Aid Flood Victims in Sierra Leone

$8,103 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 86 people in 6 months
Created August 15, 2017
The Unforgotten is asking for your help to provide emergency assistance to the women and children in Kingtom and Kissy. Our beneficiaries have lost all of their possessions and need your help to rebuild their lives. We hope to raise $10,000 to provide basic needs to 300 women and children. The Unforgotten is a 501(c)3 organization, therefore, your donation is tax-deductible. We are a 0% overhead charity which, ensures 100% of your donation goes toward our beneficiaries affected by the devastating flood.

On 14 August, 2017 unprecedented rainfall in Freetown, Sierra Leone brought about a devastating landslide burying everything in its path. Hundreds of people are reported dead and many more are still missing.

As you can imagine the domino effect, most of Freetown is flooded. Over 3,000 people were affected by the flood water.

Our Kissy and Kingtom Bridge schools were damaged. Also, most of the women and children in our programs were affected by the flood.  Their homes were completely inundated with flood water and their possessions saturated with mud. Thankfully none of the women and children in the communities lost their lives.

Your donation will go towards providing food, safe drinking water, clothing, materials to secure their homes, hygiene kits, and water and hygiene sanitation (WASH) training to prevent waterbourne illnesses.

Flood water in Kissy Dockyard community 

Isatu, our beneficiary in the Aid Trash Dump program, gives her account on how the flood affected her family on 14 Aug 2017 in Kissy.

Abbibatu, our beneficiary in the Wi Yone Moni project gives her account on the flood in Kissy. The exterior wall to her home is completely damaged.

Most of our staff were affected by the flood. They were awakened to water rushing into their homes in the middle of the night. There was no time to protect their valuables.  Yet, they are on the front lines, assessing the damage and providing aid. 

Isatu, our beneficiary in the Aid Trash Dump Children program and  her mother Fatmata who is a beneficiary of the Wi Yone Moni project home was complete damaged by the flood water. 

Kadiatu, our beneficiary in the Aid Trash Dump Children program and her grandmother Zainab who is a beneficiary of the Wi Yone Moni project are homeless due to the flood.

The recovery and rebuilding effort will take some time. Our mothers and children are very vulnerable to many dangers such as disease, lack of adequate shelter, food insecurity, clothes, clean drinking water, and other basics needs. August and September is the height of the rainy season, and we expect more storms to come within the coming weeks.

We will do everything possible to protect our girls and mothers, and help them rebuild their lives. We need you help!

The Unforgotten has been endeavoring for social economic development for single women and the education of their daughters in the dumpsite communities of Kissy Dockyard (Kissy Bomeh) and Kolleh Town (Kingtom Bomeh) in the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone since 2013.

Donations to the Unforgotten are tax deductible. We are classified by the IRS as a tax exempt public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax ID#87-0803021

To learn more about our organization, please visit The Unforgotten
website: http://unforgotten.org
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Thank you for your support!
-The Unforgotten

Why did I start this campaign?

My name is Aminata Alharazim. I am the Sierra Leone Country Director for the Unforgotten Fund in Sierra Leone. We are a zero overhead charity. Meaning, I do not collect a salary or any compensation for the work that I do on behalf of the charity. I am a volunteer, and I do this work because I truly believe that education and development of women and children will bring about improved quality of life, increase life expectancy, empowerment and liberation from generational poverty.

I was born and raised in the United States, and both of my parents are from Sierra Leone. For years my family would vacation to Sierra Leone to spend time with family and friends. Overtime, my sister and I became aware of the disparity of wealth and the vulnerability of women and children. To make a difference in a girl’s life, my sister and I started the Unforgotten Fund Sierra Leone to provide education and women’s empowerment programs to women and children who live and work in the dumpsites/landfills in Kissy - Kissy Dockyard and Kingtom - Kolleh Town, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The Unforgotten Fund Sierra Leone has a big field presence in these communities. We have field staffs that have been working with the women and girls in our program since 2013. We work very closely with the community leaders and stakeholders in these communities. Many of our beneficiaries in our Aid Trash Dump Children and Wi Yone Moni programs were affected by the 14 August 2017 flood. We are responding to the relief effort to rebuild their lives.

We are performing needs assessments to accurately determine the needs for each beneficiary in our program. The funds collected from this campaign will be used to provide emergency assistance, aid, and relief to the women and girls affected by our floods in our Aid Trash Dump Children and Wi Yone Moni programs. The funds will be deposited into the charity bank account in the US, and we will purchase items or services that are needed for distribution to the beneficiaries. We have field staff on the ground that performs the operations for the organization. We are audited every year to ensure that funds are used appropriately and programs are running as planned.

