OPERATION RISE – FINAL PHASE
The Peace Project’s most extraordinary goal in 2011 was to get over 10,000 of Sierra Leone’s amputees, war victims and children back on their feet by providing crutches and other mobility devices on World Peace Day, September 21, 2011, in an effort we called Operation Rise.
This effort was conceived because Sierra Leone is home to over 20% of the world’s amputees plus tens of thousands polio victims – a sobering reminder of their recent 10+ year Civil War. One of the first steps towards sustainable peace is the ability to provide for oneself and personal mobility is key in that. As importantly, we believed that an effort of this size (which we implemented by developing an incredible network of NGOs including UNICEF, local advocacy groups, medical professionals, war victims and concerned citizens) would engage and inspire people worldwide to rise up together to create a better world.
We have an equally ambitious agenda for 2013 and beyond, but we continue working to ensure that every person that needs a pair of crutches in Sierra Leone (no matter where) receives them.