Nationally, the Office of National Security (ONS) is coordinating all relief efforts in Sierra Leone. The hotline for donations is +232 78462072. Alternatively you can contact the following individuals/groups/organisations who have been doing a great job in assisting with relief efforts.
Project Pikin is a non governmental, non profit, charity organization that seeks to cater to Sierra Leone’s growing number of street children and orphans. The organisation was very active and effective in the distribution of basic essentials to children affected by the Ebola crisis. Currently Project Pikin has been coordinating the collection of clothes, toys, books and other necessities for children affected by the flooding and landslide in Freetown. If you live in Freetown and would like to donate new or gently used child necessities such as clothes, toys, books, blankets, etc, please do so at 232 Complex, along Lumley Beach or contact them on Instagram by clicking HERE and on Facebook by clicking HERE. You can also call Project Pikin on +232 30 715412, or visit their website at http://www.projectpikin.org/.
Lifeline Nehemiah Projects
Founded in 1996 as an organic response to the brutal conflict in Sierra Leone, Lifeline Nehemiah Projects set about rebuilding the lives of ex-child soldiers and young people affected by war. The organisation currently operates several projects throughout Sierra Leone including: formal education, vocational skill training, agricultural development, various social enterprises and a care home for young people. Dedicated to holistic development and rebuilding Sierra Leone, Lifeline Nehemiah Projects works with some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people; community elders; those in government; businesses; and a wide range of people and institutions to empower individuals and communities to prosper and become self-sustainable.
Lifeline Nehemiah Projects is Directed by Philip Joe Cole, recipient of the Queens Young Leader Award by HRH Queen Elizabeth II in 2015 for his community work and fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Philip Cole directs a safe-home programme, four schools and a vocational skills programme that equips vulnerable young people to be community leaders. To learn more about Lifeline Nehemiah Projects, visit their website at http://lifelinenehemiahprojects.org/home or follow PJ on Instagram by clicking Here.
Overwhelmed and touched by the willingness of the Foodies Salone family. A huge thank you to Basha and El Frida's Restaurant and @ginasfrozenyogurtandcoffee through whom we combined over 100 dinners for women and children who have lost their homes to the floods in Lumley Kaningo and are now at Malama Kaningo Community School that has become a community center and home for over 300 survivors. A huge thank you to @thecountrylodgehotelfreetown and @bliss.sl , Salima Bah, the Monormah-Bah family& friends, @bintaakibobetts and Jesseka Davies for their contributions that went towards buying 1 bale of junks assorted clothes, 1 bale of children's clothes, 1 bale of blankets, 15 mats, 30 slippers (different sizes mostly for kids) along with toothbrushes, toothpaste, 100 bars of antibacterial soap and 400 bundles of water. A huge thank you to Medjie Kuyateh for 10 bundles of water and Mia Davies for many sanitary items. And last but not least of the Foodies Salone family, Crown Xpress, @mambapointlagoondafreetown and New Brookfields Hotel who also contributed 5 bags of rice each. As well as to all our volunteers who helped package and distribute! 🙏🏾
Foodies Salone is currently working with local businesses and restaurants to provide food and drinks to survivors and people affected by the disaster. So far Foodies Salone has partnered with several businesses including Basha and El Frida’s Restaurant, Gina’s Frozen Yogurt & Coffee, Country Lodge Complex, Bliss Restaurant, Lagoonda Complex – Mamba Point Hotel and New Brookfields Hotel. If you wish to partner with, volunteer or make a donation to Foodies Salone, please do so by contacting them on Facebook by clicking HERE.
Street Child, Sierra Leone
Street Child, started its work in Sierra Leone in 2008, working with a small number of street children. Since then its has helped over 60,000 children to go to school and enabled thousands of families to generate sustainable incomes so that their children can stay in education. During the Ebola crisis, Street Child helped over 20,000 Ebola orphans, providing emergency support and connecting thousands with families. Today, Street Child works in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nepal and Nigeria with a current emphasis on education in emergencies and girls’ education. You can donate to Street Child, Sierra Leone by clicking HERE.
Latoya Gerber is currently located in Regent, Freetown, quite close to where the landslide occurred. She is currently coordinating cooking and distribution of food and other essential to survivors and those affected by the flooding and landslide. If you own a bakery or restaurant and wish to donate food or other necessities please do so at Latoya’s Store which is located at 36 Sanders Street, Freetown. You can contact Latoya on instagram by clicking HERE.
This afternoon Mary-Ann Kaikai of Madam Wokie will be accompany Nadia Kama to distribute hygiene products, towels, blankets, food and water to women, children and other survivors of the disaster. A Go Fund Me page was setup to solicit funds to assist with the process and so far $4,248 of the $2,000 goal has been reached. To ensure transparency and accountability, a summary and receipts of donations purchased will also be provided to all donors on the Go Fund me account. If you live abroad and wish to make a donation, please click HERE.
The Red Cross
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network that reaches 150 million people in 190 National Societies through the work of over 17 million volunteers. The Red Cross acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. By improving humanitarian standards, working as partners in development, responding to disasters, supporting healthier and safer communities, the Red Cross helps reduce vulnerabilities, strengthen resilience and foster a culture of peace around the world. You can donate to the Red Cross by clicking HERE.
Furthermore, please note that the Rescue and Recovery Team are urgently in need of rain boots,thick gloves and face masks for volunteers. If you wish to donate these items please contact the Sierra Leone Red Cross at:
Sierra Leone Red Cross
6 Liverpool Street, Freetown
Tel: (232) (76) 517 519
Visit Sierra Leone have set up a page to facilitate the donation of specific items to victims of the Sierra Leone Mudslide and Flood. The page is an alternative to sending cash and will enable you to decide the best way you wish to contribute. Items will be delivered through the Office of National Security, and will continue to be added items as needs become more apparent.
To learn more about the floods please click here.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the floods and landslide in Freetown.