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Located in western Africa on the North Atlantic Ocean between Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone, Guinea is smaller than the state of Oregon. The children who live here suffer from a lack of safe water and preventable diseases as well as exploitation.
Many children in Guinea are not in school, and for younger children, there is often no foundation for later learning. ChildFund is implementing Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs, including building and equipping facilities.
Working with the Ministry of Health, we’re delivering health education programs, including HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, to local health workers. We’ve also trained more than 125 community volunteers to educate the community about disease prevention and proper hygiene. To provide access to safe water and sanitation facilities, we have provided 29 water systems in Guinea.
In addition, ChildFund Guinea has teamed with Lelano Andre Flamy, a young Guinean artist, to record a song about the importance of child protection. He sings about the fight against child exploitation, HIV/AIDS and other concerns. The video was prepared as part of ChildFund Guinea’s health education activities supported by the Irish Aide Project.
The video is played over the national television station at least once every week to increase the population’s awareness of issues that impact children in Guinea. Here’s a clip.
Learn more about ChildFund’s work in Guinea.
In recent weeks, government protests in Guinea, a nation in western Africa, have resulted in more than 150 deaths, and more than 1,200 people injured. Media outlets are reporting serious violations of human rights, including rapes.
In this period of renewed violence, children and families are especially in need of help.
“We are deeply concerned with the violence and alarmed by the escalating vulnerability of children in Guinea,” says ChildFund International Africa Regional Vice President Isam Ghanim. “Our ChildFund staff in Guinea are doing their best in one of the toughest operating environments in Africa to enable families and communities to protect children and ensure that they continue to have access to basic services in education and health. We call on our supporters and donors to sustain their support to children during such difficult times.”
ChildFund Guinea staff have succeeded so far in ensuring continuation of services to children, youth and women in its programs. None of ChildFund Guinea staff has been harmed in the violence. ChildFund Guinea is implementing measures to ensure staff safety and continuation of services to children.
ChildFund has been operating in Guinea since 2005. ChildFund Guinea programs focus on increasing access to quality basic education, strengthening community health, improving local livelihoods and providing youth and women with information to improve their reproductive health.
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Population: 10 million
ChildFund beneficiaries: More than 102,000 children and families
Did You Know?: Guinea is richly endowed with metals. It is known for its resources of diamonds, gold and several other types of metal.