Kadiatu’s Story

“I now do things on my terms.” The power of education can be life-changing, helping girls shape their own future. Kadiatu, a 17-year-old from Sierra Leone, knows this well. “Education and opportunities are one of the same. They make great things happen to change people’s lives.” But in many countries like Sierra Leone, too many …

From being stationary to starting my stationery business.

This story is a part of our 10 years of Restless Development Celebrations; Becoming Restless, Changing Development. Since 1985 we’ve been helping young people take control of their lives and help their communities, and ten years ago we transformed to be more community-driven than ever. Abdul Mans-Kanu, now a Programme Officer at Restless Development, tells …

Using local resources to fight COVID-19

In Sierra Leone, one in 17 mothers face a lifetime risk of dying while giving birth. In Sierra Leone, young people are playing a key role in the country’s COVID-19 response, with Restless Development supporting 184 young volunteers on the UK Aid funded ‘Unite for Save Lives nar Salone’ programme to respond to the pandemic in every …

Four stories of youth resilience from around the world.

As we celebrate this year’s International Youth Day, we find ourselves living in a new era of incredible resilience. Young people everywhere have been showing their resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting not just themselves but their communities too. These four stories of young people from the UK, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and …

Fatmata’s story

In Sierra Leone, one in 17 mothers face a lifetime risk of dying while giving birth. This is one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with an estimated 1,165 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to the UN’s most recent data Nearly half of these mothers are girls under 19 years of age. At Restless Development, …

Alusine’s Story

“I can now find a way to feed myself and my family.” In a bustling market just outside of Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital city, a young entrepreneur blasts music out of big speakers in his shop. “They hear sweet songs playing.” Alusine runs what he describes as an electronics shop and uses a playlist of …

Alusine’s Story

In a bustling market just outside of Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital city, a young entrepreneur blasts music out of big speakers in his shop. “They hear sweet songs playing.” Alusine runs what he describes as an electronics shop and uses a playlist of Nigerian, American and Sierra Leonean beats to entice his customers. Alusine, a …

Lamin’s Story

Lamin is one of the youngest bakery owners in Waterloo, Sierra Leone, employing four other young people. Together they produce over a thousand loaves each day, providing a good living for themselves and their families. Things were not always this way for Lamin and still aren’t for many young Sierra Leoneans who face huge challenges …

Mary’s Story

“Education helps us to be self-reliant, which gives way for innovation and creativity to solve problems in our society.” Mary is 22 years old and lives in rural Sierra Leone. Her family are farmers.  “Growing up was difficult. I was the one who had to cater for our family even as a child. Working at …

Millicent’s Story

Millicent is 17 years old and from a small community called Masongbo Limba in the Bombali District of Sierra Leone. Her mother is a tradeswoman and her father is a miner. She dreams of being a nurse and a leader. I want to ensure I become one of the most influential leaders in school, no …