Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Lifeline Nehemiah Organization’s mentorship program has positively impacted over eight hundred Sierra Leoneans who are now engaged in various professions, according to the Executive Director. The announcement came after the organization was honoured with the prestigious Non-Governmental Organization of the Year 2023 award by the Sierra Leone Non-Governmental Organization.
Mohamed Fornah, a beneficiary of Lifeline Nehemiah Organization’s mentorship program, shared how it transformed his life. The Executive Director, Prince Tony Williams, explained that the project, established in 1996, originated from the efforts of the late Richard Cole. Cole had negotiated the release of children captured by rebels, bringing them to the Approve School in the east-end of Freetown.
Many of these children, now grown-ups, returned to the community to invest in vulnerable kids facing circumstances similar to those they experienced. Williams outlined the organization’s expanded focus on education (primary, secondary, and technical vocational studies), leadership training, agriculture, and supporting pregnant girls by facilitating their return to school.
The project also links farmers across the country to markets, enabling them to negotiate and add value to their produce. Lifeline Nehemiah aims to empower orphaned children, disadvantaged young adults, women, and girls in Sierra Leone to thrive in safe communities and contribute meaningfully.
Williams highlighted the organization’s values: Serving the Community, Teamwork, Excellence, Accountability, Don’t Turn a Blind Eye, Integrity (STEADI). While expressing gratitude to partners, he acknowledged financial challenges and appealed for additional support to efficiently run the organization’s activities. SKS/24/11/2023