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Street Child is a UK charity, established in 2008, that aims to create educational opportunity for some of the most vulnerable children in West Africa.

Ebola Crisis Update

Street Child thanks Legacy of Ebola media partners

Martin Forsyth

As Street Child’s ‘Legacy of Ebola’ appeal moves into its final phase, Street Child would like to thank all the outlets who have supported the appeal to date. Their coverage has helped Street Child ensure that, even as the media spotlight fades on Ebola, the public has still been able to engage with the ongoing humanitarian crisis affecting thousands of children across the region.

The Evening Standard's support across our appeal has been instrumental in spreading the Legacy of Ebola message far and wide. Click here for a full round-up of coverage.

The Evening Standard's support across our appeal has been instrumental in spreading the Legacy of Ebola message far and wide. Click here for a full round-up of coverage.

15 year-old Street Child beneficiary Bintu Sannoh supplied her 5th report for the Observer, a look back at a year of Ebola in Sierra Leone. Read all Bintu's reports here.

15 year-old Street Child beneficiary Bintu Sannoh supplied her 5th report for the Observer, a look back at a year of Ebola in Sierra Leone. Read all Bintu's reports here.

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More than 20,000 children back in school since Ebola thanks to Street Child

Martin Forsyth

As Street Child continues its enormous effort to help children return to - and be able to stay in - school after Ebola, the charity confirmed that it has now given direct financial assistance to over 20,000 in Liberia and Sierra Leone this year. We plan to help thousands more children back into school at the start of the new term in January.

In Sierra Leone, Street Child has financially assisted 17,241 children back into primary school and 1,266 into secondary school. In Liberia we’ve supported 1,500 Ebola-affected children into school.

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Ebola Don Don! A message from our CEO, Tom Dannatt

Martin Forsyth

It is with the greatest of relief that I write to share the long-awaited news, for those who have not heard it already, that today, Sierra Leone has hit the magic mark of 42 days with no new cases of Ebola and therefore officially joins Liberia in being declared . . . Ebola free!

Or to put matters in Krio: “Ebola don don!”

Of course Ebola has been coming progressively under control since early this year and the number of cases in recent months has been very low – but there is a world of difference between being ‘nearly Ebola free’ and actually ‘Ebola free’. It really is a day for celebration!
 
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President of Sierra Leone graces superb Street Child Sierra Leone Marathon

Martin Forsyth

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As first light broke on Makeni’s Wusum Hill this morning, around 600 runners lined up to participate in the first Sierra Leone Marathon to be held in the country since Ebola began last year. And it was none other than the President of Sierra Leone that wished those intrepid runners luck for this very special event. 

Spread across four distances – full marathon, half marathon, 5k and 10k – there were a total of 51 Brits in the field as well as representatives from nations around the world. But it was the Sierra Leonean runners that swept the field across all categories. The winner of the main event was Osman Challey with an impressive time of 2hrs 26mins.

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After Ebola: Street Child announces 2000+ girl consultation on adolescent female education in Sierra Leone

Martin Forsyth

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At an event to mark the UN Day of the Girl Child, Street Child of Sierra Leone’s Kelfa Kargbo Country Director, Kelfa Kargbo, announced a major Street Child consultation exercise on issues affecting the education of adolescent girls in Sierra Leone – pledging to meet with over 2000 girls in a nationwide process. 

In a moving address, which can be read in full here, Kelfa clearly articulated the issue,

How can it be right that when you look at the early classes of any primary school, you see roughly equal numbers of boys and girls, but by the time you look at a Senior Secondary School . . . you can frequently see boys outnumbering girls by 2:1 or more?

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Street Child launches Legacy of Ebola Appeal

Martin Forsyth

Today marks the launch of our Legacy of Ebola Appeal, which aims to create a sustainable future for thousands of children affected by Ebola. 

In excess of 8,500 people have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia. At last, the virus seems to be on the wane. However, there is a parallel crisis raging across the region; one that is, sadly, far from over and yet has tragically faded from public view. 

In Sierra Leone and Liberia there have been around 20,000 children orphaned by Ebola. Many of these are still at risk of hunger, malnutrition and abuse. And there are thousands more children whose access to education is now critically at riskas a direct result of the disease.

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Street Child helps 10,008 children Back to School in Sierra Leone

Martin Forsyth

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At the close of the first term after the traumatic nine-month school closure at the height of the Ebola crisis, Street Child is proud to reveal that it is has provided direct school support to over 10,000 Ebola-affected and street-connected children. Absent such support, these children were very unlikely to attend school, or if they had, their access would likely have been highly irregular.

