Vision & Values
Although the project work started with Richard & Yeakah Cole some 30 years ago, we are proud to say that we still work towards the same vision with the same ethos that they held.
Our vision is to see orphaned children and disadvantaged young adults, women, and girls in Sierra Leone thrive in safe communities and families, access quality schooling and adult education, and contribute to their communities in meaningful ways. Together with our partners, Lifeline Network International (LNI) we seek to find solutions to the challenges of poverty by equipping individuals, families, and communities for sustainable development.
We aim to empower individuals and communities to prosper and become truly self-reliant. We have seen that this can be achieved through diverse ways, for example by engaging in positive and practical social enterprise; equipping farmers in rural communities with the tools and knowledge for a sustainable increase in productivity; a comprehensive approach to the education of young people; combining vocational training with life skills and business training. and mentoring young women through the journey of pregnancy and motherhood.
Our ‘STEADI’ values inform all that we do and the way that we do it.
Serving the community
Be a beacon: Lead individuals to do good work by being examples of good work.
Listen more: Encourage participation from our stakeholders e.g. the communities we serve, beneficiaries, partners, funders and government.
Understand the needs of the communities we serve
Use bottom-top approach: Shaping our services to include the feedback from grass root communities.
Functioning as a unit: by having clearly defined roles and accountably supporting each other’s duties to achieve set goals.
Encouraging effective partnerships with third parties, stakeholders and other relevant entities
Be an example of excellence, in person and in practice
Whatever you do, do it well
Having quality in mind in working towards set goals
Tidiness: been clean and orderly in our service
Openness: deal openly
Accurate record keeping
Accurate reporting to our stakeholders: Producing accurate reports to community representatives, funders, partners and staff
Be answerable: being willing to give further detail to stakeholders when requested and help stakeholders deal with questions or interests
Taking responsibility, individually and collectively
Don’t turn a blind eye
Get involved in achieving our aims and objectives
Take ownership: own the vision
Confront issues, however uncomfortable
Never dismiss or allow misconduct: deal with issues promptly in line with our values
Be honest in all you do
Respect time: come to work on time and attend meetings on time
Ask if you don’t understand: don’t work in doubt
Be real in service (no pretence)
Do your best even when no one is watching.
Serving the Community
Don’t turn a blind eye