots up.

From Sydney Australia, there is large support from schools, libraries, companies,some charities and individuals. All have united to assist the Kanga Schools project together with a number of Sierra Leone refugees in Australia, many of whom act as “sponsors” for the beneficiary schools in Sierra Leone.


There is a constant drive to collect second hand text books, reference books, fiction, and teaching aids - second hand computers and peripherals. Collections are made within the Sydney metropolitan area. On return to the warehouse, the books are sorted, packed, marked with contents and designated school, stored, and shipped to schools in Sierra Leone. On arrival in Freetown, the shipment is transported to a safe compound, and under strict supervision is distributed as marked to the designated schools.

NOW THERE ARE 67 SCHOOLS BEING SUPPORTED!
From just one school being assisted in 2006, the project has grown to 10 schools in 2008 – and by February 2013 this has increased to 67 schools with more than 50,000 children!  Generators have been provided to 61 schools to power the computers - and 19 schools have received the financial assistance needed to build a library.   In addition, a large number of books and computers are being directed to the national library in Freetown, the regional libraries in Bo, Kenema, Makeni and Magburaka and to technical colleges and medical schools. 


 
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