Ambassador Maria Brewer spoke at the opening of the Empower Africa Agriculture Trade Mission on November 5, 2019

Ambassador Maria Brewer spoke at the opening of the Empower Africa Agriculture Trade Mission on November 5, 2019.  Ambassador Brewer stated, “The U.S. Mission in Freetown places a priority on creating sustainable prosperity in Sierra Leone.  We support strengthening capacity in the agricultural sector to reduce malnutrition, hunger and poverty, while adapting to environmental changes …

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Ambassador Brewer congratulate the Government of Sierra Leone on passing the 2020 MCC Scorecard

Ambassador Maria Brewer met with President Julius Maada Bio this morning and offered her congratulations to Sierra Leone on the occasion of passing the 2020 Millennium Challenge Corporation – MCC  Scorecard. Ambassador Brewer stated, “I am pleased to congratulate the Government of Sierra Leone on passing the 2020 MCC Scorecard. In many significant areas, including Girls Primary Education Completion Rates …

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Ambassador Maria Brewer Visit Njala University.

Ambassador Maria Brewer visiting Njala University, where she recently met with the Aquaculture team and representatives of SkyFox, a USAID grantee. Together, they are developing new business opportunities and resources for fish farming, helping provide access to markets for women and youth entrepreneurs.  

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Ambassador Brewer met with Sierra Leone Correctional Services Officials

  Ambassador Brewer met with Sierra Leone Correctional Services (SLCS) officials upon their return from a U.S. government-sponsored two-week training at the International Corrections Management Training Center in Colorado. This is the fourth Sierra Leonean delegation to participate in an advanced “Corrections Institutional Management” course. Participants highlighted the importance of respecting the human rights of …

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Ambassador Maria Brewer joined President Julius Maada Bio who formally launched the National Action Plan for Health Security(NAPHS).

On September 12, Ambassador Maria Brewer joined President Julius Maada Bio, who formally launched the National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS). The NAPHS is a road map for building capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats. Ambassador Brewer focused her remarks on the coordinated response to the Ebola epidemic, which was …

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Happy Birthday, America!

At the U.S. Embassy in Sierra Leone, we commemorated the 243rd anniversary of our Independence Day last week with guests from government, civil society, business, media, academia, and the arts. Honorable Alhaji Kanja Sesay, Minister of Energy, & Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation charmed the room with a speech and a toast …

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Ramadan Kareem!

Religious tolerance in Sierra Leone is essential to its ongoing peace, functional government and diverse society. Ambassador Brewer welcomed clerics and members of the Muslim and Christian communities in Freetown for an interfaith iftar on the 30th of May, 2019. Sheikh Abu Bakarr Conteh presided over the event. Each year for the past decade during …

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U.S. Ambassador Visits School of Midwifery in Makeni

U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer, announced the opening of a new skills lab, library and computer lab at the School of Midwifery (SOMM) in Makeni. The U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (www.HRSA.gov) with support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief (PEPFAR) carried out the necessary renovations, procurement and …

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U.S. Ambassador Cuts Ribbon for the first ever Insectary in Makeni

On Friday 12 April 2019, the U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer, gave remarks at the official opening of Sierra Leone’s first Vector-borne Disease Insectary and Laboratory (VDIL) in a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by the Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Alpha T. Wurie. VDIL was developed with the support of the United States …

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President Bio Speaks to Corporate Council on Africa During Trip to United States

During his March 2019 trip to the United States, President Bio traveled to Boston, Massachusetts and Washington DC. He spoke at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In Boston, our U.S. Embassy Freetown Economics Section organized an investors round table breakfast where the Chief Minister and other VIP speakers addressed American senior executives and …

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U.S. Embassy welcomes members of Bloomington, Indiana Fire Department for exchange program.

U.S. Embassy Freetown welcomed a group of four firefighters from Bloomington, Indiana as part of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) reciprocal exchange program. The trip was designed and implemented by Sierra Leone Mandela Washington Fellowship alumnus Eastina Taylor, who works for BBC Media Action. The firefighters spent one week in Freetown training the National Fire Force, meeting with high level officials in the national …

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U.S. Ambassador Maria Brewer signed grant agreements

On October 12, U.S. Ambassador Maria Brewer signed grant agreements totaling $60,000 with eleven community organizations working to improve economic and social conditions at the local level through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program. The funds will support projects in nine districts to help them withstand economic and social hardship. The projects will provide agricultural inputs …

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Sierra Leone’s Path of Resilience – Helping Democracy Deliver

AUTHOR: Mariama Keita U.S. Ebola recovery investments in health in Sierra Leone will help millions of women, children and communities grow and thrive. As USAID Transforms lives, Sierra Leone is committed to inclusive development and we celebrate the successful presidential, parliamentary, and local-level peaceful election processes in March 2018 were a vital step forward in …

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Happy Birthday, America!

At the U.S. Embassy in Sierra Leone, we commemorated the 242nd anniversary of our Independence Day last week with guests from government, civil society, business, media, academia, and the arts. In her remarks, Ambassador Maria Brewer noted how our two nations are united by history, common values, and a commitment to democracy. Minister of Foreign …

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Acting Ambassador Laurie Meininger plants a tree on Sierra Leone National Tree Planting Day

The U.S. government partners with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) and other ministries dedicated to the conservation of Sierra Leone’s fragile environment. The rapid and indiscriminant felling of trees is leading to  deforestation  of large parts of Sierra Leone, contributing to  soil erosion . This in turn has resulted in landslides and …

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Ambassador James’ Human Rights Messag

Heading: Ambassador James’ Human Rights Message Content Before: U.S. Ambassador James Entwistle’s message in Pidgin for this                           year’s International Human Rights Day. “Please make a pledge to stand up for                        the human rights of all Nigerians                     

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Sierra Leone Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against non-essential travel to Sierra Leone. The U.S. Department of State has already ordered the departure of family members residing with Embassy staff in Freetown to begin August 14, 2014.

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Education and Professional Opportunities for Sierra Leone

Looking forward to 2015 and beyond, applications are now open for Educational and Professional Exchange Programs.  The Cultural Affairs Section encourages qualified students and emerging leaders from Sierra Leone to apply for the following scholarship and professional development programs. Fulbright Programs – graduate study scholarships Humphrey Fellowship Programs – post-graduate professional studies Young African Leaders …

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Unite to Fight Ebola!

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is a deadly, but known enemy. This information is aimed at arming you, your family, and your community against Ebola. Sierra Leoneans that have survived the disease did so by getting medical attention early. Report any suspected cases to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s toll free call center (117). Please see …

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2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

On June 25, 2015, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress. The reports, now in their 39th year, are available at State.gov/humanrightsreports and HumanRights.gov/reports. Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help inform U.S. government policy and foreign assistance. They …

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Secretary Kerry Welcomes Special Court’s Decision

On September 26, Secretary Kerry said the Special Court of Sierra Leone appeal chamber’s decision to uphold conviction of former President of Liberia Charles Taylor has brought a measure of justice to the people of Sierra Leone, and helped to cement the foundation on which reconciliation can proceed. Secretary Kerry Welcomes Special Court’s Decision

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