Ebola emergency appeal
Appeal now closed
Thank you to everyone who donated to our Ebola appeal. Thanks to your generosity, the funding need has now been met and we are no longer taking donations.
Any donations made through this page will be placed in our emergency appeal fund for use in future emergency responses.
10-year-old Saye lost his mother to Ebola. Then he lost his sister. Today, he and his cousin Blessing are the last children in their hometown's childcare centre for Ebola orphans. All the others have been reunited with their families. But no one came for Saye.
Saye is one of thousands of children orphaned by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Many have been shunned by their relatives and have no one to care for them.
SOS Children's Villages is providing security for the most vulnerable children at this time of crisis.
You can help give these children the care they deserve.
Please donate to our Ebola appeal:
- In Sierra Leone, we are helping children orphaned by Ebola at Interim Care Centres, and providing essential support as we work to reunite them with their extended families. If there is no-one else to care for them, we place them in an SOS family, under the care of an SOS mother at the Children's Village in Makeni.
- In Liberia's capital, Monrovia, we are the only provider of 24/7 healthcare at the SOS Medical Centre. Here, we provide medical support for non-Ebola-related conditions, relieving the burden on Liberia's overwhelmed health services. Suspected Ebola cases are referred to nearby Ebola treatment centres. By March 2015, we will provide high-risk patients who have tested negative for Ebola at our new intensive care unit.
- Throughout our Children's Villages in the region, we are following stringent measures to keep children safe. We are ensuring strict personal hygiene through antiviral hand-washing techniques, alcohol hand-sanitisers and by screening those entering and leaving our Villages using thermo-flash technology. We are limiting traffic into the Villages to essential visitors only. So far, no SOS children have been infected with Ebola.
- As the crisis escalates, we will develop our response to deliver life-saving services to those most in need throughout the countries affected.
Thanks to our supporters, we have been caring for children in the affected region for four decades, protecting the most vulnerable through political turmoil, natural disaster and social upheaval.
Today, we offer a home to children with no-one else in eight SOS Children's Villages across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. As well as a loving family, we provide education, healthcare and skills training so that children can grow into healthy, successful adults.
Our locally based teams have the knowledge and experience to keep children safe at times of crisis. We are known and trusted by local people, meaning we are well-placed to respond when need is great.
Children are the most vulnerable members of any society, and Ebola has left many in desperate need of someone to look after them. We are there for every child at risk, and with the help of our supporters, we will continue to provide care throughout the Ebola crisis and long into the future.
Appeal now closed
Thanks to your generosity, we have met the funding need for this appeal and we are no longer taking donations.
Any donations made through this page will be placed in our emergency appeal fund for use in future emergency response.
Money raised in our Ebola emergency appeal will be spent to help those in countries directly affected. If we raise more money than we need, we will direct this to our relief work in other emergencies around the world.
With your support, we can continue this vital work.
You won't find many children who are as excited about going back to school as those in Liberia. Schools had been closed in the country for over six months to contain the devastating Ebola outbreak. Now that new cases of the virus have declined, many schools have reopened – much to the delight of students, and their teachers and parents.
In Sierra Leone, it is estimated that over 8,000 children have been orphaned as a direct result of the Ebola outbreak. We are happy to announce that Ebola orphans are now being welcomed into an SOS Children's Village in the country. There, they will join a loving SOS family, and receive all they need to thrive.
The World Health Organisation has announced that in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, cases of Ebola are falling. After more than 8600 deaths, this is welcome, relieving news. However, the devastating social and economic impacts caused by the Ebola outbreak continue to be felt. Here, get the latest updates and photos from the countries affected.
Across West Africa, children's futures are threatened due to the disruption and devastation caused by the Ebola outbreak. Schools are closed, health facilities overwhelmed, and children orphaned by Ebola are being shunned by their communities.
Due to the contagious nature of Ebola, it has been common for several members of the same family to contract the virus and die. With their deaths, thousands of children are being left with no-one to care for them. It is estimated that 3,700 children have lost one or both of their parents to Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
With a fatality rate of about 70% in the current West Africa outbreak, a diagnosis of Ebola is a terrifying reality to confront. Yet this also means that for the more than 3,800 victims of Ebola who have died, there are over a thousand survivors. A health worker at the SOS Medical Centre in Monrovia, Liberia, was one of these lucky statistics.