Thanks to the support of our donors, including a very generous gift from the congregation of Floris UMC, the CRC was able to provide emergency food supplies to families that have been made even more vulnerable by the COVID pandemic. "Most parents have lost their source of income to support their homes," CRC Director Olivia Fonnie said. The CRC provided hundreds of needy families with rice, cooking oil, onions, and Maggi seasoning cubes, the staple foods for most lower income Sierra Leone families.
In addition to helping families in Bo, the CRC case managers brought supplies to families in Fengehun, Manguama, Yamandu, Mattru on the Rail, and Sami villages.
The majority of Sierra Leonean households spend most of their income on food, and the COVID containment measures have created real hardship for the vulnerable families served by the CRC. Even before COVID-19, experts projected that more than a million Sierra Leoneans would face severe acute food insecurity this year (Source: reliefweb.int.) The One Campaign estimates that 12,000 people per day across the globe could die from hunger linked to the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 by the end of this year. You can support our COVID response by donating here.
Emmanuel Moriba (7 months) was identified on the Mattru on the Rail outreach. He was acutely malnourished and had a fever and coughing for three days. He was given medicine and enrolled into the nutrition program. After two months in the program, he was discharged this month.
His mother, Kadijatu, says, “I was really worried with my child’s condition. I heard that the Mercy Hospital Outreach team will visit our village and I brought him to see them. Thank God, he will well now. They are really caring."
One year old Moserray was recently brought to Mercy Hospital recently by his extremely concerned mother and father. The Mercy staff quickly observed that Moserray was extremely malnourished and admitted for evaluation and treatment. In addition to malnutrition, Moserray was diagnosed with malaria. He had a high fever and difficulty breathing.
The staff treated Moserray for malaria and referred him to the Government Hospital, where he will receive more intensive care for the malnutrition than Mercy can provide. The government hospital often runs out of critical medicines, so Mercy will ensure the family has everything their child needs to heal.
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