Livelihood support for people with mental health issues

The project aims to sustainably increase the income of people with mental disorders/epilepsy and their caregivers and families through livelihoods provision and support. More specifically, 179 people with mental disorders/epilepsy and their caregivers that are organised in self-help groups will be supported in order for them to develop Income Generating Activities.They will be provided with basic financial management training, marketing skills, and record keeping. The members of the self-help groups will be assisted in establishing and maintaining Village Savings Loans Associations. In addition, training in self-help group management, decision making processes, advocacy and human rights monitoring will be dispensed.

Network4Africa is a registered Charity in the UK that works with communities in sub-Saharan Africa in the aftermath of conflict and genocide, helping forgotten survivors left behind by the world after the fighting stops and the disaster relief moves on.





Education / Community Development


July 2021 - June 2024


Port Loko / Sierra Leone

With whom


Health Poverty Action



Sierra Leone

7.6 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 510/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
53% (2011)

Literacy rate
32% (2016)

Human Development Index
184th out of 189 countries (2018)

Sierra Leone has made considerable progress since the end of the civil war in 2002, consolidating peace, democracy and improving development indicators. The Sierra Leone government has prioritised and implemented reforms aimed at reducing corruption, providing health care and improving transport, power and public health infrastructures. Despite these significant political and socio-economic achievements, infant and maternal mortality rates are among the worst in the world. Poverty is heavily concentrated in the rural and other urban areas around Freetown. Underemployment remains a challenge and is especially acute in rural areas, compounded by a high level of illiteracy. The Ebola outbreak in 2014 added immense pressure to already fragile health systems.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.