Self Help Initiative (SEHI), Brookfields, Sierra Leone

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Self Help Initiative (SEHI), Brookfields, Sierra Leone
Street address: YMCA, 2nd Floor,

Bismarck Joshn St.Freetown

City: Brookfields
Country: Sierra Leone
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Location coordinates: 8° 28' 46" N, 13° 14' 57" W
Contact email:
Target: Girls
Organization type: Local NGO (operating at the community level)
Sectors: Trafficking, Refugees, Public Policy, Poverty Alleviation, Political Participation/Governance, Media/Journalism, Peace and Conflict, Violence Against Women


Self Help Initiative was founded and established by Mrs. Ibiduni Jones on April 12, 1994, as a direct result of the untold sufferings of people in Sierra Leone, particularly children.


SEHI's objectives are:

to protect and promote the rights of children as described in the Convention on the Rights of the Child; work projects aimed at protecting the welfare of child soldiers, armed conflict children and youth; establish a cultural rehabilitation and information center and strengthen local capacity to counsel children traumatized by the war; and mount a public information campaign to promote conflict resolution and a culture of peace amongst the children and youth in Sierra Leone.


SEHI works to address the needs and protect the rights of war-affected children and youth in Sierra Leone. It has joined the campaign to stop the use of child soldiers, and supports an international ban on military recruitment and participation in armed conflict of children under the age of 18. The organization has organized a major exhibit on the war in Sierra Leone, with particular attention to its impact on childdren. SEHI is also exploring ways of starting an effective Cultural, Information Referral, Rehabilitation Center in Sierra Leone and ensure women's participation in peace building and reconciliation through the YWCA, YMCA and Muslim organizations.

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