Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world, and was one of the three countries most severely affected during the catastrophic Ebola outbreak. As a result, schools were closed and children were unable to leave their homes. Ebola has left a devastating impact upon the nation, and the safety and well-being of children is still a major concern.

Tuning into lessons

CBRE’s commitment to Plan International’s projects ensured that thousands of vulnerable children were supported during the Ebola outbreak. During the crisis, CBRE’s funds developed specific educational radio programmes and equipped over 22,500 families with solar radios to ensure children could tune into lessons regardless of where they lived.

Educating girls matters

Worldwide, 62 million girls are not allowed to go to school, and girls are often the most marginalised and at risk. Educating girls not only dramatically improves their own life chances; it also has a major impact on their families and communities, and will ultimately help to break the cycle of poverty.

The Girls Education Challenge, run by Plan International and supported by CBRE, has enabled more than 20,000 girls in the poorest districts of Sierra Leone to attend school. In addition, the programme – which is match-funded by the UK Government through the Department for International Development (DFID) – has improved the education of a further 135,000 girls and boys.

The employees from CBRE’s Europe, Middle East and Africa business will join Plan International to visit CBRE’s Girls Education Challenge programme in the Moyamba and Port Loko districts of Sierra Leone. These two areas were severely affected by the outbreak of the deadly disease.

Tanya Barron, CEO of Plan International UK, commented:

“Thanks to an incredible effort by CBRE, their teams have committed more than €800,000 to Plan International’s work on the ground in Sierra Leone since 2014 – giving new hope to a generation of children and helping them to rebuild their lives.

As a major corporate partner, CBRE’s generous support is improving the quality of education for girls and boys who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to learn – and making a real difference to their life chances in one of the world’s poorest countries.”


Martin Samworth, Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, CBRE
We are proud to be supporting children in Sierra Leone, particularly those girls, who without this programme would have absolutely no access to education. Following the devastating Ebola outbreak it is also gratifying to see first-hand how our funds are making a difference.

Our partnership is helping provide safe school facilities, support children with disabilities and training teachers and classroom assistants. In addition, we are helping some of the 12,000 children who are orphans as a result of Ebola.

Martin Samworth, Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, CBRE