Kidsave Sierra Leone Ebola Orphan Relief

by Kidsave International
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Summary

The program rescues Ebola orphans from Ebola Centers and orphanages and seeks to stabilize them and provide family care. "Host" families take them in, support their needs, educate them and ultimately help them find a permanent family. Micro-loan groups are supported to enable host moms to financially manage an extra child and help their small businesses thrive.
$69,720.00
total goal
$62,334.00
remaining
26
donors
2
monthly donors
2
years active

Challenge

It is believed that over 12,000 children in Sierra Leone have lost their parents to Ebola. Those without two parents need family support. Kidsave helps move these orphans into host families who foster them, help them heal and ultimately help find them a permanent family. Kidsave is matching children to hosts, helping keep host families stable and training new villages in this family visit model.

Solution

We provide family care for the children orphaned by Ebola. We recruit host families who take the children in, nurture them and help them find permanent families. Kidsave supports some of the hosts and permanent families, mostly women, through micro loan groups and village savings groups. These activities help these families afford to take in an extra child and build up their small businesses.

Long-Term Impact

Children who lost parents are placed in orphanages rather than families. Orphanages damage children. Children who grow up in families, rather than orphanages, do much better in life. They grow up with better capacity to attach, to relate to others, have empathy, obtain education, hold productive jobs and become responsible parents. Many of the interested families need extra income to take in children. Our economic strengthening program helps these women and families economically.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).

Resources

http:/​/​www.kidsave.org
Kidsave Sierra Leone Program Description
Ebola crisis hits Kidsave families

Organization Information

Kidsave International

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.kidsave.org
Project Leader:
Kristoff Kohlhagen
Washington, DC United States
$7,386 raised of $69,720 goal
 
50 donations
$62,334 to go
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