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. The organization has developed its five-year strategic plan (2020-2024) that awaits approval by the Sierra Leone Bishops conference. The plan comprises 7 strategic pillars:
CSL’s mission is to empower men, women and children to fight poverty, social injustice, through advocacy, social mobilization and through provision of services for long-term development for vulnerable communities based on the Catholic Social teachings.”
“Inspired by the Gospel and the Catholic social teachings, Caritas Sierra Leone envisions a society where everyone exercise their fundamental human rights and live in dignity, free from poverty and social injustice irrespective of class status, gender or social orientation.”
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