The recent global outbreak of COVID-19 is already showing devasting impacts across the world. After the Ebola outbreak devasted the country just a few years back, Sierra Leoneans are in panic after the first case of COVID-19 has been recorded in Sierra Leone.
Sam from Sierra Leone works for The Treetop Foundation. He has given us an insight into the impacts COVID-19 is already having. ‘In a nutshell, we are advocating for wash materials and masks for the people of Tombodu. It is terrifying here as the country is going through serious financial constraints, prices of commodities are at such a high rate. I am afraid that if people here do not die of the virus, they will die of starvation. No one can afford food since the prices have gone up. I am petrified for my country’.
So far, The Treetop Foundation has provided the village with buckets and handwash. Sam and Lawrence, who work for the Treetop Foundation, have been making posters and distributing them in town to educate locals on how to prevent the spread of the virus. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, The Treetop Foundation has also provided 5 tons of rice to feed the villagers; this is one week’s food supply for the whole village. We are urgently requesting donations to help continue to feed the villagers to prevent deaths from starvation in Tombodu.