Emergency Aid Sierra Leone resources Sierra Leone Emergency Aid In August 2017, flooding and mudslides devastated the outskirts of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. An estimated 1000 people died, and many others have been left without homes and essential necessities like clean water and food. Many children have lost their parents and have been left orphaned. In June 2019, Welfare Aid International provided essential aid to 40 orphan families in Sierra Leone, including food and household items. Our long-term aim in Sierra Leone is to build a complex to permanently house the orphans who have become homeless due to the mud slides. We are in negotiation to purchase land on the outskirts of Freetown, where we plan to build 50 small homes, as well as set up a well and a school. We hope that this will bring long lasting change to the lives of these families and provide them with access to clean water, permanent homes and access to education. Your donations will definitely change lives! Total expected cost: $60,000 Acc Name: Welfare Aid InternationalBSB : 062320Acc no: 10887656Ref. SLR Background on Sierra Leone Sierra Leone is a small West African nation with a population of about 7 million. It is a Muslim-majority country. From 1991 to 2002, the Sierra Leone Civil war devastated the country and left more than 50,00 people dead and destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure. More recently, the 2017 Ebola outbreak and its complications led to over a thousand deaths, as the weak healthcare infrastructure was unable to cope with this crisis. Sierra Leone has an extremely low life expectancy compared to other countries, at 57.8 years. There is very limited supply to safe drinking water and safe sanitation facilities. Sierra Leone has the highest under-5 mortality rate in the world, with 182 out of 1000 children dying before the age of 5.