- 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
Mudslides in Sierra Leone’s capital city Freetown on Monday August 14 killed over 300 people. Cordaid’s team in Sierra Leone is coordinating with Caritas partners to provide relief aid to victims of the disasters in communities that were the most affected. Our colleague Ngozi Monica Cole reports from Freetown.
Most victims lived in informal settlements
Braima Dama James is an entrepreneur in Sierra Leone. His business, Salone Foods, sells bottled water and food to the people of Freetown. Though the economy crashed during the Ebola epidemic, he sees a bright future for entrepreneurship. “We need to get our product to the people”, he says.
The West-African Ebola outbreak of 2014 and 2015 is almost over. Fortunately, people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are able to look towards a new future. With investments in healthcare, sexual and reproductive rights and small- to medium-scale entrepreneurship, Cordaid supports Sierra Leoneans in rebuilding their country.
FEATURE - ‘Ebola is under control!’ headlines affirmed the other week. The disease has made no new victims in Sierra Leone since the outbreak started in April 2014. But the recovery process will still take a long time: not only have people died, but the economy has been severely disrupted and survivors, especially children, are left without care or protection. Mr Siapha Kamara, CEO of our partner SEND West-Africa, tells us about the struggles of rebuilding and the heroism of his staff.
by Marja Rijerse
When I was in Sierra Leone, in February 2014, I bought a small hoe (agricultural hand tool). Over the past year, I have often held it in my hands. Sierra Leone frequently featured in the news because of the Ebola outbreak. I wondered: how would the blacksmith that crafted my hoe do – had he survived the Ebola crisis? And the farmers I spoke to, had they been able to harvest their rice, or was there a shortage of food? Recently, I returned to the village where I bought my hoe.
In Sierra Leone post-harvest loses pose a serious challenge to smallholders and cause food insecurity and reduced income. This is why Cordaid and CRS promoted the Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) Bag in Kailahun district in 2015. This bag helps thousands of households, even to store surpluses for several seasons. The success is immense. Local media report how hundreds of farmer groups in northern Sierra Leone express their desire to obtain the new bags.
In Sierra Leone, Cordaid helps small entrepreneurs who have received microfinance to recover from the Ebola crisis. According to a new report, they are remarkably resilient under severe circumstances. It turns out that providing loans to small entrepreneurs is a vital tool for restoring local economies affected by disaster and conflict. Cordaid believes that the international development community should consider investing more in the microfinance sector in economies affected by crisis.