Give an Opportunity

to a child like Amina

Our Mission

To empower children and youth in Sierra Leone by providing them with opportunities for growth and development

Our Vision

A world where every child, regardless of their background or financial status, has equal access to the resources and support they need to reach their full potential. We believe that education is the key to unlocking a brighter future for all, and it is our mission to make this vision a reality. Through our efforts, we strive to help create a more equitable and sustainable world where all children have the chance to succeed and thrive.

What We Do

The Fig Tree Children has been making a positive impact on the lives of children and youth in Sierra Leone since September 2015. Our efforts provide resources that allow carers to support and educate their children.

The devastating Ebola outbreak compounded the already dire situation faced by the country, which had already been ravaged by a decade-long civil war. The epidemic left an estimated 12,000 children orphaned, with many of them facing exploitation, discrimination, and the threat of human trafficking.

Our efforts are focused on Sierra Leone where we provide support to the sponsored child’s carer and pay school fees directly to the schools their children attend. We believe in providing these young ones with the best possible education and support so that they may overcome their difficult circumstances and reach their full potential.


photo © The Fig Tree Children – a Christmas day trip to River No.2 Beach

 Our Story

The Fig Tree Children is a non-profit organisation based in Brisbane, started by Jane Shakespeare in 2015 with the goal of supporting orphaned and vulnerable children and youth in Sierra Leone. Jane’s journey with TFTC began with a trip to Sierra Leone in February 2006, where she sought to understand the impact of microcredit initiatives on women’s lives.

The impact of the ten-year civil war, which ended in 2002, was very apparent. There were many orphans and young people displaced, living on the streets and in need of care and support.

Many of these children were taken in by extended family members, friends, or members of their communities who opened their homes and hearts to these displaced children, despite the challenges these carers faced in providing for their own families.

With Peter’s support, Jane established The Fig Tree Children, with a focus on supporting these carers and providing the children in their care with access to education and a brighter future. The organisation continues to work towards this goal, striving to give children the opportunity to succeed and thrive.

Photo ©️ The Fig Tree Children: Jane in Funkia Town, Sierra Leone at a workshop run by Dr Greg Mews from University of the Sunshine Coast, Dreamtown and Youth Dream Centre, Nov 2022

Different ways you can help

Give a child an opportunity today

Become a supporter of an orphaned or vulnerable child or youth in Sierra Leone today. For just AUD$53 per month, you can provide a world of opportunity and support. Your contribution will cover their school fees, and provide them with all the necessary materials, including a uniform, backpack, books, writing utensils, shoes, and more. Additionally, your support will also provide monthly assistance to the child’s carer.

Beyond the classroom, these children also benefit from opportunities to socialise and play with their peers through organised outings and activities. Our programs also extend a helping hand by providing essential items, such as comfortable bedding, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, necessary medical supplies, food, clothing, hygiene kits, radios for remote learning, sanitary products, Veronika buckets, etc.

Buy one girl a year's supply of Sanitary Pads

Help us provide a girl in Sierra Leone with a year's worth of sanitary pads, either reusable or disposable depending on her preference and situation, for just $30 AUD ($17 GBP).

Unfortunately, many girls in Sierra Leone can't afford sanitary pads and have to resort to using scraps of cloth, called "pieces", which can lead to unreliable and unsanitary conditions during their menstrual cycles.

The Fig Tree Ambassador Programme

Become a Fig Tree Ambassador by making a regular donation. Monthly donations are so important to us – and so deeply appreciated. Those crucial regular contributions, no matter how small, allow us to plan our work with greater certainty. Our three Ambassador levels are:

$10 AUD per month – Bronze

$15 AUD per month – Silver

$25 AUD per month – Gold

Our Target: 100 Ambassadors!

Emergency Medical Fund

When illness strikes children or their guardians, we aim to offer support. Our goal is to ensure they receive proper medical attention from a qualified healthcare professional, covering the costs of any necessary treatments or medications. A recent example of this support was when a child was burned in a pot of boiling water. Our in-country program manager worked with Fig Tree Children Funding to secure the medical attention the child needed and they are now recovering well. Another case involved a boy who required an appendix removal surgery, which was funded by donors of The Fig Tree Children.

Become a Volunteer Today

Have you ever wanted to directly make a difference and give an opportunity to a child living in one of the poorest countries in the world but can’t commit to donating financially? Volunteering your time to help The Fig Tree Children is another way you can make a real difference. Contact us to find out more.

Contact us

We’ve Raised Over $435,000

85% of funds raised are for the direct benefit of the children in the Fig Tree programme. We pay school fees directly to the school each of the children attends, buy school materials (uniform, shoes, bag, books, pens, pencils, etc) and give the child’s carer a monthly allowance to help them provide for the child in their care. See all of our financial reports here.

No donation is too small

We are currently providing opportunities for 85 children and youth in Sierra Leone

These children are located in Allentown, Freetown, Bo, Makeni, Newton, Waterloo and Kenema. We want to be able to reach out to children who are living even more remotely. Unfortunately, at this time, our resources do not allow us to travel further afield than we already do.


