On Monday August 14th 2017, rain and torrential flooding and landslides resulted in the largest single day disaster in the history of Sierra Leone. Hundreds are confirmed dead. Thousands have lost their homes and property. Some reports indicate that count will end up in thousands dead. International assistance is urgently needed. Help provide short term assistance and long term aid to restore hope and normalcy to the poor and destitute.
Freetown receives 80 to 120 inches a year. Because of deforestation in the surrounding hills, there are no longer adequate trees to present soil erosion and to absorb the huge rainfall. Consequently, Freetown is increasingly prone to flooding from the rain run off from the hills. Coupled with overcrowding and indiscriminate house construction, tens of thousands are exposed to the fury of nature. This storm destroyed thousands of homes, caused extensive flooding, and killed hundreds of people.
This project will help provide emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to any longer-term recovery assistance that is needed. Initially our efforts will be focused on immediate needs like food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Long-term, our efforts will focus on pro-active measures like housing assistance and reforestation.
By supporting this project you are helping to restore lives back to normalcy. Sierra Leone is still recovering from the after-shock of Ebola. Your support will help it rebuild and rise again.