The West Africa Christian Peace and Education Foundation is a registered charity under the government of Sierra Leone, with a Reg. No: NNGO /875/2020-2021
It was established in 2020 in Sierra Leone.
Wacpe Foundation, a non-profit organization is to empower underprivileged children, youth and women through relevant education, innovative healthcare and market-focused livelihood programmed.
The foundation seeks to provide educational support to vulnerable children and entrepreneurship skills development for young men and women. Since establishment, the foundation has given support to those projects by partnering with primary and secondary schools, which we believe will truly make a difference in the lives of children and young men and women.
What We Believe
Wacpe Foundation believes that unless members of the civil society are involved proactively in the process of development, sustainable change will not happen. Believing in this principle of ‘Civic Driven Change’, Wacpe Foundation sensitizes the civil society in order to make them partners in its mission.
Wacpe Foundation, an NGO working for child education believes that education is both the means as well as the end to a better life: the means because it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one’s awareness on a range of issues – from healthcare to appropriate social behavior to understanding one’s rights – and in the process help him/her evolve as a better citizen. Education is the most effective tool which helps children build a strong foundation; enabling them to free themselves from the vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty and disease.
Wacpe Foundation realized that Education for Children cannot be achieved without the family, particularly, unless the mother is assured of health care and empowered. Moreover, when an elder sibling is educated and relevantly skilled to be employable and begins earning, the journey of empowerment continues beyond the present generation.
Wacpe Foundation extended its thematic areas of intervention by supporting family health, livelihood, and women empowerment. Children, their families and the community become the target group for Wacpe Foundation’s activities as child education cannot be done in isolation and nothing else but education for children can bring long lasting change in the society.
HOW WE DO OUR WORK:
Education is both the means as well as the end to a better life; means, because it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one’s awareness on a range of issues – from healthcare to appropriate social behavior to understanding one’s rights, and in the process evolve as a better citizen.
Wacpe Foundation’s educational initiatives include Pre-school [3-6 yrs], Non Formal Education [6-14 yrs non-school going], Remedial Education [6-14 yrs school going] We also have education plan for underprivileged children who are under difficult circumstances, such as child labor, children of poorest of the parents, children inflicted and affected with HIV/AIDS, street and runaway children, children with rare disabilities, disaster struck children and slum children. Special emphasis is given on girl child education and women education, so that they and their families get empowered.
While the health statistics of rural area of Sierra Leone continue to be poor, the health status and access to health for the poor in urban dwellers has surfaced to be equally deplorable and have less than 5% of government primary healthcare facilities.
Those in rural areas suffer from adverse health conditions owing to mainly two reasons –first the lack of education and thus lack of awareness; and second the unwillingness to lose a day’s wage in order to reach the nearest medical facility. Healthcare for underprivileged, which is a desperate need, thus remains unaddressed.
The need of the hour is thus a two pronged approach – first to bring quality healthcare services to doorsteps of the needy and second to promote healthcare awareness and contemporary healthcare seeking behavior among the underprivileged.
LIVELIHOOD PROJECTS FOR THE POOR.
Wacpe foundation is founded on the principle that local populations are the key to sustainable conservation and eradication of poverty.
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”
Agriculture is the backbone of the Sierra Leonean economy, with the sector accounting for an estimated 60.7% of GDP according to World Bank and OECD national accounts data, and employing around two-thirds of the national labour force.
Notwithstanding this, the sector’s vast potential is still largely untapped. Sierra Leone is endowed with approximately 5.4 million hectares of arable agricultural land, of which almost 75% is available for cultivation. The country boasts fertile soils and its ample rainfall averages roughly 3,800mm per year, making it one of the most humid countries in Africa. This climate supports a broad range of crops including rice, millet, cassava, mangoes and groundnuts, as well as livestock and cash crops, such as coffee, cocoa and palm oil. Crops of bananas, pineapples and sugarcane are also grown.
Based on this report, We organize cooperative networks and develop products that enable rural farmers to derive income through conservation.
Expanding to new communities is accomplished when local lead farmers take the initiative to contact Wacpe-foundation After which, a meeting is arranged in the farmer’s village. Each farmer working with our program receives:
- Individualized support
- Extensive training
- Connections to local and foreign markets
- Leadership training
- Technical support
Subsistence farmers in Sierra Leone live on less than $1 a day. Ways to earn income are few. Farmers are busy.
With just three months of Vegetables,rice,maize, production, our farmers can earn enough added income to send a child to school for a year.
We works with local lead farmers in 10 communities to set up support networks.
Women organize themselves to weave baskets and produce textiles, like tie & dye, and Batik designing.( African Wear )
Wacpe-foundation works hand in hand with farmers to design innovative approaches that improve farmers’ work and enhance their profits.
