Katanya Women’s Development Association (KaWDA) is non-governmental organization operating out of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.  KaWDA was established in 1996 to bring dignity and hope to women and children who have suffered enormously as a result of the war and its aftermath by providing them with access to education, skills training, and support.  Our mission is to empower women and children in order to build a strong and resilient civil society. 

Our strategies 

KaWDA provides young women with courses in cooking, sewing and small business development so that they can be economically independent, avoiding prostitution. Children, including those who have been orphaned, are enrolled in the KaWDA Children’s Center, where they are provided with educational opportunities as well as basic needs. Over 300 youths attend the KaWDA Children’s Center each year. Our goal is to build a new school equipped with a well for clean water. We are also committed to expanding our organizational capacity to train and retain the best teaching professionals and expand our role as advocates for women and children in Sierra Leone.

our vision

Our vision is for a future in Sierra Leone where our children have access to educational and training opportunities and our communities are free of gender based violence—where the inequalities that limit women and children from realizing their full potential as members of a strong civil society no longer exist.


KaWDA is Non-Governmental and non-profit civil society organization registered with the Government of Sierra Leone through the different line ministries; Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children's Affairs (MSWGCA), Ministry of youth and sports, Internal Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) and Sierra Leone Non Governmental Organization (SLANGO) an umbrella organization for all NGOs and INGOs (International Non-Governmental Organizations) in the country.

Our Mission

KaWDA is empowering women and children in Sierra Leone by providing them critical access to education, skills training and support in order to build a strong and resilient civil society.