EMERGENCY FLOOD RELIEF FUNDRAISER FOR SIERRA LEONE
URGENT ACTION IS NEEDED TO SUPPORT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THE MUDSLIDES IN THE CAPITAL, FREETOWN. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR EMERGENCY FLOOD RELIEF FUNDRAISER AND HELP US REBUILD SIERRA LEONE.
In the early morning of Monday 14 August, the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown was hit by horrific landslides and torrential rain.
These communities, who live on the hill slopes on the edge of Freetown, are amongst the capital's poorest inhabitants. We have been working in and out of these communities since Street Child began operating in Freetown in 2009. Those who have survived this tragedy are left with simply nothing.
Donations to Street Child's emergency flood relief fundraiser will go towards providing emergency relief and long-term recovery support. We will ensure donations received will be spent as quickly and as well as possible supporting our excellent social and livelihood teams in Sierra Leone. In the short term we will focus on food, shelter and water. Afterwards we'll focus on ensuring that affected children are able to restart school at the start of the school year in September; and then we will help affected families rebuild their livelihoods.
Your generosity has made such an enormous difference in the past. If at all possible, it is really needed now. All gifts received will be so hugely appreciated. Please give what you can.
FLOOD FUNDRAISER UPDATE
Thank you to everyone who has supported our Emergency Flood fundraiser for Sierra Leone.
Our teams are on the ground distributing food relief packages to those who have been displaced by the crisis. We have distributed over 78,000 emergency food and water packages and provided over 5,000 people with clothing packages. Thank you for your support.
For more updates on our response to the Sierra Leone mudslides, please follow us on social media - @streetchildus.
Daniel's home was severely damaged by the flood. His mother was sleeping when the flood hit and was trapped in their home. Thankfully she managed to escape via a window.
Daniel wishes to continue attending school and studying English language which is his favorite subject. Sadly, the flood has washed away all of his family's income, including the money that was set aside for his education. He is unsure whether his parents will be able to provide for his schooling in September.
Our Emergency Flood Relief Fundraiser will support victims like Daniel and his mother to rebuild their lives including helping children back to school.
Aminata lost her whole family in the flooding - both her parents and her four siblings. She was on holiday visiting her aunt when the flood hit, and returned home to find that her house and family were gone.
She has been staying at Kamayama distribution center with her uncle, where Street Child has been providing emergency food and clean water to those left homeless. Street Child has also been working at four other centers set up by the government in Freetown.
HOW TO SUPPORT SIERRA LEONE
The money raised since Monday 14 August is already being spent in-country, providing emergency food packages, which include clean water, and clothing packages to those who lost everything in the disaster.
Thank you for responding so quickly and helping us provide urgent support when it was needed most. Sadly, there is still much to be done as these communities start looking to the future and rebuilding their lives. With your help, we can help provide long-term recovery support, helping families to rebuild their livelihoods and children to return to school.
THREE WAYS TO SUPPORT:
1) MAKE A DONATION
There are three main ways to donate to the flood relief appeal:
- you can donate online
- send a check made out to Street Child US to Street Child US, 2081 Center Street, Berkeley CA 94704
- or make a bank transfer - call us for our bank details on 510-693-4460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2) SET UP YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER
For ideas, tips and guidelines download our Fundraising Pack.
Do drop us an email and let us know how we can support your fundraising for the Flood Relief Fundraiser - we’d love to send you resources such as t-shirts and lapel stickers!
3) FOLLOW AND SHARE OUR EMERGENCY FLOOD RELIEF APPEAL
Q? What is Street Child doing in response to the mudslides in Sierra Leone?
As an immediate response, we are focusing on food, shelter and water. Our teams are already on the ground distributing food and water. In the medium to long term, we will ensure that affected children are able to go back to school, and then we will help affected families rebuild their livelihoods.
Q? How will the money raised be spent?
Donations will go towards providing emergency relief and long-term recovery support. We will ensure donations received will be spent as quickly and as well as possible supporting our excellent social and livelihood teams in Sierra Leone. The money raised so far is already being spent in-country purchasing emergency supplies for those who haven’t had anything to eat or any clean water.
Q? How can I get involved and raise money?
You can donate individually, hold a fundraising event, or create a giving page in support. Get in touch if you have any ideas or questions about how you can support us further.
Q? How can I get updates on the situation and Street Child’s response in Sierra Leone?
We will be updating supporters on the situation and our response via our website, and you can also follow updates via Facebook and Twitter.