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We’re excited to share that every dollar donated online before December 31, 2019 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000! That means your kind gift will deliver twice the impact.

During this match campaign, 100% of your donation will go directly toward launching CODE’s new project in Sierra Leone jointly funded by Global Affairs Canada, which will benefit 160,000 boys and girls! Your gift will help form a cornerstone of this important initiative, set to launch in the New Year. Learn more.

The need is clear and compelling. Only 5-6% of Sierra Leonean children are reading at the proper grade level by class 4 - the year by which all children should have mastered basic literacy skills. This is the same proportion, 5-6%, of Sierra Leonean children who successfully complete secondary school. There is certainly a direct correlation between these two facts.

Ensuring that children in primary school master literacy skills, to enable their learning across all subject matters, is critical to improving primary to secondary school transition rates and helping children build a brighter future. With your support we will do just that.

Thank you for being on this journey with us and helping us reach our $40,000 goal!

When kids can read, they can learn to be and do anything

We asked primary school student in Port Loko, Sierra Leone to draw us pictures of who they want to become when they grow up.

The results were inspiring, and gave us a glimpse inside each student’s dreams, aspirations and hopes for the future.

We believe that when kids can read, they can learn to be and do anything. We are grateful that you do to!

Humunatu wants to become a nurse - “Because I want to help patients who cannot affird treatment – in that there is a devine reward.”

Alusine wants to become President - “I would fulfill my promises and pledge my love and loyalty to my country, Sierra Leone.”

Mayealie wants to become a teacher – “So that I can help children learn. When you learn, you can become someone in society.”

Jarrod wants to become a submarine driver - “So that I can find lots of fish for my family.”

Kadiatu wants to become a computer specialist - “I want to work at the airport and record all people coming and going on the airplanes.”

Campaign Fundraising Goal: $40,000

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Total: $40,000

Meet one of our generous matching donors


Réal Lavergne has spent his life making a difference in the lives of people living in some of the world’s poorest countries. As an international aid effectiveness expert, he has worked with the North-South Institute, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA, now Global Affairs Canada), and a number of civil society organizations in Canada and Africa.

A long-time CODE donor, Réal understands the important role that CODE plays in improving the lives of children and youth all over the world through education. Thank you, Réal, for sharing in CODE’s vision for a literate world and for working alongside of us to make it happen.

Illiteracy rates are staggering


In sub-Saharan Africa, alone, 88% of children (ages 6 -14) – or 202 million – are not meeting minimum proficiency levels in literacy

(Source: More than Half of Children not Learning, UNESCO Institute of Statistics)



274 million primary school children worldwide are not learning basic foundational skills necessary to lead productive and healthy lives

(Source: Calculated based on data in The Learning Generation, Education Commission)

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