16a. Encourage and support mutual understanding, solidarity, and cooperation among all peoples and within and among nations.

Photo: ActionAid

With the Millione project, we intend to construct 20 schools that will give a future to 10,000 children.

Each community is working side-by-side with ActionAid to transform the future of their children.

Mohamed Sillah, ActionAid Sierra Leone

Why do this?

Because it’s worthwhile, because it matters, it’s fun, exciting......and we can.

Mike Paul, Jerry Lockspeiser and Cliff Roberson

We can do this, we can improve their futures, we just need you to give us the seed and we will grow the fruit.

Community representative, Sierra Leone

Why do this? Because it’s worthwhile, because it matters, it’s fun, exciting......and we can

Eleven years of civil war had a devastating impact on Sierra Leone’s public services. Schools were burnt down and many teachers lost their lives in the conflict or fled the country, leaving the education system almost non-existent. Now there is rebuilding, with a democratic government and a spirit of self-help amongst the people. Secondary education has been given priority by the Government, leaving much primary schooling to local communities – who have no money or resources themselves.

ActionAid started working in Sierra Leone in 1988 and has been engaged in an integrated
development approach embracing community building, agriculture, health, water and sanitation,
education and income generation.

Inspired by the need for action, three creative entrepreneurs came together to create the Millione Foundation, in partnership with ActionAid. The aim of the Foundation is to build and equip 20 community primary schools, which will provide education for over 10,000 children for generations to come. Phase one was the launch of Millione wine, which is directing profits to the Foundation, enabling three schools to be built and creating education facilities for 1,000 children.

16. Promote a culture of tolerance, nonviolence, and peace.