September 11, 2017
The African Philanthropy Network (APN) is mobilizing support for a form of solidarity to the people of Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after hundreds of inhabitants were killed in landslides in both countries during the past week.
A press statement from APN stated that the devastating loss of life in Sierra Leone and that of DRC push them to galvanize support for those coping with the aftermath of the disaster and that as African philanthropy organisations, they need to lead the call to support both countries.
“News of the devastating loss of life in Sierra Leone and the DRC should propel us all to support those coping with the aftermath. African philanthropy organisations need to lead the call to support Sierra Leone and DRC,” said APN chairperson Dr Bhekinkosi Moyo.
More than 500 people were killed and over 600 were missing after mudslides in Freetown which buried houses at the foot of Mount sugarloaf on August 14. The country is now facing a threat of cholera and other waterborne diseases.
Similarly, about 200 people were killed in northeastern DRC after a landslide swept through a fishing village on the banks of Lake Albert in Ituri province.
“The African Philanthropy Network will be working with our colleagues in West Africa to support Sierra Leone and with partners in East and southern Africa to support the people of the DRC in any way possible,” said Dr Moyo.
Dr. Moyo added that the association consoles the people of Sierra Leone and DRC and want them to know that their thoughts were with them at that difficult period and “we want to actively encourage efforts to raise financial support among African counterparts to help deal with the crisis,”
The release added that those that wanted to give any support to the crisis areas could reach out to the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) in Accra, Ghana or the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) in Nairobi, Kenya.
“We are aware that most of the need will follow after the emergency phase and this is where we commit ourselves to finding lasting solutions,” said Dr Moyo.