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: 445,118
Number of children receiving humane education in 2022: 7,500
Our work in Sierra Leone
In Sierra Leone, our animal welfare lessons – the only school-based humane education programme in the country – 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.