Sierra Leone is extremely poor and nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence farming. The country possesses substantial mineral, agricultural, and fishery resources, but it is still recovering from a civil war that destroyed most institutions before ending in the early 2000s. Since 2014, the rapid spread of Ebola virus has caused a contraction of economic activity in several areas, including transportation, health, and industrial production. Whilst the World Health Organisation declared Sierra Leone free of Ebola virus in November 2015, the epidemic has disrupted economic activity, deterred private investment, and strained the budget and restricted public investment projects.
TWAMs latest container was sent in 2015 and contained 119 Sewing Machines, 20 Carpentry Kits, 18 Computers and printers, 12 Builder's Kit, 6 Groundworkers Kit, 8 Mechanics kit, Workshop tools, 12 Bicycles and repair kit, school books, 100 school chairs, 20 tables plus various other tools and equipment.