Here is a glance at what we have done with some of your donations and the need to continue our long term recovery efforts. Thank you. 

Long-Term Recover needs re-assessment in Regent (December 2018)

Long-Term Recover needs re-assessment in Regent (December 2018)

Sierra Leone August 2017 Mudslide AFTERMATH

 

In the early morning of August 14th, 2017 heavy rain flooded the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone which caused a mudslide that claimed the lives of approximately 1000 people of whom 109 were children, 600 individuals uncounted for/missing, and left over 2000 displaced citizens. We are raising funds to provide long term relief to victims in all of the communities affected by this tragedy.

A majority of the funds raised was used to provide immediate unmet needs like sleeping bags, blankets, food, clothing, hygiene products, diapers, water, and medical supplies to families in shelters around the city and in Regent, Kamayama, Kanikay, Kroo Bay, Lumley, Brooksfield, Kingtom, Kolleh Town, and other affected areas.

At this stage in  the recovery process, homelessness is still a great concern as many families are still seeking shelter with neighbors, relatives, while others are left no choice but to sleep in “unfinished” home structures in the area. Social adjustment barriers were also detected as many families who were once self-sufficient are left to “break stones” to earn a living in these communities. All incoming donations will also be utilized to rent homes for homeless families, and to provide business capital to help folks get back on their feet using our sustainable economic self-sufficiency model developed in partnership with Social Workers-Sierra Leone. Thus every dollar you donate will greatly contribute to rebuilding lives in shattered communities.

Students in Kroo Bay accepting donated school supplies in late September 2017

Students in Kroo Bay accepting donated school supplies in late September 2017

One of our communities and schools in Kroo Bay, Freetown Sierra Leone was also affected by this disaster and our team on the ground reported that 56 homes were damaged, 113 individuals affected of which 82 were school-aged children. As other students prepared to start school in late September 2017, 82 of our students were left to wonder if they would be able to return to school due to severe flooding in their school; Kroo Bay Community  Primary School. Thanks to you, not only were all 82 children able to go back to classroom with essential supplies and uniforms, we were also able to purchase classroom supplies.

Donate today and help restore hope in shattered communities.  Your donations to this campaign are tax-deductible under IRS Code 501c(3) and EIN:46-1403741.

 
Regent residents in disbelief of the tragedy in their community.

Regent residents in disbelief of the tragedy in their community.

A glance at the mudslide's point of orgirn in Regent, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

A glance at the mudslide's point of orgirn in Regent, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Residents in Kroo Bay, central Freetown, Sierra Leone  barricaded  by flood waters on August 14th, 2017.

Residents in Kroo Bay, central Freetown, Sierra Leone barricaded by flood waters on August 14th, 2017.

Our Emergency Response Team in Sierra Leone reported the following a few days after the mudslide ( 08/18/2017).

  • A majority of the displaced victims that were in shelters are women, children, and senior citizens

Phase I: Immediate Unmet Needs(August 2017-January 2018)

  • Shelter

  • Sleeping Bags

  • Blankets

  • Food

  • Water

  • Clothing

  • Towels

  • Diapers

  • Hygiene Products

  • Medical Supplies

  • Medicine: Pain Relievers and Antibiotics

Phase II: Intermediate- Long Term Recovery Needs 

  • Housing (Host families and permanent housing solutions)

  • Rehabilitation and Orientation

  • Skills Training(Skills)

  • Financial Aid: Sustainability Model(Micro-enterprise grants and loans)

  • Grief Counseling/Therapy

  • Long Term Recovery Plan

**We will provide critical updates as it becomes available.

 

Mudslide Fundraiser: Our fundraising event held on October 15th, 2017 in Houston, Texas was a great success. Over 100 attendees and we raised over $4,000.

Mudslide Fundraiser: Our fundraising event held on October 15th, 2017 in Houston, Texas was a great success. Over 100 attendees and we raised over $4,000.

Our Mudslide Report Card: A glimpse of what your support/contributions/ donations have done so far. Thank you!

Our Mudslide Report Card: A glimpse of what your support/contributions/ donations have done so far. Thank you!