Today marks the launch of our Legacy of Ebola Appeal, which aims to create a sustainable future for thousands of children affected by Ebola.
In excess of 8,500 people have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia. At last, the virus seems to be on the wane. However, there is a parallel crisis raging across the region; one that is, sadly, far from over and yet has tragically faded from public view.
In Sierra Leone and Liberia there have been around 20,000 children orphaned by Ebola. Many of these are still at risk of hunger, malnutrition and abuse. And there are thousands more children whose access to education is now critically at riskas a direct result of the disease.
Many of Ebola's victims were on the margins of society before Ebola began. For the children and families left behind, the long-term effects of the virus are still very real. Without urgent and immediate support, this humanitarian crisis will increase.
This is the Legacy of Ebola.
The goal of our Legacy of Ebola Appeal is to raise £1million before the end of the year to help ensure that a minimum of 20,000 Ebola-affected children in Sierra Leone and Liberia can progress along their journey from destitution towards a sustainable future. Whilst many children will require just a little more help, others are still in emergency conditions with a dangerous lack of food security and no safe, responsible adult to rely upon.
In the coming days, Street Child patron Nick Hewer will take our launch to the press with a number of interviews aimed at raising awareness for the issues still impacting upon the children affected worst by Ebola. It is our hope that you, our brilliant supporters, will do the same: share our message as widely as possible and help us ensure that we can create a more positive way of life for thousands of Ebola-affected children.
Learn more about the Legacy of Ebola Appeal here.