George Brook, like other neighborhoods set uphill, is predisposed to suffer from a different type of natural disaster – mudslides. In fact, it’s the water and think, red mud that run down the hills that flood lower-level communities like Kroo Bay with dirty water and rubbish washed down along the city.
On the 14th of August, 2017, WYCF carried out emergency response work due to the devastating landslide followed by floods that affected several communities in Freetown. The disaster killed an estimated 1,000 people, though many of them remaing missing under the layers of mud. 3,000 others found themselves displaced when their homes and properties were buried that morning.
WYCF organized a door-to-door mobilisation and donations were distributed across the camps for displaced people and affected communities. A total of 432 affected families were supported.
On the 15th of August, 2017, WYCF worked with our partner Street Child on a larger scale response to the disaster. Support was delivered in the form of food, bedding and toiletries provisions, as well as counselling and sanitation awareness. Over 10,000 affected people were reached.