CBM is providing emergency supplies and support to people with disabilities and their families in communities hardest hit by the devastating floods and mudslides in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Mudslides and flooding in August 2017 have left at least 500 people dead, 600 missing and 3,000 homeless. The disaster unfolded during the night, leaving people with little or no warning as floodwaters and mud swept into the streets.
When disaster strikes, people with disabilities are among the most vulnerable.
Working with two long-term local partners, CBM quickly launched a six-month emergency response to help people with disabilities and their families in the hardest-hit communities by:
- Distributing emergency supplies, including food, tarpaulins, hygiene kits, blankets, mosquito tents and school materials to 450 most affected households.
- Providing psychological support to survivors who have lost loved ones or suffered trauma, and frontline responders who spent days evacuating people.
- Preventing the spread of infectious diseases like cholera, by raising awareness of how people can protect themselves and prevent the spread of infection.