“Am I in the valley of the shadow of death, Lord?” Leslie Scott, World Vision Sierra Leone’s National Director asked himself this question everyday at the height of the Ebola crisis in November 2014. Corpses lay in the streets. Every ambulance siren reminded him of another virus victim. Ebola infected more than 14,000 people in Sierra Leone and claimed the lives of 3,955 victims, including 945 children. Not everyone was infected by the virus, but every Sierra Leonean was profoundly affected by the outbreak. World Vision reached 1.6 million people during the epidemic. We are thankful that not one of the 58,000 children in our partner communities was lost to Ebola.
I trust you will find this report to be a valuable resource for learning, reflection and prayer. We are grateful for our staff and partners who stood with us throughout the crisis.
- Esther Lehmann-Sow, Regional Leader, West Africa