ChildFund Sierra Leone is committed to ensuring that infants are healthy and secure and that they live within a family setting. Our Early Childhood Development centers help young children gain the cognitive, emotional, motor and communication skills necessary to make the leap to primary school. ChildFund supports the centers by providing teaching and learning materials, a feeding program, a monthly stipend to facilitators, furniture and child growth monitoring equipment. During the 2014 Ebola epidemic, when schools shut down in an attempt to contain the virus, legions of young people were drafted into hard labor by their impoverished parents, and many other children were left as orphans. ChildFund was the first organization to open an Interim Care Center for children affected by the disease, to provide a safe place for them to spend their 21-day post-exposure quarantine periods and to help them return to family-based care.