Emergency Aid:                                   Fire in Kroo Bay (2019), Mudslide (2017), Ebola (2014)


Emergency Aid after the Fire in Kroo Bay:

A fire that broke out on 4 March 2019 devastated the community in Kroo Bay on the coast of Freetown. In this area about 81000 m2 are occupied with unofficial settlements, which grow daily. The estimated population (in 2019) is 13,000 people and 2622 households, of which more than 95% live below the poverty line, far from humane living conditions. The fire was triggered by a burning antimosquito spiral that fell on a table. Since the slum has no transport connection and the water level was very low, the fire could not be extinguished. According to the Office of National Security, 1,283 people (385 households) are directly affected (70% women and children). No deaths have been reported so far, but there are six cases of minor injuries and ten cases of serious injuries. According to the victims, the construction of temporary accommodation to protect the families as an immediate measure had the highest priority. The government had provided few blankets and food. On behalf of Sierra Leone e.V. and at the mayor's request, the affected people received €10,000 as part of a joint project by Welthungerhilfe to provide mattresses, blankets, corrugated cardboard and other materials so that the families could obtain immediate protection. Following the inspection of the affected community of humanitarian organisations such as UNICEF, Oxfam, Welthungerhilfe, CRS, ICRC and Save the Children, the Office of National Security coordinated all further relief efforts.

 


Emergency Aid after the Mudslide near Freetown: In mid-August 2017, Sierra Leone experienced a severe mudslide caused by heavy rainfall that almost completely destroyed some communities near Freetown. As of 31 August, 1,616 households with 5,951 people had been reported to be affected by mudslides, floods and homelessness. According to other government sources, more than 1000 deaths have been recovered. After the unpleasant news, we immediately contacted the country's embassy in Berlin and the German Welthungerhilfe in Sierra Leone to discuss emergency relief measures. Thanks to the financial commitment of our members and supporters, we were able to react quickly and take action with the implementation of an emergency aid concept: Our project manager Joseph Cole began distributing water, food and hygiene items in three emergency camps at the beginning of September. During the first campaign, around 150 women were registered for distribution, who were able to supply their families with the goods for over a week. The action was repeated at regular intervals until there were major aid measures on the part of state actors.

 


Emergency Aid St. John's of God Catholic Hospital in Lunsar: After the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, the association Für Sierra Leone e. V. in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone and the former ambassador of Sierra Leone in Germany, H. E. Jongopie Stevens, supported the St. John's of God Catholic Hospital in Lunsar. Dr. Scheiter, the chairman of the association, personally visited this hospital as honorary consul for Sierra Leone in Bavaria in 2013 on the initiative of a Bavarian group of doctors. Since then, there has been repeated contact between him and the hospital, which is prestigious in the country itself. A total of three pallets of urgently needed medical supplies and materials were delivered in autumn 2014 - in addition to further deliveries by the above-mentioned Bavarian medical group. The materials were donated by the University Hospital of Munich, Großhadern.