We improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families in Sierra Leone through quality education and life empowering opportunities.
We Yone Child Foundation (WYCF), founded in 2009, is a registered, tax-exempt charity in Sierra Leone. Our full-time job is running our primary schools in Kroo Bay and George Brook, Freetown.
In 1996, twelve-year-old Santigie Bayo Dumbuya was among several boys who were taken from Kamabonko Village to fight for the Revolutionary United Front during the Sierra Leone Civil War. Fighting near the Guinean border, by the age of fourteen Santigie had sustained multiple bullet and shrapnel wounds.
In 1999, Santigie’s unit was stationed near a team called Sanyah.
‘When we entered the town in the evening the heavy gunfight sounded like music, but full of death and sorrow. What I saw on that day was so terrible. Some of my close friends were killed. During the fighting I saw a female child at the age of 5-6 years old crying. I saw two people lying on the ground, one was already dead and the other is struggling to die.’ Santigie remembered his village and the person whom he was raised to be – ‘that was the day of my revolution and my heart was inspired.’
He dropped his gun and ran through the crossfire to save the girl. With no food or water, Santigie carried her for two days and two nights to safety. He saved her life.
Santigie never saw the girl again. He went to Freetown to recover from the war, complete his education and founded We Yone Child Foundation (WYCF) in 2009. Santigie decided to focus WYCF’s efforts on Kroo Bay and George Brook. the appalling conditions in these two communities called for action and no other organization was producing results.
‘We Yone’ means ‘our own” in the locally spoken Krio language. It is the perfect description for the way we feel about the children we work for every day.
Provide sustainable education and care to underprivileged children, and overcome the social and environmental problems that deepen and perpetuate the cycle of poverty.
Educated children and empowered families to live in healthy, developed and integrated communities.
WYCF’s strategic priorities up to 2023 are:
– High-quality primary schools;
-Access to secondary school;
-Equal Opportunities for girls and women;
-Healthy families in healthy communities;
-Female empowerment and self-reliance.
“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. We believe education is the gateway to the future. This is why we are building sustainable educational institutions for the poorest communities in Sierra Leone – to overcome social and environmental problems that deepen and perpetuate the cycle of poverty.”
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6 Somalia Town, Pharmacy,
off Pademba Road Prison
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone, West Africa. National Charity Registration #: NNGO/646. MSWGCA 109. Tax Exemption No: 1026904-7
We Yone Child Foundation is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization. WYCF partners with US-based Omprakash, registered under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. U.S. donations through the Omprakash website are fully tax deductible as code permits.
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