Five year old, Sulmatu comes from a small village called Songo, which is located along the Freetown Masiaka Highway. Her father died when she was just ten months old in a roadside accident. Her mother had been caring for her family alone since his death.
Sadly, in 2015, after traveling to Makeni for food and other supplies she contracted the Ebola Virus and died at the Treatment Center in Waterloo. Sulmatu was left with her aunty, but she was unable to properly provide for her.
Sulmatu is now at the Newton Interim Care Center attending the Better Way Primary School in Nursery III.
The needs for this young population are vast. Education, housing, psychosocial support and food are the primary focus, but the children also need to remember what it’s like to be a kid and have fun. HealeyIRF has sent shipments of supplies, many donated by our supporters that included games, toys, clothing, books, and sports equipment.
We are currently raising funds to continue to provide food, clothing, toiletries and medical treatment as well as psychosocial support to these vulnerable children. If you would like to support our efforts click here to see how.