In the early morning of Monday 14th August, the Sierra Leone capital Freetown was hit by horrific landslides and torrential rain. Over 300 people have lost their lives. Thousands have been left homeless and with nothing. The capacity of the already stretched Sierra Leonean Government to help is very limited. This is a time where urgent charity is needed.
The landslides and torrential rain that hit the capital Freetown on Monday 14th has left hundreds dead and thousands homeless. The communities who live on the hill slopes on the edge of Freetown, are amongst the capital's poorest inhabitants. Those who have survived this tragedy are left with simply nothing, without access to clean water or food.
100% of all donations received will be spent as quickly and as well as possible supporting our excellent, on the ground, social and livelihood teams. Our teams are already on the ground distributing emergency relief. In the short term we are focusing on food, shelter and water. Longer term we'll focus on ensuring that affected children are able to restart school at the start of the school year in September; and helping affected families rebuild their livelihoods.
It is essential to react immediately to the crisis, helping those who have been affected and trying to prevent any further casualties. However, the impact of this crisis will be long-term. Street Child will be working with those impacted to ensure that children can go back to school in September and help affected families to rebuild their livelihoods.