About Us

Our History and Experience to Lead

Home Leone was founded on 2 April 2014 and achieved charity status on 12 August 2014. It builds upon a rich history of overseas development, volunteer and team building experience.

Nigel Hyde, founder and Chief Executive of Home Leone, previously established the charity Mission Direct (www.missiondirect.org) in 2004. During his tenure, Mission Direct enabled over 3,000 volunteers to make a personal difference in the lives of the world’s poorest people throughout 14 countries. Building nearly 100 classrooms, over 200 homes, and countless clinics, toilets and wells, thousands of lives are radically improved.

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The legacy upon which Home Leone is based, is profound.  Many volunteers have gone on to start other social enterprises, discover what gives their life meaning and deliver life change to hundreds of thousands.  The infrastructure endures as by working with outstanding in-country partners, thousands of children get an education, people have fresh water or live in a healthy home not a slum.  On this firm foundation is the rock that is Home Leone.

 

In 2014, after passing Mission Direct to new leadership, Nigel progressed his new and exciting vision, building on all that has been achieved.   The starting place was to see thousands of people rescued from the devastating conditions of Sierra Leone’s slums, rehoused, and living transformed lives with a hope and a future. He thus established Home Leone.  By delivering a holistic project in one country, the model can be replicated across Africa and the world.

Nigel’s been to over 70 countries. So why Sierra Leone some ask? For Nigel, the problems the people face daily are the worst he has seen on earth. This initiative is unique in the country. Sierra Leone is engaged in a post-Ebola reconstruction process.

Home Leone is a cost-effective, holistic, sustainable, innovative venture. With Nigel’s dynamic leadership, along with the dedicated support of volunteers and staff, Home Leone will be truly transformational in the communities it reaches and the lives it touches.

Why Slum Clearance?

The developed world must make a “paradigm shift” for the worlds poorest.  We cannot be idle or indifferent whilst so many millions live with such poor housing conditions.  This affects every part of their short lives with poor health education and unemployment.  A place where death comes early to many.

This project addresses all these issues in one concept, helping others to help themselves, based on the old proverb “teach a man to fish.”

The Urgency

In September 2015, devastating floods left thousands of slum dwellers homeless as their shacks were washed away.  In 2016, the government demolished some slums in Aberdeen again leaving people homeless.  In December 2016 a fire in the centre of Freetown wiped out the hovels that over 1,000 people called home.  We can partner with the Office for National Security in delivering ordered relocation and assisting having homes ready for such disasters. The Urgency for action is now.

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