All As One saves the lives of orphaned and abandoned children in Freetown, Sierra Leone. In a nation where thousands of children are left to survive on their own, All As One is a vibrant Children's Center that feeds, educates and cares for about 180 children every day.
Sierra Leone has no government-funded children's services, which means that without All As One, children would end up on the streets of Freetown. Among All As One's core services are the following...
The All As One Children's Center provides complete care for Sierra Leone’s most vulnerable children. In addition to 24-hour crisis response and care, orphaned and abandoned children live in the home and receive specific and appropriate help including shelter, nutrition, medical care and education. With a staff of over 35 Sierra Leoneans, All As One is there for children, around the clock. For many of our children, this is the first sense of home they have ever experienced.
The All As One Academy (accredited by the government of Sierra Leone), enrolls children living at the Center and children in the surrounding community. For the community children, we provide one meal a day along with preschool, kindergarten, primary and junior secondary classes. We teach our students English, mathematics, literature, social studies, science, arts and physical education. The school employs teachers from the local community who bring cultural relevance to the lessons.
The All As One Medical Clinic helps keep Sierra Leonean children and families healthy by providing preventative intervention and medical treatment. Our professionally staffed clinic gives much-needed medical treatment to infants, children, and adults. We have registered nurses on staff, and direct access to local doctors where needed. Our medical clinic serves our children and others from the Freetown community.
We also average an additional 200-300 requests for medical and educational assistance each month. The emergency hospital near our Children's Center recently closed its children's ward, and the influx of these cases are coming to our clinic instead. We cover school fees, give school supplies, buy school uniforms, treat sick children, refer them to hospitals (often paying all or part of the bill), and help the child's family members, when needed.