The purpose of the Konoyima Educational Fund is to educate children and adults in the Kono District of Sierra Leone, Africa, a region of severe poverty and high illiteracy rates. In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate for males, age 15 and above is 46.9% and the literacy rate for females, age 15 and above is 24.4%. 70.2% of the population lives below the poverty line.
The Kono District is the eastern most provence in Sierra Leone. Once known as the premier district in the country, it was the most devastated by the rebel war that lasted from 1992 through 2002. Koidu City was destroyed by rebels; all homes and business were burned; the electrical grid was destroyed, and city water sanitation was destroyed. As people returned to their homes from refugee camps, they found nothing left.
Today, people are living in Koidu City without electricity and pure water. The few businesses and homes that have electricity use generators. In spite of poor living conditions, the Holy Ghost Bible Church has started schools in Koidu City, Sewafe, Woama, Bendu, and Small Sefadu, Fekiah Village, and Rutile.