Lion Heart Foundation is involved in supporting hospitals, schools and a feeding centre in the rural areas of Sierra Leone. To sustain these social facilities, Lion Heart Foundation is implementing a programme called “Best of Both Worlds” – a holistic approach that encompasses a range of related profit and non-profit activities. Advance Consulting leveraged the Lion Heart Foundation’s own resources by securing over €1 million in grants.


The essence of Best of Both Worlds programme is that profits generated from commercial activities are used to financially sustain social facilities. Presently, this new concept is successfully piloted in the rural village of Yele. Two key projects to be realized were the rehabilitation of Yele’s hydro electric power plant and its drinking water system.


In order to develop and implement the project, Lion Heart Foundation has partnered with Zebra Special Products. The objective of these investments was to foster social and economic development by supplying electricity and safe drinking water to households, enterprises and public facilities on a sustainable basis and as a model for replication elsewhere in Sierra Leone.


The project is a unique public-private partnership, where the infrastructure is owned by the government but management is undertaken by a new commercial entity established for this purpose. This new entity will ensure continuity well beyond the project term. Advance Consulting leveraged the Lion Heart Foundation’s own resources by securing over €1 million in grants:


  • The Dutch Daey Ouwens Fund approved grant funding for part of the rehabilitation of the hydropower plant;
  • The German DeveloPPP programme awarded grant funding for rehabilitation of the drinking water plant and part of the hydropower plant;
  • The Dutch Global Sustainable Biomass Fund approved grant funding for implementation of a feasibility study on generating income from palm oil residues.


For more information on this project or other projects in Sierra Leone, contact Krisje Theuns-van Hees.

Project location

Yele, Sierra Leone


Lion Heart Foundation, The Government of Sierra Leone and Zebra Special Products

Project budget

€ 2.1 million

External funding

Grant funding of over € 1 million