Catch the DreamBelvoir Stoke are proud to be financial supporters of an amazing social enterprise, working to build sustainable communities in Sierra Leone.
Catch the Dream is a Community Interest Company working to achieve a world in which everyone is supporting themselves in sustainable communities.
They were established in May 2017 by founders Fiona Uschmann and Rebecca Loo, with the help of Belvoir Stoke's director Ramona Hirschi who is experienced in international development work. Catch the Dream works to support the recovery of Lungi Village in Sierra Leone. The village was devastated by the Ebola crisis of 2014-2016 facing quarantine and the loss of their farming livelihoods.
Catch the Dream believes that by working in partnership with communities like Lungi Village they can help them to overcome dependency on aid and create thriving communities that are fully self-sufficient and can develop in line with their skills and ambitions.
They currently operate in the Boama Chiefdom in Bo District, Sierra Leone but hope to partner with communities across West Africa in the future.
Catch the Dream partners with rural communities, working with them to establish sustainable agriculture practices and access other livelihoods. The first project is Lungi Village, Sierra Leone.
The small farming village of Lungi, near Bo in Sierra Leone was devastated by the Ebola Crisis. After facing multiple quarantines to contain the outbreak, villagers were unable to reach their farmland, which quickly became overgrown destroying their livelihoods. The people of Lungi became dependent on food aid as they were unable to farm their land.
Catch the Dream has been working in partnership with the villagers since May 2017 to re-establish their farming livelihoods. With the help of seeds, tools and support the villagers have successfully harvested their first crop for three years. They have grown maize, rice, cassava, vegetables and more, and are now re-introducing livestock and preparing for future harvests.