Support amputees in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone
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This is a fundraiser to assist over 350 amputees and their communities in Sierra Leone, who have not (yet) contracted Ebola, but are trying to survive in an economy where foodstuffs, hygiene products, and general supplies are becoming increasingly sparse More ...

While international governements and the World Health Organisation are focussed on containing the Ebola outbreak - there is NOW a massive humanitarian crisis as well.  With borders closed down, all flights cancelled and businesses closing down - there are shortages of food and clean water and panic and distress especially in the provinces. 

After Sierra Leone’s violent civil war in the 1990’s the country was left with thousands of amputees. The photograph above was one that I took volunteering in Sierra Leone in 2003 when the charity supported just a handful of amputees in Freetown.  The organisation then went on to offering support and rehabiliation to amputees across Sierra Leone.  

Matthew Banks continued to work with the SLASA and support the organisers Pastor Mumbud Samai and Albert Mustapha while he was in Sierra Leone until 2006 and we can both vouch for how tirelessly and relentlessly they work for this cause.

The Single Leg Amputee Sports Club (SLASC) in Sierra Leone has been inspiring people with their football activities for over 10 years.  They are a small charity on the ground and they work quick and with no head office or in fact any offices the money raised goes to the people that need it.   Details of the their proposal for the funding are below.

What to do??

SLASC Management has developed a plan and a budget to get support to their members and the communities they live in.

Step 1: Support the 350 amputee members of SLASC with essential food provision and hygiene protection ($11,000)   (we summarised below - as lots of things being purchased and if anyone wants the full proposal I can email it) 

  • Provision of 50 bags of rice to members across 5 locations available to registered members
  • Provision of buckets with tubes, chlorine tablets, plastic gloves and cleaning materials.  This will help them maintain hygiene levels that will protect them and their families.

 

Step 2:  Educate communities on the TRUTH of Ebola – give people correct information on what to do and what to look for ($3,300)

  • SLASC will coordinate its members across the country to run education awareness sessions in their communities – 350 members can access thousands of people.
  • They will put up posters, distribute leaflets and tell people places to go if they have a problem
  • They will hold radio programmes, discussions, jingles to be broadcast in the 5 target areas.

Step 3: Coordinate and engage with health agencies on the ground ($2,700)          

  • This will inform health agencies about what they are doing, where they are operating and what they are seeing in those areas to contribute valuable information to the overall effort.

The total budget is approximately $15,000.  Remarkably, they have already secured $5,000 from their supporters in-country. Our challenge is to secure the rest!

SLASC is a registered charity in Sierra Leone - . Their links to the UK are well established and the people in the UK supporting them are committed to ensuring transparency of funds and have good experience of projects with SLASC in the past.

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