A sad email waited for our organization founder today. It was an email from our contact person, working with one of the orphanages we help in Sierra Leone. For safety reasons, we need to blank out the names of our contacts, so we’ll just call him “Ibrahim”.
Here is a piece of what he wrote us, in the emails:
“Beloved sister Tina, the out break of cholera has loom the home and these children
needs urgent medical attention and we need you urgently to help us
with your support to save the lives of these children. Please consider
a way to help these dying souls. They are laying down helplessly.
The situation is really confusing. They are 47 in number.
The smallest is 1 years old and the biggest are 5 years old. The
situation is confusing and i just dont know what to do. We need food, clean water, support to take care of medical bills. The condition is really terrible. The children are vomiting and are extremly dehydrated.
I feel terrible, and I´m sorry for asking you. But I dont know what do to.
Please pray for these children, we need help so much. The youngest is a girl by the name Lara, she has no birth date but we believe she is about 1 years old. She used to be playing but now she lay helplessly and vomiting. She has wrinkle skin and we need help. I´m desperate, I´m sorry for putting this on you.”
We had to read this several times, and we did not know what to do, or think. … What on earth do you say to something like that? This is a concact we’ve had for a while, and he is fully aware that our organization doen’t have the resources to help with money. But who else can they turn to for help? There is no help to be found in Sierra Leone, and often only the rich people get help. They get no support from the state, they live off of what the locals can contribute with.
Cholera is an infection of the small intestine , wich in short time gives watery diarrhea. If this goes untreated, the loss of body fluid can turn into death within 24 hours of the outbreak. The treatment can be so easy as clean water.
This orphanage had support earlier, also from other organizations, but that suddenly came to an end. What can you do, when the support ends? In Sierra Leone it’s a very high number of street kids. VSH ( our organization) managed to get a hold of ” Ibrahim” and his kids after the support from other organizations stopped. VSH sends them clothes, shoes, pillows , duvets, things for school, toys and other things.
Our founder debated a long time over what she was going to answer “Ibrahim”. But she knew , and we all knew, with certainty that we couldn’t just drop this. We couldn’t answer him that we couldn’t help him, or the children. Here we are, safe in Norway, just ate our dinner, played with our kids, full stomach and healthy bodies. It HAS to be something we can do?
We have the best team, and it wasn’t long until we made a decision. We set up donate account, where people could donate, even the smallest amounts helps, we had to take control, we had to do something.
And that is how VSH first donate account came to be.
If you feel like you want to help these children in sierra leone, you can donate some money to this account: 4266.15.37196. We are also on facebook, if you want to read more before you get involved. Here is the link. https://www.facebook.com/varmesmahjerter