BENEFITING: Street Child Us
Sierra Leone, a small and beautiful country in West Africa, remains one of the poorest nations on Earth, ranking 181st out of 188 ranked countries in 2015 UNDP Human Development Index. Recently, Sierra Leone was at the center of the Ebola epidemic, an unprecendented medical disaster, which brought the country to a near standstill. This followed a devastating civil war and years of struggle to repair Sierra Leone's civil, educational and medical facilities.
The Ebola emergency is now over, but the humanitarian crisis remains.
I will be living and working in Sierra Leone for three months this spring, with Street Child, a UK charity, with international chapters in the US and EU, that aims to 'create educational opportunity for some of the world's most vulnerable children.'
Street Child was able to leverage their longstanding presence in Sierra Leone to great effect during the Ebola crisis, using their local teaching staff to provide one on one training in rural areas on how to avoid contracting the disease. At the same time Street Child remained firmly committed to assisting Ebola orphans, insisting that they stay on the humanitarian agenda.
In addition to their role in the post Ebola humanitarian crisis, Street Child remains focused on creating educational opportunities in Sierra Leone, and also Liberia and Nepal.
100% of the money raised through this fundraiser will go directly to Street Child in support of their projects. Much more information on everything they do can be found on their website: http://www.street-child.co.uk/what-we-do/ or via their US chapter, based in Berkeley: http://www.street-child.us/
As for me, I will be working with Street Child Commericial, their in-country fundraising arm, which aims to provide a sustainable source of funding from within Sierra Leone while also creating employment opportunities and raising awareness of the larger Street Child project portfolio. More specifically I will be seeking the information and data necessary to better understand how social enterprise profits are benefitting the educational work done by Street Child.
I chose to work with Street Child because I believe in their larger mission, but also, and more importantly, because they have proven to be an adaptible and forward thinking organization. The work they do in Sierra Leone is centered on the idea of increasing the capacity and resilience of the communities they work within. Rather than only alleviating the impacts of poverty, civil war and the Ebola crisis, Street Child is committed to empowering the citizens of Sierra Leone to be able to adequately respond to current realities and future adversity.
I am terrifically excited and grateful for the opportunity to work in Sierra Leone and I plan on documenting my experiences via social media and on a website that I still need to put together.
I appreciate your assistance in raising money for Street Child, and I know that together we can make a difference for the most vulnerable.