Mobile money sent to hundreds of families hit by Sierra Leone mudslide
22 September 2017
Money is being sent via mobile phone to hundreds of families who survived a deadly mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown last month, the United Nations said on Friday.
The mobile cash payments, which are being funded by Britain’s aid department, will help about 1,900 households hit by the mudslide to pay for needs from education and food to healthcare, and to enable them to resettle in safer areas.
“I am pleased that ... we are able to give money directly to those affected so they can decide what is best to meet their immediate needs and take steps to rebuild their lives,” said Guy Warrington, the British high commissioner in Sierra Leone.
The U.N. children’s agency (UNICEF) has given mobile phones to the heads of households so they can receive their payments - which will total about $200 (150 pounds) over three months.