ActionAid Sierra Leone was officially established in 1988, operating in the chiefdoms of Tonko Limba and Bramaia in the Kambia District.
In 1992 it expanded to the Sella Limba Chiefdom in the Bombali District in Northern Sierra Leone, and again into the deprived eastern suburbs of Freetown in 1995.
In 2000, ActionAid Sierra Leone started working in the South and East of the country to raise awareness of poverty and the link it has with conflict, and respond to the emergency situation the conflict was causing.
Over the years, there has been programme growth leading to the establishment of seven Development Areas in all regions of the country.
Until recently, ActionAid Sierra Leone has been directly delivering services in education, health care, water and sanitation and infrastructural development at both local and national levels.
In recent years we have focussed on the rights of poor and excluded people. Our priorities include women’s rights, the right to a life of dignity in the face of HIV and AIDS, the right to food, education and human security in a time of conflict and emergency as well as the right to just and democratic governance.
We are an international organisation that shares a common vision, mission and values in our fight against poverty.
We wish to see a world without poverty and injustice in which every person enjoys their right to a life of dignity.
We work with poor and excluded people to eradicate poverty and injustice.
Mutual respect: requiring us to recognise the worth of all people and the value of diversity.
Equality and justice: requiring us to work to ensure equal opportunity to everyone irrespective of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, colour, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion.
Honesty and transparency: being accountable for the effectiveness of our actions and open in our judgements and communications with others.
Solidarity: connecting with the poor, powerless and excluded will be the only bias in our commitments to the fight against poverty.
Courage of conviction: requiring us to be creative and radical, bold and innovative, without the fear of failure, in the pursuit of making the greatest possible impact on the causes of poverty.
Independence: from any religious or party political affiliation.
Humility: in our presentation and behaviour, recognising that we are part of a wider fight against poverty.