As the death toll from the Ebola outbreak nears 5,000, the charity Street Child has written a guest blog to explain how they are helping and how you can join in.
“The 10 children in the above picture have lost four members of their family to Ebola; their father, mother, great aunt and grandmother. Six other members of their family are in critical condition at a MSF Ebola Treatment unit in Monrovia, Liberia. The children are facing stigmatisation from their neighbours and the wider community, as they begin their fourth period of quarantine. They are not permitted to leave their house to get water, food or coal for the fire. Nobody will associate with them. They are completely alone.
Unfortunately, this is an all too common story for thousands of children in desperate need of humanitarian aid. It is estimated that 3,700 children have lost a parent to Ebola across West Africa and face being shunned by their own families and communities.
Through Street Child, these same children are now being provided with food, water and vital medical supplies to ensure their safety during quarantine. This response for quarantined families and orphaned children in particular is being replicated all over Sierra Leone and Liberia. In addition, Street Child are creating sanitation stations and Ebola awareness initiatives to limit the spread of the virus.
To multiply their efforts, Street Child is hosting the Big Sleep Out challenge event in support of its Ebola Crisis Appeal and invites you to join them in raising funds to increase the support for thousands of children in desperate need of our help. While benefiting a hugely important cause, this is an opportunity to enjoy the tastes and sounds of West Africa, and seek sponsorship for your challenge of sleeping on the streets to help ensure that thousands of children in the world’s poorest countries don’t have to.”
To donate to Street Child’s Ebola appeal, visit their Virgin Money Giving campaign.
For more information about how to get involved with the Big Sleep Out challenge event, you can contact Kris on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 614 7696. For more information about the Ebola outbreak and street Child’s response, please visit the Street Child’s website.