A decade of civil war means Sierra Leone has struggled to rebuild and provide vital resources including health care. Life expectancy is just 42 years and it's one of the most dangerous places in the world for a woman to give birth.
But thanks to UK aid money that you persuaded the Government to give, the future looks much brighter. Some 460,000 women and 1 million children each year will now benefit from free care. At one Freetown children's hospital alone, the number of children dying has halved.
New mum, Marian Dumbuye (pictured left), is representative of this newfound optimism. When she had her first child in 2008, only one in ten deliveries took place in hospital. And she was terrified that she would lose her baby if she faced any complications during labour, because she didn't have the £15 needed to give birth - a small fortune when most people live on less than 70p a day.
But clutching her newly born baby son, she feels that he is "a sign of great hope for my country." And that great hope is partly thanks to you, campaigning for a better future for mums and children in Sierra Leone.