Sierra Leone has gone through everything – 20 years of civil war, hunger, HIV/AIDS and Ebola – and keeps coming back. Christian Aid has been in the country since 1988, and ElectricAid has funded many development and relief programmes – see our recent post on co-funding with ILCU Foundation and SAVVI.. The development context changed in 2015 with the Ebola outbreak, and the country currently has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Ebola affected the economy, education, and healthcare systems, and has since left millions of people struggling in the face of food insecurity and dying of preventable, treatable health issues such as malaria, diarrhoea and childbirth.
On the 14th August, torrential rain caused fatal flooding and mudslides. We now think that about 1,000 people have died, many of them children. Thousands are homeless, and many severely injured.
Using their own emergency funds, Christian Aid is on the ground in the most vulnerable areas of Freetown, providing urgent support to over 200 families whose houses were washed away. Their immediate priority is to provide food, water, clothing, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, and household essentials like cooking utensils and water containers. They are also be helping displaced women and girls who are at risk of gender based violence.
ElectricAid’s business planning processes ensure that we maintain a response capability for events like this emergency. Prompt , modest funding can have a major impact. On your behalf, last week (18.08.2017) we approved funding of €5,000 for Christian Aid’s appeal, and the funds have now moved. We are only a pathway for your generosity.