Atlanta International Fellowship (AIF) started Sierra Leone Mission School (SLIMS) in October 1992 as a school for orphan children. The school then moved to Wellington, a poor area on the outskirts of Freetown in Sierra Leone where it operates today.
The government of Sierra Leone made ten acres available for SLIMS in September 1996, on a 50-year lease, with nominal annual rent. The school was a primary school only (grades 1-6) until 2004. A junior secondary school (grades 7-9) was started in 2004, and a senior secondary school (grades 10-12) was added in 2006. SLIMS first graduating senior class was in July 2009.
SLIMS started another school in Grafton in 2008. There are now approximately 4,000 students and 130 workers at both schools. Government assistance is being received for approximately 60 teachers.
A community health clinic was constructed in 1997 on the 10 acre campus. The clinic provides free health services for the students and local community, including delivering of 2 – 3 babies per day. Many mission trips to the health clinic have provided dental services, optical services, health education classes, and distribution of medicines and malaria nets. With the addition of solar power the clinic is increasing the number of people in the community it can serve.
In 2006, two full size outdoor basketball courts were constructed at SLIMS. Upward Basketball has donated basketball uniforms, and basketballs for clinics in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Thousands of children have attended to learn basketball and become exposed to the gospel.
SLIMS was instrumental, in 2008, in starting Young Life in Sierra Leone with the first chapter at the SLIMS school. Today YL has grown to many schools in the area and in Bo which is the second largest city in Sierra Leone.
In 2013 volleyball was introduced to the children at SLIMS and girls teams are being assembled. Additional classrooms have been added for grade 13, expansion with solar power has enhanced the medical clinic, and a 3rd SLIMS campus has been added in the small village of Ngarahun.
Ngarahun is located just outside of Waterloo in the Fabaina area. A great story of partnership with the local village chief and SLIMS leadership serving local kids. The school had closed in this small village due to lack of resources, but now has reopened!!
In Jan. 2014 SLIMS defeated the Prince of Wales secondary school to win the Inter-Secondary School competition for Sierra Leone.