Group of schoolchildren holding drawings of animals
Group of schoolchildren holding drawings of animals

Helping working animals in Sierra Leone

With no specific animal protection laws, animal welfare is a very new concept in Sierra Leone. Working animals are often taken for granted, despite the livelihood of many families depending on their crucial work. That’s why SPANA’s animal welfare education lessons are helping children and communities to nurture respect for the nation’s animals.

Sierra Leone at a glance

  • Population: 7.9 million 
  • Area: 71,740 square km 
  • Location: West Africa 
  • Capital city: Freetown 
  • Estimated number of working horses: 446,049 
  • Number of animal owners trained in 2021: 300 
  • Number of veterinary professionals trained in 2021: 28 
  • Number of children receiving humane education in 2021: 7,500 

Our work in Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, we provide essential training to show local communities how to care properly for the wellbeing and welfare of their animals.

Our animal welfare lessons – the only school-based humane education programme in Sierra Leone – aim to protect the welfare of animals by helping children gain a better understanding of animals’ needs. Thousands of children are taking part in our education programme each year through animal welfare clubs and school assemblies.

Other countries we work in

Helping working animals in Liberia

Read about how SPANA is helping working animals in Liberia.

Helping working animals in Guinea

Find out more about how SPANA helps working animals in Guinea.

Donkeys pulling cart on rubbish dump

Helping working animals in Mali

Find out more about how SPANA helps working animals in Mali.

Helping working animals in Liberia

Read about how SPANA is helping working animals in Liberia.

Helping working animals in Guinea

Find out more about how SPANA helps working animals in Guinea.

Donkeys pulling cart on rubbish dump

Helping working animals in Mali

Find out more about how SPANA helps working animals in Mali.