Primary school boarding house


SSLDF aimed to construct and equip the first floor of a boarding house for 120 students (60 per floor) at a primary school in the village of Magbenteh. The project was to accommodate orphans and vulnerable students from the region to enable them to attend school and relieve their guardians. Funds for the second floor of the building had been secured.

Construction of the first floor of the boarding house was completed at the end of September 2017. Solar lamps were installed on the veranda and in the rooms, due to the lack of electricity in the area. 184 children (boys and girls) were able to begin their 2017-2018 school year in good conditions. The majority of the children had never attended school before. The primary school in Magbenteh was a source of pride for the children and their families. Working in close partnership with the local communities, the school focused on girls’ education and their ability to become independent. In constant contact with the district authorities, SSLDF was confident that the government would take over funding of the teachers’ salaries at the start of the 2018-2019 school year, instead of in 2022 as previously planned.


The NGO:
The Swiss-Sierra Leone Development Foundation (SSLDF) was founded in 1996. It seeks to enhance and promote the welfare and socio-economic development of vulnerable groups in Sierra Leone. To this end, it has developed and provides continued support to the Magbenteh Community Hospital (MCH) in Makeni.



October 2016 – September 2017


With whom
Swiss-Sierra Leone Development Foundation (SSLDF)