You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars

Harriot Tubman


You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars

Harriot Tubman

MaRSDA A Charity with a Difference

A charity with a difference

Imagine a world where everyone can live the life they want. Help us achieve this in one tiny corner of the planet.

MaRSDA work with the people of the Mano River Region in West Africa. A place full of hopes and dreams. A place where inspiring communities come together to do great things.

We’re Australia’s leading charity focussing entirely on supporting the Mano River communities. Based in Australia and in the Mano River region.

We’re an Australian charity working with people on the ground to make sustainable change.

We’d love you to join us.

Building Futures.
Bringing Hope


We’re Mano River Sustainable Development Association (MaRSDA)

We partner with Kissi Cultural & Economic Development Association (KICEDA)

Two organisations. One purpose.

We exist to champion change in the communities living in the Mano River region.

MaRSDA Bringing Hope

Our dreams

The area has many families and children living in every day hardship and poverty, suffering with sickness. They lack tools to grow crops and money to buy food. They have little access to training and health care.

They have dreams, hopes and aspirations. They’re strong and resilient.

They know what they need to do and how to do it. The only thing they don’t have are the resources to realise their dreams.

Despite everything, every day they take small steps towards making a big difference.

Please help these determined, talented people take bigger, faster steps.

Mano River Region Africa

About the Mano River Region

The Mano River Region is home to communities who share a common culture, living in three countries:

  • Liberia
  • Guinea
  • Sierra Leone

The region is inland, rural and far away from the coast. When it comes to providing resources, they’re often forgotten.

The indigenous people speak many languages. However, they have many things in common, including a shared language.

They’re working together to build a better future. The communities, in partnership with the Kissi Cultural & Economic Development Association, have started exciting projects.

Plans are in place to:

  • Help tackle poverty
  • Protect the environment
  • Increase local language literacy
  • Promote and preserve the native culture

What we do

Everyone wonders what life could be like *if only*…

The people of the Mano River are no different…

Here are some of the ways we’re making a difference.


Funding to support local people produce healthy crops and farm healthy animals.


Funding to combat chronic diseases and promote healthy lifestyles.


Deliver skills and knowledge communities need for self-determination.

Culture & History

Promote literacy, protect local languages and champion oral history.

New to Australia

Welcoming people from the Mano River region to settle and succeed in Australia.

How to help

Help us build strong, resilient communities.

Four ways to start:



There are heaps of ways you can fundraise.



Donate your time and skills in Australia or Africa.



Give whatever you can by cash, card, or online transfer.

Spread the word

Spread the word

Tell other people about the great things we do.