SIERRA LEONE – Emergency aid for flood Victims

Emergency aid for flood Victims in the Archdiocese of Freetown

“We remain thankful to God for the support from our own church” exclaimed 86 year old Baromi Kanu, after she received a package containing food and other essential items that was given to her by the Most Rev Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles. 41 families benefited from this help provided by Aid to Church in Need. They received food and school supplies at a distribution ceremony that was organized at St. Martin’s Parish. 

Monsoon rain on 16 Sep 2015 resulted in terrible flooding in the entire city of Freetown and its environs. Flood victims who received help came from the East End part of Freetown, including Blackhall Road, Cline Town and Grand Ville, as well as parishioners of St. Augustine and St. Anthony. 246 children from the families in greatest need also benefited by receiving schooling supplies and cash vouchers. 

During the distribution ceremony the Archbishop Charles said “the Church cares about its people, we are one family in Christ”.  Since the flooding in September, the Church has supported close to 2,500 families through its development arm, Caritas Freetown, reaching out to offer support to those who had suffered most.

“ We are excited that we have kind-hearted partners like Aid to Church in Need who came to our rescue to support us to meet the demands of you, our parishioners, brothers and sisters in these difficult times” said Archbishop Tamba Charles.

The emotional reaction of the beneficiaries was overwhelming, as many of them could not stop thanking the Archbishop for the support they received. It was indeed a glorious moment in their lives; their children had not attended school since the September 16th flooding.  Providing them with schooling supplies and cash support to enable them return to school was truly life-changing. Some of these children had stayed at home for over 10 months owing to the Ebola outbreak and the subsequent flooding.

However, the registered number of affected families hugely outweighed the available aid supplies. Caritas Freetown professionally carried out the registration and vulnerability assessment of those that suffered most as a result of the flood emergency to determine which families were in greatest need. 

 ACN Malta

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