Photo ©️ The Fig Tree Children: one of our beneficiaries in school

Our blog

Research and experiences from our work in Sierra Leone

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A day in the life of Christiana

A day in the life of Christiana

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World Children’s Day

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🌟 Our Mission at The Fig Tree Children 🌟

We believe that every child, no matter where they come from, should have the chance to realise their full potential. In Sierra Leone, our focus is on supporting children and young people access to education and resources for their development.

Why It’s Important?

✨ Education has the power to transform lives.
✨ Empowered children are the building blocks of stronger communities.

Come and join us in our mission! Support our cause and stay tuned for more information about our upcoming event on 9th August!

#EducationForAll #EmpowerYouth #SupportChildren #TheFigTreeMission

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✨ Save the Date! ✨

Exciting news! The Fig Tree Business Networking Lunch is happening on August 9. It’s a perfect opportunity to network, enjoy a fantastic lunch, and support a great cause. 🌍💛

👉 What to Expect:

• Inspiring conversations with business professionals
• A chance to make a real difference in the lives of children in Sierra Leone
• Delicious food and great company

Join us and be part of this meaningful event.

Together, we can create a brighter future for all children.

📅 Mark your calendars! More details coming soon.

#TheFigTreeNetworking #SupportChildren #NetworkForGood #SaveTheDate

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Each time we show kindness to these kids in Sierra Leone, it has a ripple effect, shaping their present and molding their future. We’re dedicated to provide them education and support, and we’d love you to join us as ambassadors of kindness, champions of hope, and sponsors of change. Your generosity can be the guiding light that leads them to a brighter tomorrow. Let’s build a world where every child has the chance to thrive and shine.

To find out more about how you can make a difference, click the link in our bio. 🧡

#EmpowerChildren #SpreadKindness #TransformLives

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Yesterday was Menstrual Hygiene Day, a vital reminder of the challenges many girls in Sierra Leone face during their periods. Without access to sanitary pads, they often miss school, face stigma, and endure health issues. At The Fig Tree Children, we believe that menstruation should never stand in the way of a girl’s education and her future.

It’s not too late to make a difference. A donation of just A$30 provides a girl with a year’s supply of sanitary pads, giving her the confidence and dignity to attend school every day of the month.

Your contribution also supports menstrual and sexual health workshops, and a portion goes to our Emergency Health Fund, ensuring holistic care for our children.

Let’s continue to break the taboo and support these young girls to reach their full potential. Donate today and help us provide 200 girls in Sierra Leone with the menstrual health support they deserve.

Click the link below for your donations!

#MenstrualHygieneDay #EmpowerHer #TheFigTreeChildren #EducationForAll #EndPeriodPoverty #DonateNow

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Every child in Sierra Leone deserves a fair shot at a brighter future. Our mission at The Fig Tree Children is to provide them with the tools and opportunities they need to thrive, not as saviors, but as partners in their journey. It’s about giving a hand up, not a handout. The resilient people of Sierra Leone are the true champions, especially the carers who nurture and raise these children every day. Let’s stand together to support, honoring their strength and resilience. 🌍 #PartnersInChange #SierraLeoneStrong #brighterfuture ...

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Every child deserves access to proper medical care, regardless of their circumstances. When illness or injury strikes, we’re there to provide crucial support. Our goal is to ensure they receive proper medical attention from a qualified healthcare professional, covering the costs of any necessary treatments or medications. An example of this support was when a child was burned in a pot of boiling water. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to cover the medical expenses and ensure this child received the care she needed.

Your generous contribution to our Emergency Medical Fund has the power to transform the lives of children in Sierra Leone. By donating, you can help ensure that every child receives the critical medical care they desperately need. Join us in our mission to bring hope and improved health to these children. Your donation today will play a vital role in creating a brighter future for them. 🙏🏻

If you’re interested in donating, click the link in our bio. 🧡

#DonateForHealth #FigTreeChildren #MedicalAidNeeded

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Our mission and vision are rooted in this belief, as we strive to help children in Sierra Leone reach their full potential. Join us in creating a world where every child has equal access to opportunities and support, regardless of their background or financial status.

Click the link in our bio to know more. 🧡

#EmpowerChildren #LiftUpHumanity #brighterfuture

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Emma is as a single mum to two children. She’s a determined young lady and we’ve been supporting her through her education since 2015. Last April, Emma graduated from nursing school and we couldn’t be more proud 🧡

#educationforall #SierraLeoneanWomen #thefigtreechildren

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Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Please contact us using the contact methods below. Thank you

PO Box 736, Paddington Queensland 4064

Call Us: +61 431 895 733

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    We acknowledge the First Nations People of Australia as the custodians and traditional owners of the land from which we advocate for improving access to quality education for and providing opportunities for orphaned and vulnerable children and youths (male and female) in Sierra Leone. We pay our respect to Indigenous Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to this land. This is, was and always will be Aboriginal land.