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.
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.
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.