Zakat Foundation in Sierra Leone
The coastal country of Sierra Leone has yet to fully recover from a long, brutal decade of civil war, which displaced over two million people and destroyed most of the country’s basic institutions before ending in 2002. Since then, the process of recovery and reconstruction has been gradual. Sierra Leone has made major reforms ranging from internal security to repatriation of displaced citizens from surrounding countries. However, Sierra Leone still ranks at or near the bottom of almost every social development indicator.
Sierra Leone is enriched with natural resources that remain untapped because of almost non-existent manufacturing capacity. Half the population remains reliant on subsistence farming, leaving them particularly vulnerable to extremes of weather and climate. Extremely low labor productivity, lack of irrigation, over-harvesting, and inaccessibility to food markets have exacerbated the country’s severe poverty.
In Sierra Leone, Zakat Foundation of America distributes food gifts during the Udhiya/Qurbani holiday seasons, installs water wells in dangerously dry communities, and has constructed new mosques.
Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center