ABOUT SLAA – we believe better health and education is the key to poverty alleviation.
SLAA’s (Sierra Leonean Adventists Abroad) record of charity work spans over 20 years. We are a UK based charity (1085936)
Diaspora organisation helping to change lives of people in some of the most disadvantaged communities in Sierra Leone. We do this by working with partners to bring about improvements in health and education – two Millennium Development Goals Sierra Leone is struggling to achieve. Founded in 1992 by students of Sierra Leonean ethnicity attending the Adventist Newbold College in Berkshire UK as a reaction against the civil war in their country of birth in the 90s. Initially SLAA provided advocacy, lobbied in the UK for end of the war, and provided aid to war refugees in Sierra Leone.
Today Masanga Hospital is the largest project SLAA undertakes in partnership with Masanga DK, Capacare in Norway, Masanga UK and Masanga Netherlands.
We are made up of subscription paying members from various professional backgrounds. Members include health professionals now serving in the UK NHS whose career benefited from working and being trained at Masanga Hospital before its closure in the 90s. Several of our members originate from the Tonkolili District where the hospital is located, and some were born in Masanga Village. Motivated to give something back in recognition of how the existence of Masanga Hospital had radically changed their lives in the past and contribute to the development of an impoverished area, the group decided to embark on a project in 2004 to re-establish the war damaged hospital, but found the scale of the work was too large to undertake on its own. In 2006 SLAA entered into partnership with AFOM (Masanga
DK) in Denmark, under the leadership of Dr Peter Bo Jorgensen. In that same year we signed a tripartite agreement between the Government of Sierra Leone, Masanga DK and SLAA for the rehabilitation of Masanga Hospital. The partners expanded to take in Capacare, Masanga UK and Masanga Netherlands. The relationship has been a successful one, with over 100,000 patients now treated at Masanga Hospital since opening in 2006.
In addition to the Masanga Hospital project, SLAA runs an education grant scheme for talented students from poor backgrounds.
In 2009 Dr Cole, Chairman of SLAA was given the BT Chairman Community Champion award in recognition for contribution to the work in Masanga Hospital. The award is one of the company’s highest accolades and an highly regarded charity award scheme.
For more information contact: Dr Eddie Cole, firstname.lastname@example.org: mobile 07884 476783