5,580 of the children supported are Ebola Orphans – children who have lost at least one primary care-giver to Ebola. Adding in the 1,500 Ebola orphans Street Child has provided school support to in Liberia, Street Child has now helped over 7,000 children orphaned by Ebola return to school in West Africa.

All 10,008 children have received uniforms and stationary from Street Child.

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SEED ON TIME TO EVERY FARMING ORPHAN FAMILY IN SL

Martin Forsyth

Street Child has successfully completed a desperately needed nationwide programme delivering seed to every farming family caring for charity-supported Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone – just in time for the 2015 planting season!

In total 1,141 families from across the country, who are collectively supporting 3,996 orphans, received rice or groundnut seed in May and June for immediate planting. Families received varying amounts depending on the number of orphaned children they were supporting.

Street Child is committed to seeing every single Ebola orphan in family, in school and with that family able to independently and sustainably meet the child’s basic needs.

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Street Child leads biggest ever Ebola orphan feeding mission

Martin Forsyth

Finally, a year after the Ebola crisis began in Sierra Leone, and children began losing their parents and caregivers, a comprehensive multi-agency Ebola orphan support programme has begun.

Naturally, Street Child is at the fore of it.  

This massive nationwide programme, coordinated by Street Child and funded by the German charity Welthungerhlife supported by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), commenced today with a food distribution in Kissi, Eastern Freetown and will be followed by initial distributions in every major town in Sierra Leone in the coming days.  

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Liberia is Ebola free!

Martin Forsyth

It seemed so far off in the horrific Monrovia days of September & October, when the dead and dying lay in the street but a remarkable decline in cases, beginning in the late Autumn finally culminated in Liberia going 42 days without Ebola on Saturday 10th May and therefore being declared Ebola free!

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Chloe Brett, Street Child’s Liberia Programmes Director gave comment to the Guardian and an interview to Al Jazeera. Chloe, like everyone, expressed enormous relief and joy that the date had been successfully reached.

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Ebola Deeply features wide-ranging interview with CEO Tom Dannatt

Martin Forsyth

The highly respected specialist Ebola website, Ebola Deeply have published a broad ranging interview with Street Child CEO Tom Dannatt.

 Tom emphasizes the two distinctive and important contributions he feels that Street Child have made in the crisis:

1.      Supporting over 13,000 Ebola orphans in SL & Liberia

2.      Building an Ebola ‘education’ network that at its peak contained almost 2,000 educators, working house to house.

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Street Child’s work with Liberia’s young tomb dwellers: The Independent

Martin Forsyth

The Independent on Saturday has published a major magazine article on the plight gruesome situation of young people reduced to living in a disused Monrovia graveyard – and of Street Child’s brave, solitary, attempts to help this often under-represented group.

The article introduces us to a number of these vulnerable young people, including  Junior Toe, a veteran tomb dweller. "There was a body there, but I took it out and threw it away,"  he says, standing on the worn edge of an open tomb, he peers into his second-hand bedroom. The empty space, about two-metres deep, is finished with stained green tiles crossed by vines. "When you look for a tomb, the body can't be too fresh," he advises. "It has to be really dead, then you can clear it away into a bag."

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The Sierra Leone Marathon returns: 24th October 2015

Martin Forsyth

Despite everything that has happened, The Sierra Leone Marathon will, as revealed in today’s Evening Standard be held for the fourth time, on the 24th October 2015. As ever, the event will return to Makeni in the north of the country in a bid to raise much needed funds, this time of course to support the vital recovery effort.The marathon is expected to take the same route as in previous years, which poignantly includes running through several villages devastated by Ebola – villages where Street Child has been providing vital aid. There will also be a half-marathon and 5km events as in previous years.

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OBSERVER: STREET CHILD’S BINTU IS BACK IN SCHOOL

Martin Forsyth

But only with 30% of her colleagues

At the peak of the world’s interest in the Ebola crisis, Bintu Sannoh, a teenage girl supported by Street Child whose home in Kenema was hit by Ebola, wrote a diary article on the front page of the Observer.

She described the misery Ebola had brought to her family. In subsequent Observer articles, published in November and January, she depicts the stigma and poverty her family still faced – but how, through their own efforts, supported by Street Child, they were managing to cope.

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