Ebola One Year On
one year on from Ebola
The 14th January marks one year of no new cases of Ebola in Africa.
Thanks to your support, over the last 18 months, Street Child has provided 8,000 Ebola-impacted households with significant support, in the form of food packages, school fees and business grants and advice. Street Child has helped 5,580 Ebola orphans to go to school and thanks to your amazing support with Girls Speak Out we will be helping another 20,000 children to go to school in post-Ebola Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Street Child CEO Tom Dannatt says: "Whilst there has been some welcome recovery for many Ebola impacted families and thousands of orphans have been helped by Street Child and others, some of the most at-risk orphans are still in acute conditions. We should celebrate that the Ebola epidemic is over but we must recognise that for the most complex and vulnerable cases, the crisis certainly isn’t."
Child-headed households, grand-parent headed households, households where the numbers of children now run into double-figures. Street Child have recently identified 1,400 seriously at-risk Ebola orphans who need significant extra support.
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Mariatu, 16 years old
At 15, Mariatu lost both her parents to Ebola and took on the responsibility of caring for her two younger brothers, just 12 and 9 years old. In one year, her life has turned upside down.
"I do petty trading to try and support both my brothers through school but it is very hard to raise the money for fees, books and uniforms. I also do all the cooking in the house. We receive support from no one, not even the community. We have aunts and uncles but they don’t care and they don’t help us.”
“I want to be somebody, I want to finish school and become a soldier. I also really want my brothers to finish education and get well paid jobs. I get on very well with both my brothers, we look after each other”.
After being noticed by a social worker from Street Child, Mariatu and her brothers will now receive support, but their plight is characteristic of the problems faced by the most vulnerable groups of Ebola-hit children, and there are many more like them for whom life has got worse since Ebola.
Street Child CEO Tom Dannatt says: “We have met with many teenage orphans like Mariatu who have taken on the burden of looking after their young siblings and are struggling to cope. Several have dropped out of school, sacrificing their own futures to try and make sure that their brothers and sisters can stay in education. Sadly, running a business and a household is proving too tough for many of them.”