Help Provide Disaster Relief From Storm Damage


Since the last report, in Sierra Leone, there has only been one major storm.  This storm took place in April in the Kono region of Sierra Leone.  The high winds blew off the roof of many houses.  Several people sustained physical injuries - but fortunately, none of them were fatal.  More details about the storm are available here.

The sad part about such storms is that they offer leave the affected people both homeless and hopeless.  In many of these occurrences, the families are destitute and there is often little support from the community.  This is all the more reason why what we are doing through this and similar projects is important.  It's essential that we provide this support. This short-term immediate assistance is crucial.   

Thank you so much for helping those affected by storms - who need help the most - those who cannot help themselves.  YOUR suport means a lot more than you realize and we deeply appreciate you!

Additional information about how you can help is available on our Poverty Alleviation Project Page.  Please read more here.


Bags to pack their clothes
Bags to pack their clothes

One of the joys of serving people is being able to see the impact of the relief that we bring to them.  Last year, thanks through the continued support of a faithful Develop Africa supporter, we were able to help meet the specific needs of a special family in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The home of the family had been affected by past storm.  The family came up with the need for bedding, bags to put their clothes, need for food and payment of school fees for the three girls.  We were able to meet their specific needs and also give a sum of money to the father.  

Joshua, the local Coordinator reports - "I was so thrilled by the shouts of joy when the news was broken to them and also when the items were received".   You can see the appreciation on their faces in the included photos.

It’s indeed a joy for us to be able to help this and other families.  We welcome your support as we provide more relief where it is needed most – when families have lost everything.

Testing out the new mattress
Testing out the new mattress
happy family with shouts of joy
happy family with shouts of joy
delighted girls and lady
delighted girls and lady

As previously reported, an unfortunate storm disaster took place in Freetown in May this year.  This storm affected many homes in the Wellington municipality.  Many trees were uprooted and roof tops of houses were blown away or raised. Over one hundred and fifty houses were affected.  More than 30 children attending Door of Hope After-School Lessons were affected.  

Thanks to your support, we were able to provide financial assistance to the families of 19 children.  The photos in this report show some of the children in our program that benefitted from the funds we provided.

The storm disaster caused some families to move to a different house / location.  Money distributed was
used to fix the roofs and other part of the buildings that were affected. For some families money provided was used to secure new rental houses.  Some funds also went toward clean-up efforts – clearing debris, fallen trees etc.

The support YOU helped to provide was a welcome and immediate relief – helping to restore normalcy and relief to several families.  THANK YOU for your support that enabled us to provide this vital aid in time of need.  Many of them would have suffered a serious setback without YOUR support!  

Your support brought a ray of hope and encouragement to the families. They were delighted to receive the crucial assistance and asked us to convey their deep gratitude to YOU.  Thanks so much for your on-going support!


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