Emergency Sierra Leone Flood Relief Appeal
Street Child is launching a formal flood relief appeal to support the victims of the Freetown Sierra Leone flooding and mudslides. Please donate what you can to our Emergency Flood Relief Appeal.
Emergency Flood Relief Appeal - Sierra Leone
Urgent action is needed to support those have been impacted by the mudslides in the capital Freetown. Please support our emergency flood relief appeal and help us support Sierra Leone.
In the early morning of Monday 14th August, the Sierra Leone capital Freetown was hit by horrific landslides and torrential rain.
These communities, who live on the hill slopes on the edge of Freetown, are amongst the capital's poorest inhabitants. We have been working in and out of these communities since Street Child began operating in Freetown in 2009. Those who have survived this tragedy are left with simply nothing.
Donations to Street Child's emergency flood relief appeal will go towards providing emergency relief and long-term recovery support. We will ensure donations received will be spent as quickly and as well as possible supporting our excellent social and livelihood teams in Sierra Leone. In the short term we will focus on food, shelter and water. Afterwards we'll focus on ensuring that affected children are able to restart school at the start of the school year in September; and then we will help affected families rebuild their livelihoods.
Your generosity has made such an enormous difference in the past. If at all possible, it is really needed now. All gifts received will be so hugely appreciated. Please give what you can.
Emergency Flood Relief Appeal Update:
Thank you to everyone who has supported our Emergency Flood Relief Appeal for Sierra Leone so far.
Our teams are already on the ground distributing food relief packages to those who have been displaced by the crisis. We have distributed over 78,000 emergency food and water packages and provided over 5,000 people with clothing packages. Thank you for your support.
To get more updates on our response to the Sierra Leone mudslides, please follow us on social media - @streetchilduk!
Stories From Our Work
Daniel's home was severely damaged by the flood. His mother was sleeping when the flood hit and was trapped in their home. Thankfully she managed to escape via a window.
Daniel wishes to continue attending school and studying English language which is his favourite subject. Sadly, the flood has washed away all of this family's income including the money that was set aside for his education. He is unsure whether his parents will be able to provide for his schooling in September.
Our Emergency Flood Relief Appeal will support victims like Daniel and his mother to rebuild their lives including helping children back to school.
Aminata lost her whole family in the flooding - both her parents and her four siblings. Aminata was on holiday visting her aunt when the flood hit and returned home to find her house and family were gone.
She has staying at Kamayama distribution centre with her uncle where Street Child have been providing emergency food and clean water to the victims, like Aminata. Street Child have been present at Kamayama, along with the other four centres setup by the government in response to the flooding and mudslides in Freetown, since last Monday.
How to Support the Emergency Flood Relief Appeal in Sierra Leone
The money raised since the appeal was launched on Monday 14th August is already being spent in-country providing emergency food packages, which include clean water, and clothing packages to those who lost everything in the disaster.
Thank you for responding so quickly to our appeal and helping us provide urgent support when it was needed most. Sadly, there is still much to be done as these communities start looking to the future and rebuilding their lives. With your help, we can help provide long-term recovery support; helping families to rebuild their livelihoods and children to return to school.
Three Ways To Support:
1) Donate to our emergency flood relief appeal
There are three main ways to donate to the flood relief appeal:
- you can donate online
- send a cheque payable to Street Child to: Street Child, 42-44 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AH
- or make a bank transfer
Get in touch or give us a call on 0207 614 76 96 for further help and details.
2) Fundraise for our emergency flood relief appeal
For ideas, tips and guidelines download our Fundraising Pack.
Do drop us an email and let us know how we can support your fundraising for the Flood Relief Appeal - we’d love to send you resources such as t-shirts, collection buckets as well as a template press release!
3) Follow and share our emergency flood relief appeal
Please help us maximise the impact of your support by following and sharing news and updates of the appeal. We will be updating our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the latest information from Sierra Leone.
Q? What are Street Child doing in response to the Mudslides in Sierra Leone?
As an immediate response, we are focusing on food, shelter and water. Our teams are already on the ground and our distributing food and water. In the medium to long term, we will ensure that affected children are able to restart school at the start of the school year in September; and then we will help affected families rebuild their livelihoods.
Q? How will the money raised be spent?
Donations will go towards providing emergency relief and long-term recovery support. We will ensure donations received will be spent as quickly and as well as possible supporting our excellent social and livelihood teams in Sierra Leone. The money raised since the appeal was launched on Monday 14th August is already being spent in country purchasing emergency supplies for those who haven’t had anything to eat or any clean water.
Q? How can I get involved and raise money for the Appeal?
You can either donate individually to the appeal, support the appeal through holding a fundraising event or create a giving page in support of the Emergency Flood Relief Appeal. Get in touch if you have any ideas or questions about how you can support further.
Q? How can I get updates on the situation and Street Child’s response in Sierra Leone?
We will be updating supporter on the situation and our response via our website and you can also follow updates via Facebook and Twitter.