Funded by UK Aid, Street Child has in recent weeks, given business grants supported by business training, planning and ongoing mentoring to 2,000 Ebola-affected families. This takes the number of grants distributed by Street Child in 2015 to 6,173.
Street Child aims to support a further 4,600 families by early in the new year.
Tom Dannatt, CEO of Street Child, commented: “Ebola may be gone, but its impacts will last a very long time. One of the greatest, and most far reaching of those is deepened poverty. Poverty is the biggest barrier to children learning in Sierra Leone. So unless we help families out of poverty, their children remain out of, or at risk of dropping out of, school. It is likley that their life prospects will be bleak as a result. Unless programmes like our Family Business Scheme can deliver timely support, this still risks being one of Ebola’s worst legacies.”
To learn more about how you can support Street Child's work with Ebola-affected children, visit our Legacy of Ebola webpage.