Caritas Sierra Leone frequently engages in partnerships with the global Caritas network to implement and carry out their programmes; such as Catholic Relief Services USA, Caritas Ireland-Trócaire, Caritas England and Wales-CAFOD, Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Africa. Caritas Sierra Leone operates nationwide through the National Office in Freetown and 4 Caritas diocesan offices. In pursuing its mission and vision, the agency consists of a Board of Directors, Management Team, and over 100 personnel nationwide.
Caritas Sierra Leone in partnership with Catholic Relief Services instituted a life skills programme to educate primary school children the value of avoiding conflict, respecting one another and how to cope with the stresses of life. The programme also equips community members with the skills and the knowledge necessary to recognise and respond effectively to early warning signs of conflict.
Caritas Sierra Leone (CSL) was established by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Sierra Leone in 1975 and registered with the Government of Sierra Leone in 1980 with the mandate to serve as the relief and development agency of the Catholic Church in Sierra Leone. Caritas Sierra Leone operates nationwide through the four Diocesan Development Offices (Caritas Sierra Leone Freetown, Makeni, Bo and Kenema. The National Office is located in Freetown and serves as a coordinating office for Diocesan Caritas’ and is headed by the National Director of CSL. The structure of caritas Sierra Leone consists of the Bishops Conference which comprises of the Archbishop of Freetown and the Diocesan Bishops of Makeni, Bo and Kenema, a National Advisory Board, Management Team, and over 100 personnel nationwide. CSL is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of Catholic Relief, Development and Social Service organizations operating in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. Also, a member of Caritas Africa with 46 member organizations.
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