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Sierra Leone

  • Children who survived the mudslide wait at a shelter in Freetown.

    Sierra Leone mudslide: our response in photos

    Posted in Blog 3 years 4 months ago

    It is now just over a week since a devastating mudslide swept through some of the poorest communities in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Over 500 people have been confirmed to have died, while over 3,000 people remain missing. Those who have survived have lost everything, and are in a deep state of trauma. Our local staff in Freetown were able to respond within hours of the mudslide, helping in the immediate relief efforts. By last Friday, they had reached 260 families with emergency supplies of food, water and shelter. These images from the team show the impact of the mudslide, and what they are doing to help the most vulnerable.   Read more

  • Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa 2014-16

    Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa 2014-16

    Posted 3 years 9 months ago

    Learn about the Ebola virus, how ActionAid responded to the Ebola virus crisis in West Africa 2014-16, and how we helped during the 2019 Ebola outbreak in DRC. Read more

  • Steven gets a rapturous welcome from the children in Lal Gberay village in Sierra Leone, where he's helped to fund a school

    Footballer Steven Caulker’s Sierra Leone diary

    Posted in Blog 4 years 6 months ago

    You might know Steven Caulker as a talented Premier League footballer who plays for Queen's Park Rangers, as well as for his appearance in the England national team. But he's also just returned from an emotional trip with ActionAid to Sierra Leone, his grandfather’s homeland. It's always been Steven's dream to go and visit this west African country. Here Steven shares his experiences about the people he met in Sierra Leone: from the Ebola survivor who lost eight members of her family to the disease, to the children who are hungry for an education at the primary school Steven helped to fund, and the fearless women who are working hard to provide a better future for themselves and the next generation. Read more

  • 15-year-old Alpha in Sierra Leone proudly holds his certificate proving that he is Ebola-free

    Ebola outbreak is over.. now recovery must begin

    Posted in Blog 5 years 5 days ago

    As the Ebola outbreak is officially declared over​, Mike – who led our team heading up ActionAid's emergency repsonse in Sierra Leone and Liberia –​ reflects on the devastating effects that the disease has had across West Africa and calls on the international community to invest in recovery and to help rebuild shattered lives. Read more

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    Sierra Leone

    Posted 5 years 1 month ago

    ActionAid has worked in Sierra Leone since 1988. We helped rebuild lives after the civil war, responded to the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014-15 and we're providing emergency aid after mudslides in August 2017. Read more

  • Hawa has been working tirelessly within her community to encourage handwashing and stop the spread of Ebola

    How handwashing helped bring Ebola under control

    Posted in Blog 5 years 3 months ago

    Washing your hands might seem like a very simple and unremarkable thing to do. But this small act can help save lives. On Global Handwashing Day, we look at how spreading awareness of the importance of handwashing, and providing soap and buckets needed to do it, has helped to bring the Ebola crisis under control in Sierra Leone.  Read more