Click here for more informatin about our programs in Sierra Leone  http://unforgotten.org/sierra-leone/
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These heartbreaking images show the desperation of people scavenging through mounds of trash in one of Sierra Leone’s dumpsites, Kissy Bomeh in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The worst of all, children are also engaging in such activities. This is no place for a child.

Since the devastating mudslide that occurred on August 14, 2017, the struggle for survival is on the increase. People are homeless and hungry; they are searching for expired foods in the dumpsites and unearthing years of garbage, just to find stones to sell. People have lost their lives in this activity. Just last week, an Unforgotten beneficiary lost an immediate family member, in this activity.

I am positive that with your help we will have a greater impact to reduce suffering. Please take part in our very worthy campaign of action and awareness by using and sharing the donation link -- https://www.gofundme.com/AidFloodVictimsinSierraLeone in your social media channels and encourage people in your network to donate.
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Excavate years of trash to find stones
Children excavating trash
Children working in unsafe dumpsite
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I want to take this moment to reflect on how thankful I am to have friends, family, volunteers, support and generous donors from the US to Canada who supported my cause. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Your generosity shows that our mission and vision resonates beyond the countries we serve, and that everyone woman and child deserve to live in a safe and healthy environment.

In this giving season, I ask that you continue to share our campaign for #GivingTuesday and consider donations to the Unforgotten.

Your gift will
• Continue the recovery effort after the August 14 2017 mudslide
• Ensure girls are educated
• Empower women to hold leadership positions in their communities
• Financial security through Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA)

I also want to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers from the University of Sierra Leone – Fourah Bay College and the Kingtom and Kissy communities who spent two weeks performing community assessment for public health emergency response for our beneficiaries. This survey enables us to properly direct funds to the most critical needs of those affected by the mudslide. Recovery efforts are still in full swing, and will take years for the women to find normalcy, but with your continued support we can help the women start-up their businesses again so they are self-reliant, educate, and so much more.

This #GivingTuesday, will you make a special gift in support of our vulnerable women and children that live in urban dumpsites in developing countries to become empowered, educated, self-assured and independent.

Aminata Alharazim
Unforgotten Volunteers
Unforgotten Volunteer distributing water
Volunteers conducting survey
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Disaster Recovery is On-going

The Unforgotten actively responded to the August 14, 2017 disaster. We have mobilized teams of volunteers, and worked with nonprofits to identify the needs of our beneficiaries and deliver critical items such as water and hygiene products to our beneficiaries. The needs in the communities continue to evolve as we transition from relief to recovery efforts.

Our beneficiaries are trying to recover from the disaster. Many of our beneficiaries lost their businesses in the disaster and were unable to pay for their daughter’s school fees. With your assistance, we sent 42 girls to school.

Mariatu’s Story:
Mariatu’s family was displaced after the flood, and was living at the temporary shelter at National Stadium. Her health and safety was at risk. We were able to facilitate her relocation to the outskirts of Freetown to live with her mother’s sister, and found a nearby school where she could continue her education.

The women in our Women’s Self-Help groups are starting to collect the resources to bring their businesses back to where it was before the flood. However, the resources are far from their reach. We are providing the needed resources and assistance such as, access to saving account at a Microfinance institution to deposit their money and financial education.

Zainab’s Story:
Zainab’s made and sold soap to people in the community. The flood waters destroyed all of her product and left her homeless. She was living in temporary housing with her four children and was struggling to eat. With your donations were able to find her a new place to live, and send her youngest daughter to primary school. We hope to continue the recovery effort by helping her to rebuild her business.

The recovery efforts are on-going, every donation helps the women become self-sufficient and less dependent on aid. We envision these women bouncing back strong despite the tragedy they have encountered from the flood. We will make sure to Keep them on Track!
Women collecting water for family
Mariatu with her Anty
Zainab and family at new location
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Aid Flood Victims in Sierra Leone has reached 64% of its goal. Thanks to Safie And Brazil, Vandana and Blake and all the donors!

We are almost at the goal line, but we still need your help to continue this relief effort. Several of our beneficiaries are still homeless, and living in temporary housing or tent communities. In addition, the Kissy bridge school sustained a lot of water damage. We are seeking funds to make the necessary repairs for extensive cleaning and restoration, and necessary repairs to bring more girls into the program .
A little bit goes a long way. Continue to share and tell your friends and family to support the Unforgotten.
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Created August 15, 2017
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