Income generating activities (IGAs)
Wacpe foundation engages women into development activities to assist women in the sustainable establishment of income generating activities to be undertaken in or near the home. It is the one of the main objectives of the self-help female groups formed with the support of the Project through its reinforcement of group promotion activities. IGAs tend to give women a higher status within the family and studies generally indicate that the greater the amount of income under women’s control the greater amount devoted to their children’s education. heath and nutrition. Generally incomes of women are used for the increase of the well being of the family.
The identification of income generating activities should come from a bottom up approach. An IGA should correspond to the needs of women, the failure of this kind of project generally comes from a gap between identifying women’s needs and designing viable project. This means that it may be implemented after some steps have already been carried out with the Project’s support like: We assist the women to identify problems, elaboration of a negotiated development program , group promotion. All these activities are carried out using participatory method
Potential income generating activities
Our much concern is on activities where women can use skills they already possess. Rural women have skills to do small-scale plant and agricultural and animal production, processing and preservation. Areas for potential promotion include home gardens (aromatic and medicinal plants and herbs vegetables), indoor plants, flowers, fruit tree nurseries, animal production dairy products, sewing, knitting embroidering, hairdressing, tie & dye.and Batik designing.
Food drying. processing and preservation
In many rural households women are seasonally involved with these activities, especially in Sierra Leone. They preserve surplus production for household consumption and for marketing when the family needs more cash. However, the regular production of a standardized product for the market is still rare and a wide of local products which could be produced are absent.
Packaging is probably important in attracting consumers for local products when they must compete against imports. Producers need advice about moving dried and processed products from rural areas to larger outlets in towns. 2) Preparation and marketing of dairy products
Some agricultural production activities can be carried out in order to provide income such as: vegetables, and medicinal plants. flowers. indoor plants and fruit tree nurseries. The market for vegetables seems to be very important, Different groups of women implement these activities according to their own interests and skills, one specialized in production, the other in processing and packaging.
Establishment and improvement of livestock and poultry raising,
The first priority of many women (most of them belonging to the target group “low educational older women” is to establish or improve their animal production by buying small ruminants or improved poultry (particularly laying hen).
Other activities relevant to agricultural and animal production
Mushroom cultivation: it is already implemented at an experimental stage in a few households. Training focused more on men although a few women participate in the activity and seem to take more care and be more motivated. Extension material has been developed for this activity and the Project could emphasize training and extension for women. Moreover mushroom farmers work in small self-help groups.
Handicrafts : Support to develop handicrafts at village level is the priority request of women in all visited areas in Sierra Leone and concern carpet manufacturing, knitting and sewing. These activities are traditional and integrated in the cultural context.
One of the main problems expressed by women in rural areas in Sierra Leone was the lack of basis medical services. The aim of Wacpe Foundation is to train one or few women in this field to be explored in order to establish a small people’s dispensary at village level or at least a village pharmacy with basic medicines.
It is not their lack of theoretical knowledge that causes this. Instead, it is the lack of right skills and attitude. There is thus, an increasing concern among the leading employers of the country, about the dearth of ready-to-deliver employees. In addition, the macro perspective affirms that, it is crucial for the energy of the underprivileged youth to be channelized properly with proper direction to aid economic growth and nation building to elude their addition to family woes, social stress and national misery.
Therefore we aims at creating a pool of young and independent people, from a section of underprivileged youth, through skill enhancement with market requirements. It is an effort towards bridging the gap between demand and supply of skilled manpower in the fast emerging services and retail sectors of Sierra Leone.
This is a national level programmed through its livelihood projects trains the poor and underprivileged youth in Basic Computer Education and Soft Skills for enhancing their prospects of employment in the fast expanding retail, hospitality and other sectors.
Various studies, as well as our experience, have shown that when we work towards women empowerment, the whole society benefits. But unfortunately in Sierra Leone, far from empowering women, most are denied even their basic rights like health, education of girls for women empowerment, employment and a respectable status in society.
The program is specifically aimed at realization of both individual and collective self-esteem and inner strength for marginalized and socially excluded women and adolescent girls through innovative community practices.
We have developed a plan under the women empowerment programmed. The ‘4 S Model’ is an acronym for four novel approaches, namely Seeking Healthcare as a Behavior, Support for Education, Supporters through Male Involvement, and Sustaining the Change in Communities.
The program identifies adolescent girls and women from the community and develops them into Change Agents, who in turn actively contribute to the community mobilization process.
We’re changing the lives of young people across the country.
With your support, we’re dramatically improving the literacy rates across Sierra Leone. We are helping young people overcome barriers to education and reach their full potential.
Bank name: Ecobank Sierra Leone Ltd.
West Africa Christian peace and education foundation
Account number: 8201008577
Swift Code : ECOCSLFR