Street Child is delighted to learn that Idris Elba has thrown his support behind our Ebola Orphan appeal. The Hollywood star of Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom, called for parents to “show solidarity” and support our campaign to raise cash to care for children in disease-ravaged Sierra Leone.
His comments came in this weekend’s Sunday Mirror article which featured a hand written letter by 12-year-old Aminata Conteh, an orphan of the Ebola Crisis, who is currently being supported by Street Child. Aminata thanked Sunday Mirror readers for their efforts in raising over £30,000 for the appeal so far and spoke about the heart-breaking loss of her mother and grandmother.
The announcement this week that Street Child has scaled up its support to 8,000 orphans and estimates there to be in excess of 30,000 Ebola orphaned children across the region, was published in the Evening Standard, which also featured an interview with Street Child social worker Alie Sesay. Born in Sierra Leone, Alie moved to London during the civil war but has now returned to support children orphaned by Ebola.