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Let's Make Sierra Leone a Better Place
- Richard Konteh
“I want to secure a better, brighter future for all Sierra Leoneans.”
We have a big choice to make. Hardship and poverty is destroying Sierra Leone. We can create a better future together.
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Our nation’s success is built on the founding principles of unity, freedom, justice, unlimited opportunity, quality education, commitment to hard work, and the freedom to pursue our dreams.
D-Unifier team envision a nation where every Sierra Leonean is better educated; live a healthy life in an healthy environment; prosper and have more money in their pockets or bank accounts; have equal opportunity to live a life of purpose and abundance; a nation were our natural resources benefit every citizen; a nation that will create sustainable jobs; a nation that will empower women and girls, youths and seniors, and invest in national unity and in the private sector.
Our goal is to Make Sierra Leone a Better Place to Live, Work and Play. Together, we can afford to take care of each other in Sierra Leone. We can lift each other up, and break the cycle of poverty. We can build a better Sierra Leone for everyone. Together, we can make it happen!
A Message from Dr. Richard Konteh
My fellow Sierra Leoneans,
Our country Sierra Leone is in a period of tremendous upheaval. The more we visualize what comes next, the clearer it becomes that the future of our country is hopeless.
There are over 60% of Sierra Leoneans living in poverty today. The country remains among the world’s poorest countries, ranking 182nd out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index in 2020. Decades of economic decline and 11 years of armed conflict had dramatic consequences on the economy. Poverty remains widespread.
When I traveled around the country in the past two years, listening to people share their experiences, it became clear how complex and deeply entrenched a problem this has become, and how urgently a real, actionable national development and poverty reduction plan is needed.
It’s not just about a lack of financial resources. It’s about not having the same opportunities as other people. It’s about feeling invisible, diminished and devalued by society. It’s about being forced to make impossible choices, like whether to buy medicine or buy food. And if they have small food, who will eat first - the parent or the kids? It’s about the constant struggle that keeps people trapped, striving for a life that, too often, they can’t quite reach.
Whether it is people with disabilities, single mothers escaping violence, the chronically underemployed looking for more stability and security, or the thousands of others struggling with poverty, I hear every day from people who have been left behind and are looking for better opportunities and better lives.
We need to do something new and bold to get our country back on track. We have to solve our challenges with bold, innovative ideas. Without these ideas and a real plan for progress, we cannot utilize our country’s capacity to help people when they need it most.
My vision for a Better Sierra Leone aims to make life more affordable for people struggling to get by, through reducing costs and increasing incomes. We will also focus on creating opportunities for people -young and old, by providing people with the supports they need to help break the cycle of poverty. We will work toward national unity, by confronting institutionalized tribalism, nepotism, racism and addressing the continuing legacy of harmful policies.
Together, we can make real progress on national development, poverty reduction and create a more socially inclusive nation. We can achieve these goals! We can make people’s lives better and create the opportunity for people to build a more prosperous future for themselves and their children. This is our commitment!
It's a great pleasure I invite you to join me in this ambitious and difficult vision. Come, let's make Sierra Leone a better place to live, work and play!
Make Sierra Leone a Better Place to Live, Work and Play
This video by WFP explain to some extent why we care about hardship and poverty in Sierra Leone.
Watch and join us in the fight to end poverty in Sierra Leone.