Supporting Orphans of Ebola

The second charity we chose to support in 2015 was Street Child, in particular their work in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Back in November 2014 Chloe Brett, Programme Director of Street child Liberia, first reported the plight of the hundreds of orphaned children who had lost their parents to Ebola. At that time, there were no major charities helping these children, most of who had been left to fend for themselves while officials spent valuable time on “red tape” and form filling. Months have passed since those first reports yet recent updates reveal that Ebola orphans are still in desperate need of immediate food support and sustainable livelihood support over the longer term. As schools reopen in Liberia and Sierra Leone, ensuring that the orphans have the chance to return to school becomes another vital concern. Street Child is doing everything it can but there are not enough major international organisations involved in these issues.

Ebola may have faded from the news but there is still an urgent need to provide support for these children. We decided to raise funds for Street Child’s Girls Speak Out Appeal.  We held two events in December 2015.  Firstly we held two sessions where members were able to enjoy seasonal refreshments whilst having a demonstration of how to make Christmas Garlands.  Later in the month we spent two days bag packing at a local supermarket.  Please see Our Latest Fundraiser  Altogether we raised £725 for Street Child and, amazingly, by the time we sent in our cheque Street Child were able to take advantage of a Government scheme to match this funding – our donation therefore amounted to £1,450.00.  Street Child tell us that this is the equivalent of sending 73 girls to school for a year!

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Selection of this cause reflects Soroptimist International’s extremely successful Project SIerra, a Quadrennial Project between 2007 and 2011.