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 over 400 people, 500 individuals uncounted for, and left approximately over 2000 displaced citizens. We are raising funds to provide relief to victims in all of the communities affected by this tragedy.

When tragedy hits, it has no face and it is a clear reminder that such tragedy could have affected any one of us or our families. Unfortunately for us in Houston, the tragedy did hit our doorsteps  on August 27th, 2017. Hurricane Harvey was the first Category 4 storm to hit the US in 14 years. The aftermath has been devastating. Lives have been taken, homes have been washed away, businesses destroyed, and the flooding is far from over. During this trying time, the nation has been watching and looking for ways to help, thus our urge to join the efforts.

Houston, TX at the wake of Hurricane Harvey

Houston, TX at the wake of Hurricane Harvey

A majority of the funds will be used to purchase and provide immediate needs like sleeping bags, blankets, food, clothing, hygiene products, diapers, water, and medical supplies to families in shelters around the city of Houuton as well as survivors/victims in Regent, Kamayama, Kanikay, Kroo Bay, Lumley, Brooksfield, Kingtom, Kolleh Town, and other affected areas.

Funds will also be utilized to take medical preventative measures in Sierra leone for tropical diseases like cholera and malaria as well as for long-term plans to rebuild shattered communities, schools, and most importantly lives.

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 prepare to start school in the next few weeks, 82 of our children will be unable to go back to school due to severe flooding in their school; Kroo Bay Community  Primary School.

Donate today and help restore hope in broken 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.

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A glance at the mudsline's point of orgin in Regent, Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

A glance at the mudsline's point of orgin 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 as of 08/18/2017.

  • A majority of the displaced victims currently in shelters are women, children, and senior citizens
  • 430 displaced victims are housed at the Saio Preparatory School SS Camp
    • 225 Women (67 are middle aged and senior citizens)
    • 115 Men
    • 90 children(Infants and toddlers included)

Immediate Needs(0-6 Weeks)

  • Shelter
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Blankets
  • Food
  • Water
  • Clothing
  • Towels
  • Diapers
  • Hygiene Products
  • Medical Supplies
  • Medicine: Pain Relievers and Antibiotics

Intermediate Needs Based on Needs Assessment and Projections (6-18 Weeks)

  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Hygiene Products
  • Preventative Medical Intervention for cholera, malaria, and other tropical diseases
  • Rehabilitation and Orientation
  • Self Empowerment Training(Skills)
  • Financial Aid: Sustainability Model(Micro-enterprise loans)
  • Grief Counseling/Therapy

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