The Kroo Bay Fire - what we know so far...

Kroo Bay is one of about a dozen highly over populated slum communities dotted around Freetown.  Prone fire outbreaks, flooding and outbreaks of infectious diseases life in Kroo Bay is precarious at the best of times.

Reports from Street Child of Sierra Leone tell us that fire broke out in the early hours of the morning.  Firefighters were not able to reach the fire, because the streets are so narrow and so residents fought the fire themselves using seawater from the bay

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The aftermath of the Kroo Bay fire - my personal experience

By Boyd Heuvelman - Street Child volunteer

As I woke up on the morning of Tuesday 5th March I was greeted by one of the Street Child of Sierra Leone social workers.  I have recently arrived in Sierra Leone to volunteer with Street Child for two months and this was my first day in Freetown.  The Social Worker explained that she would take me to Kroo Bay, one of Street Child’s largest slums. That night there had been a huge fire where the whole neighbourhood had burnt down. As we made our way to the area I was informed of what happened and what we would do.

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Street Child opens first primary school in Palabek, Northern Uganda

Last week was a big moment for Street Child of Uganda as construction was completed of the first of our Ugandan primary schools, as part of our project to transform learning for refugee children in Palabek. The Progressive Primary School has been supported by generous private donors and in large part by Education Cannot Wait (ECW), a major new global fund to transform delivery of education in emergencies.

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What ‘Count Me In’ means to Sierra Leone

Despite progress, 40% of children in Sierra Leone still do not complete a basic education and 27% of children of primary age are not in school. Even when in school many primary school pupils are not learning how to read.

Using funds generated from our ‘Count Me In’ campaign Street Child will increase equity in education by improving access, completion and learning in education for the most vulnerable groups in Sierra Leone.

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Street Child Given Birthday Boost by UK Government

Street Child is today (21 November 2018) marking its 10th birthday by launching its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date.  The charity is celebrating a birthday boost to its appeal, as all public donations received between today and 21 February 2019, will be doubled by the UK Government. This will enable Street Child to ensure even more children go to school.

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FREETOWN MUDSLIDE: ONE YEAR ON

Today marks one year on from the devastating flooding and mudslides in Freetown.

On Monday 14th August 2017 an estimated 1,000 people died when an entire mountainside collapsed in the capital of Sierra Leone. Huge boulders, dislodged by rain, left a two-mile trail of destruction – flattening everything in its path. 

Street Child was one of the first major agencies to launch an emergency appeal.

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FOCUS ON OUR ABILITIES, NOT OUR DISABILITIES

I live in remote, rural Kambia District in Sierra Leone.  Polio as a child left me with a physical disability, and I was later inspired to found a rights-based, social movement for other persons with disabilities.  The Welfare Society for the Disabled, known locally as WESOFOD, now counts 360 members with disabilities. We speak with a united voice when we say: Focus on our abilities and not on our disabilities!  

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