Kidsave Helping Ebola Affected Orphans in Sierra Leone

Kidsave works in Sierra Leone to help children affected by Ebola who have lost their parents find families. The number of children without parents skyrocketed during the Ebola Crisis. Now Kidsave is working to help those children find families. While Ebola has slipped from the headlines, the needs of these Ebola orphans and the need to find them homes remain urgent !


With thousands registered Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone, the need for recovery efforts focusing on helping these children is greater than ever.Please help.

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children whose families were destroyed by Ebola in Sierra Leone.

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Programs and Services Working in Sierra Leone

Reunification and Family Visit Model
Kidsave is committed to help the children of Sierra Leone by rebuilding family connections and providing orphaned children with the opportunity to grow up in permanent families. We are hopeful this program will be the inspiration for moving more children into permanent family care throughout Africa. Since Kidsave began its programs in Sierra Leone in 2010, 265 forgotten children have been placed in homes. Most of the children were reunited with their biological family members. When reunification wasn’t possible, families were recruited through Family Visit Model or also referred as hosting, and children were placed with permanent families in their villages and communities.

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Photo: A child reunified with his aunt

Sierra Leone Family Visit

While Kidsave’s programs in Sierra Leone are primarily designed to help orphaned children reunify with their biological family members or with host families, Kidsave is also planning to launch a program where working moms who have reunified with children, would receive a business loan. The loan would help their businesses grow so they can better care for their families. 

As is the case in much of the developing world, women in Sierra Leone are the primary caregivers for children but most cannot afford to adopt another child. Many mothers run small businesses and off-farm activities to help support their families, but they could use extra help to boost their current economic situation. This is why we at Kidsave believe that an economic strengthening program in the form of a financial loan could benefit the mothers and by extension the children. 

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Photo: A mom in need of a financial loan to support her expanded family

Expanding Our Reach

RESOURCES FOR GOVERNMENT AND NGOs

With the help of our partner on the ground such as The Foundation for Integrated Development (FID), we identify, move Ebola affected orphans out of institutions, and reunify them with either family members or host families.

Kidsave is working with the government of Sierra Leone to determine the numbers of children in institutions and interim care centers. Our information management system will support identification of orphanages unknown to the government, provide mobile technology to support reunification efforts and track permanent placements for all children. Training is also available to in how to implement the Family Visit Model.

Photo: FID members with children in one of the provincial districts where Kidsave operates


Kidsave is committed to help the children of Sierra Leone by rebuilding family connections and providing orphaned children with the opportunity to grow up in permanent families. We are hopeful this program will be the inspiration for moving more children into permanent family care throughout Africa.

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For more information about Kidsave’s work in Sierra Leone please contact Sanya Younossi, at sanyay@kidsave.org


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