Sierra Leone – Disaster Fund
Over 5,000 people have been displaced by the deadly mudslides and floods that hit Sierra Leone on August 14th. Official figures indicate that close to 500 people were killed while about 600 others are unaccounted for. The country was forced to hold mass burials for its dead last week amid a warning.
One of Africa’s worst flooding-related disasters in years occurred when the side of Mount Sugar Loaf collapsed on Monday after heavy rain, burying parts of Regent town and overwhelming relief efforts in one of the world’s poorest countries.
Our members are responding to this overwhelming need. See how you can help:
Amen Foundation (www.amenfoundation.org)
Amen Foundation has been present on the ground in the country of Sierra Leone for many years and is immediately implementing a quick action and response to help the survivors of this disaster in and around Freetown. We are taking donations of canned foods, dry foods, nutritional supplements and foods, blankets, clothing, over-the-counter medications and vitamin supplements. Emphasis is on food and nutritional supplies. A large quantity of emergency medical supplies is already in place for shipment. Together with our sister-organization, Action Africa Inc., we plan to ship a 40-foot container of these supplies in two weeks – yes, two weeks. These supplies will be destined to assist victims and needy families in and around Freetown, Sierra Leone. We request donations to help cover container shipping costs. We call on Churches, individuals, organizations, associations, corporations, agencies, etc. to partner with us in order to accomplish this one miracle for the people of Sierra Leone. Donation Address for supplies: 2903 Mills Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20018. Donate online at www.amenfoundation.org. Donations are tax-deductible.
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (www.ncm.org)
“The situation is really terrible,” says Vidal Cole, district superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene in Sierra Leone. “As a church, we want to do whatever we can to minister to the survivors and those who are bereaved. The entire nation is mourning, and we want to share the love and compassion of Christ with our people in any way we possibly can.” There is an urgent need for food, water, and shelter. The disaster has also created a high risk for disease outbreak, including cholera and malaria. The church is responding, and they need your help.
Please pray for those facing the sudden and unexpected loss of children, spouses, and other loved ones. Pray for those who lost their homes and have nowhere to go. Pray for protection of lives, especially from cholera and other illnesses. Pray for vulnerable children and senior adults. Pray that people would know God’s comfort and peace. And pray for churches working to care for their neighbors and meet urgent needs.
Churches and individuals around the world can provide support through the Africa Disaster Relief Fund. Donations will be used for immediate needs, such as water and food, as well as long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.