RELIEF RESPONSE TO FIRE DISASTER THAT OCCURRED ON OCTOBER 24, 2020
AT NJALA UNIVERSITY, NJALA CAMPUS - SIERRA LEONE, WEST AFRICA.
Approximately 2 weeks ago, on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at around 10:45 pm a student residential hostel building, Matturi G Block, caught fire at Njala University, Njala Campus in Sierra Leone West Africa. It is relayed that the fire was due to an electrical issue with the residential building.
As a result of the disaster, students living in this campus hostel lost their housing, study materials (i.e. laptops, textbooks, notebooks, writing utensils), and personal items (i.e. clothing, shoes, cell phones) burned to ashes.
Fortunately, there were no fatalities due to this fire, though many students were burned in the process of escaping the building and frantically trying to save their belongings prior to the items being consumed by the fire.
The number of students affected that resided in the 42 room hostel block is estimated to be close to 120. The monetary loss for these individuals academic and personal belongings surpasses $200,000. Students are not insured for these lost items and had no choice but to watch the fire take everything with no aid available to stop the fire once it had begun. Students responded by collecting buckets of water to solve the issue, but simply could not keep up with the flames as this building has not been provided with running water for the previous 8 months. “Students who previously resided in Matturi Block G are facing physical, emotional and psychological imbalance as they have lost everything to the fire and they also have to concentrate on their studies which they are left with nothing to start up and continue their studies. These affected students really need help to continue their studies.”
In response, long-time University of Illinois partners with Njala University in Sierra Leone are coming together to ask you for help. The University Y with Ann Witmer and Kenny Long, ACES in Sierra Leone with Paul McNamara and Richard Cooke, Global Health Initiative with Jenny Amos, and Njala Alumni Festus Amadu and Agnes Millimouno are rallying together to combine our resources and outreach in order to continue our support for the students at Njala University, a leading higher education institution in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Please DONATE what you can TODAY! Raised funds will be sent directly to the students affected through existing and trusted partnerships. Your support will have a significant impact on these students' ability to continue excelling in their fields of study and beyond.