One of the “most at risk” countries according to the 2016 UN risk model, Sierra Leone has experienced a multitude of disasters. In 2014, the country was hit by a deadly outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease that claimed about 4,810 lives and adversely affected the economy. This was compounded by the August 2017 twin disasters of mudslide and flooding that took over 1,000 lives and left thousands more homeless. We established an emergency preparedness and response programme in 2016 to strengthen our organisational capacity on emergency response to build safer and more resilient communities.
In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, BRAC International and BRAC Sierra Leone are implementing a model for developing local emergency preparedness and response capacities. To strengthen humanitarian localization through a participatory, community-based, and inclusive approach, our project will work with two schools, two communities and two local governments in Freetown and Port Loko District, directly building the capacity of 40 local government officials, 100 community volunteers, 200 students, 20 teachers and education department officials, and 50 BRAC Sierra Leone staff.
In response to the August 2017 Mudslide in Freetown that killed over 1,000 people, we contributed cash, food and non-food items to the President’s Emergency Relief Fund, reaching approximately 6,000 people.