Street Child has released the Ebola orphan report, the first of its kind to be produced, bringing to light the shocking scale and nature of the Ebola orphan crisis in Sierra Leone.
· 12,023 children have been identified as orphaned by Ebola
· 17% Orphans live in a household with 5+ other orphans
· 57% live in the hard-to-reach rural setting
· Orphans have an average age of 9 years old
· Street Child has provided support to 10,944 orphans
The Street Child research team travelled to every district in the country, collecting data and conducting interviews with Street Child project staff who have been working on the front line of the crisis since its beginning; children orphaned by Ebola, now supported by Street Child; government officials; and INGO representatives.
The product is an in-depth, complete picture of the challenges and risks children orphaned by Ebola face on a daily basis. It is clear that the need for these orphans is immediate, many are highly traumatised, for most it is a challenge just to eat and a high number face the risk of abuse, marginalisation and pregnancy.
The report offers solutions to the ever worsening orphan crisis and issues a call to action to the global aid community. We firmly believe that more can, and must, be done to support these vulnerable children, and we hope that the evidence presented in this report will be a catalyst towards this.
Click here to read the report in full