- Sierra Leone: Mudslides - Aug 2017
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2015
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Sierra Leone: Wild Fires - Jan 2013
- Sierra Leone/Guinea: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2012
- West/Central Africa: Floods - Jun 2010
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2007
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2007
It has been more than half a year since Mount Sugarloaf collapsed in Regent, Sierra Leone, killing at least one thousand people and leaving thousands homeless and in tears. The world mourned with Sierra Leone as the people of that nation suffered yet another calamity after experiencing war, Ebola, and ongoing poverty. Like many other humanitarian organizations, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation with its partners, Healey International Relief Foundation, Caritas Freetown and Lanyi Foundation responded with needed emergency relief, including food support, blankets and psychosocial support.
In solidarity with the people of Sierra Leone, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers and staff from Taiwan, United States, France, and Spain arrived in Sierra Leone on September 16, 2017. The visiting team is in Sierra Leone to boost its ongoing hot meal program for flood survivors, assess long-term needs and submit report to Dharma Master Cheng Yen and Tzu Chi Taiwan to develop sustainable relief support for survivors. The Tzu Chi volunteers are very excited to be in Sierra Leone and happy to provide support to those in need.
The Buddhist Tzu Chi Compassion Relief Foundation, which has been active in providing humanitarian support to vulnerable Sierra Leoneans since the outbreak of the 2014 Ebola virus in West Africa, responded with compassionate care to survivors of the August 14 deadly flooding and landslide that left hundreds of people dead and missing.
On August 14, 2017, the capital city of Sierra Leone, Freetown, suffered a flooding and mudslide, causing a part of Mount Sugarloaf, a mountain in the suburban district of Regent to collapse. The disaster is considered to have affected the Regent district most, with another twelve settlements in the two districts of Western Area Rural and Western Area Urban.
The West African Ebola outbreak that took the World by surprise may have been over, going on two years now, but those the virus infected and survived are still struggling with many health and socio-economic challenges. The disease may no longer be present in the region, but affected persons and communities are yet to get over the nightmare and move on with life. The World may no longer view Ebola as imminent threat to life, but those who lost their loved ones are still mourning and psychologically traumatized in the aftermath.
In partnership with Apostle Dora Dumbuya, founder and senior pastor of Jesus is Lord Ministries (JILM), Tzu Chi Foundation USA contributed 6,000 KG of rice, gallons of cooking oil, cartons of tomato pastes, bags of onions, and other cooking ingredients to feed over 2,500 poor families in Sierra Leone. JILM’s Feed the Poor Program has been giving hope to vulnerable people on Christmas Day for 16 years now, through the support of its congregation.
The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation USA returned to Sierra Leone in December 2015 for the third time in the same year. The purpose of the trip was to continue its support to Sierra Leone health facilities, both government hospitals and faith-based hospitals and clinics that are heavily utilized by vulnerable Sierra Leoneans. It can be recalled that Tzu Chi USA went to Sierra Leone in March, July and August of 2015 to provide disaster relief to empower health facilities in the fight against Ebola and give needed compassionate relief to Ebola affected persons, particularly orphans and survivors.
As a follow up to its commitment to boost the Sierra Leone healthcare system, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation USA on October 28, 2015 packed a container with 342,000 latex examination gloves; 24,000 face masks; 7,140 containers of brown rice protein (17.9 ounces per container); 900 eco-blankets; and women clothes. Many volunteers around Southern California showed up in Arcadia and participated in another historic moment, joining hands to pack compassionate relief support for Sierra Leone health facilities and people.
When the West Africa Monsoon Rain poured in Sierra Leone on September 16, 2015, it left many people dead, thousands displaced, and hundreds of properties destroyed in the capital city and surrounding areas within hours, adding more pain and sorrow to the already Ebola-stricken nation. The thousands of Sierra Leoneans who lost lives, properties, and dignity on that somber day were some of the most vulnerable persons in that country.
It can be recalled that in March 2015, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, contributed significantly towards the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. During its second visit to Sierra Leone from July 13 to August 9, Tzu Chi Foundation learned that its multi-functional portable beds and blankets served well the needs of health facilities and Ebola orphans. And the foundation’s Jing-Si instant rice arrived just in time to alleviate hunger, especially from Ebola orphans and some poor amputees.
In the first round of relief distribution to Sierra Leone in the wake of the Ebola epidemic, which as in 2015 subsided, though 0 cases has still yet to be achieved, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, in collabora-tion with two other humanitarian organizations, the Healey International Relief Foundation (HIRF) and Caritas Freetown, set out to help provide relief goods and food supplies, distributing a total of 1,512 Tzu Chi multi-purpose portable beds, 3000 bowls with covers and spoons, and 15,740 kilograms of Tzu Chi’s “Jing-Si” rice and 2720 of Tzu Chi’s eco-blankets, all of items which, …
Source: Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Date: 9 March, 2015 To send support and care during the Ebola outbreak, Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation in Taiwan begins relief operations. Even though Taiwan is 13,000 kilometers from Sierra Leone, on March 3, Tzu Chi signs an MOU with Healey International Relief Foundation in Tzu Chi’s Jing Si Hall in Hualien, Taiwan. By signing an MOU, Tzu Chi hopes to begin assisting areas affected by the Ebola outbreak and in desperate need. This international collaboration will deliver multifunction folding beds,