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.
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.
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)
Medicine: Pain Relievers and Antibiotics
Phase II: Intermediate- Long Term Recovery Needs
Housing (Host families and permanent housing solutions)
Rehabilitation and Orientation
Financial Aid: Sustainability Model(Micro-enterprise grants and loans)
Long Term Recovery Plan
**We will provide critical updates as it becomes available.