48 Hours After the Flood
Who we are:
Compassion For Peace And Child Survival Sierra Leone (CPCSSL) is a global 501 (c) (3) tax deductible nonprofit organization Founded in Sierra Leone, West Africa. We serve to advocate, educate, and rehabilitate those who are less fortunate. Our mission is to provide children the right to an education, empower women through socio-economic opportunities, as well as advocate for those affected by war and natural disasters.Through our global partnerships with donors, educators, and volunteers, CPCSSL seeks to bring hope and a future to those who need it most. Following the devastating 11 years civil war in Sierra Leone West Africa (1991-2002), Compassion for Peace and Child Survival Sierra Leone, (CPCSSL) came into existence in 2005. CPCSSL was born in Fourah Bay College by three sociology students. CPCSSL's primary objective was to attend to the holistic care of the people living in post war Sierra Leone. In the wake of the recent crisis regarding the mass flooding in the capital of Freetown, CPCSSL is becoming a beacon of hope for the Sierra Leone Community worldwide, ensuring that the aid needed is distributed fairly and amongst victims. CPCSSL is a trusted source for both Sierra Leoneans and non-Sierra Leoneans because of our long history of service during every major disaster. CPCSSL offers 100% transparency and has field workers in the affected areas, monitoring and administering aid desperately needed.
The Urgency of the Situation:
We are still in the critical stages of this disaster, so we do not have the official count of lives lost and money needed to help the vulnerable. According to “International Federation of Red Cross reports that 312 have been killed and more than 1,000 affected. Disaster officials in Sierra Leone have estimated 2,000 people have been left homeless.” With at least 300 dead and hundreds displayed and or missing, the country is in complete ruins. Mortuaries are overflowing with dead bodies, while streets and neighborhoods are littered with dismembered body parts. This is the second consecutive flooding in Sierra Leone but by far it is the worst. This flood has the potential to become the breeding ground of disease, because of the sitting water and rotting of human remains. Some may even say it’s more deadly and devastating than the 11-year civil war and the outbreak of Ebola. For a country as fragile as Sierra Leone it seems as though, its citizens are constantly made victims of one disaster to another. But if the global community, Sierra Leoneans, and non-Sierra Leoneans can come together to send help in the form of medical supplies, school supplies, and sanitary supplies, we can begin on the road of relief, recovery, and reform.
What We’ve Been Able To Accomplish:
In the last 48 hours we have been able to raise awareness, create international partnerships, directing people both internationally and nationally on how to donate and raise funds under our name for these victims, not to mention collecting donation on our social media platforms, and creating search and rescue teams for missing loved ones from those living abroad. We’ve also sent CPCSSL volunteers to affected areas to run a detailed analysis of the impact of the flood. We have also partnered up with other local nonprofits in Sierra Leone to plan out our plan of action for the upcoming days, concerning how to meet the mental, physical, emotional, and medical need of those affected. So far 78 people have donated, 66 of them to our website page which s for immediate relief which has generated over $2,100 while our Facebook page @cpcssl has generated $730 from 12 donors, that’s over $2830. Although this is a good start, a disaster of this magnitude requires money 100 times what we’ve been able to collect in the last 42 hours. That is approximate $283,000, and that is precisely why I am kindly requesting your generosity