Mission and Goals

SET4LIFE Australia is a registered not-for-profit charity based in Gympie, Queensland. Our work is carried out through the voluntary efforts of our members and supporters and the generosity of local sponsors who help us to cover costs. S4LA was established in April, 2015 to strengthen access to essential development for the people of Yiben and surrounding villages.  

NO health services have previously reached these remote communities and S4LA is providing them with the means to access their government’s basic health services and additional NGO services.  We are working to support their goals within the bigger context of national and global health development goals. Our personal connection with Yiben and the local Manager, Minkailu Bantama (Mallam) allows us to work with local decision-makers to plan and prioritize our support.


The 17 Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. S4LA’s activities contribute specifically to three of these goals:

Goal 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 

Key targets we will contribute to:

  • 3.1 By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100 000 live births.
  • 3.2 By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1000 live births.
  • 3.7 By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs.
  • 3.8 Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Key targets we will contribute to:

  • 4.1 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.

Goal 6Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 

Key targets we will contribute to:

  • 6.1 By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
  • 6.2 By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations  



Sierra Leone has a vision to be “a nation with educated, empowered and healthy citizens capable of realizing their fullest potential” by 2035. 

We share the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s belief that access to sound health care is a human right. We support their overall goal to improve the health of their citizens by ensuring a functional national health system delivering efficient, high quality healthcare services that are accessible, equitable and affordable for everybody in Sierra Leone. Achieving this goal will be long-term and challenging for the government as they struggle to deliver basic services. We can’t do everything we would like to, but our activities are directly supporting their goal and the national health priorities for one remote group of people:

  • Poverty reduction
  • Mortality rate reduction, especially for women and children
  • Free maternal and neo-natal healthcare
  • Free immunisations
  • Utilisation of bed nets
  • Promotion of hygiene practices
  • Equal access to secondary education for all
  • Access to safe drinking water
  • Environmental sanitation



S4LA is responding directly to the Yiben Community’s appeals for longer, healthier lives through:

  • Access to modern healthcare
  • Inclusion in national health services and programs
  • Improved water and sanitation.
  • Access to education  

We are working to help realise these goals by empowering the community, funding facilities, enabling services, promoting education, facilitating service partnerships and ensuring sustainability. The facilities based in Yiben serve more than 1,000 people from 17 villages in the immediate area.

Manager Mallam and Chief Bangalie
Chairman Maloka (in blue) and the Yiben Health Committee including reps from surrounding communities
Bangalie and his wife Serah, the power behind the community
S4LA’s Karen, Amy and Jude with some of the Yiben Family
Yiben’s girls are getting the same opportunities as the boys