Three months on from the horrific mudslide in Sierra Leone, hundreds of families are still homeless and we’re still hard at work – thanks to the amazing generosity of people like you.
On 14 August this year, heavy downpours caused a devastating landslide on the outskirts of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Rocks, earth and mud rained down on homes, several communities were left entirely submerged and 1,000 people were killed – including more than 120 children.
It was an appalling tragedy, particularly in this desperately poor country, still reeling from its recent Ebola epidemic.
But thanks to you, we were able to help vulnerable families, fast.
In the immediate aftermath of the mudslide, we worked round the clock, providing emergency supplies to those caught up in the crisis. And in the weeks and months that followed, we kept on working – supporting some of the 3,000 people who’d been made homeless overnight.
Many of these families were sheltering in schools, community halls, churches, mosques and other public buildings across Freetown.
They’d lost everything – their homes, livelihoods and, for many, even their loved ones. And so we did everything we could to help these families stay alive and start to slowly rebuild their lives.
Right now, you’re helping vulnerable children return to school.
Your generosity is helping us buy school bags, uniforms and exercise books for children who lost their homes and belongings in the mudslide. We’re also determined to restock teaching materials at local schools and provide hand soap and other hygiene essentials to reduce the risk of waterborne diseases.
For schoolchildren in Freetown, your kindness means the world and helps them look forward to a healthier, happier future.
So from them – and everyone on our team in Sierra Leone – we’d like to say an enormous thank you.