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Oct 2, 2014

RIGHT NOW: Ask the experts anything about Ebola

What questions do you have about Ebola Relief?
What questions do you have about Ebola Relief?

Dear Ebola Fund donors,

We regularly send these reports with written updates about how your donations are being put to work to fight Ebola. But today’s update accompanies an invitation: we’re inviting you to participate in a conversation with some of the important leaders who are responding to Ebola in West Africa.

Join our Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (or AMA) happening today, Thurs Oct 2, between 11am and 1pm ET. Our partners on the ground will be available to answer any of your questions about your donations and the conditions they’re seeing in West Africa. Here's who you’ll hear from:

  • Bisi Iderabdullah - IMANI HOUSE. Partially funded by your donations, Bisi's clinic in the Brewerville section of Monrovia, Liberia has been one of the only health care providers to 17,000 people in the area. After losing two of its staff to Ebola, Imani House is focusing its efforts on safeguarding staff and patients from the disease and educating the local community about how to stop transmission of the disease. Watch an interview with Bisi from last week.

  • Emily Bell -  MORE THAN ME. Before the outbreak, Emily's organization ran an academy for vulnerable girls in Monrovia. Since Ebola's arrival, they've shifted their focus toward coordinating community efforts, providing housing for children orphaned by the disease, and supporting local care and education efforts. Their work was featured in a TIME story published yesterday.
  • Carolyn Yi and Mat Jacobs - INTERNEWS. Persistent misinformation and rumors about Ebola have been hampering efforts of aid organizations since the beginning of the outbreak. With help from your funds, Internews is working to support local media outlets in West Africa, who can build trust and spread accurate information in ways international and government sources often can't. Their executive director wrote an oped this week in The Guardian about the value of local media in combating Ebola.

  • Britt Lake, Alison Carlman, and Will Frechette - GLOBALGIVING. We're coordinating the 18 organizations responding to Ebola in the GlobalGiving network. We're also actively working to raise awareness about the epidemic, and to regularly report to donors about how their funds are being used. Here are the Ebola projects on GlobalGiving.

If you can’t participate in the AMA live, please check the link here to see a record of the conversation that takes place.

As always, we’d love to answer any of your questions about your donation, either on Reddit, by phone, or email.  Thank you so much for your generosity.

Sep 8, 2014

Project of the Month Update: September 2014

Education & Support for 500 Children in Uganda
Education & Support for 500 Children in Uganda

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Fall is almost here — though I’d forgive you for not believing it if you’ve been enduring a heat wave like the one we’ve had here in Washington, D.C. this past week. But kids are back in school, the days are getting shorter, and it’s once again time for me to share the incredible impact you all are having.

In August, the 183 members of this club raised $6,199 for “Education & Support for 500 Children in Uganda”, a project run by Tributaries International. Your donation covered the cost of tuition, meals and supplies of 80 students returning to class at Calvary Primary School, just outside the Ugandan capital of Kampala.

This month, your donation is supporting “Educate a Mexico Girl-Child From The Barrios”, run by Christel House, which seeks to break the cycle of poverty for the girls they serve in Mexico City.

“It’s our goal to give our students the opportunity to reach their potential, regardless of their background. We provide impoverished children with education, nutrition, healthcare, transportation, clothing, social services and the resources they need to succeed,” writes Aubrey Merki of Christel House. “We appreciate your support and belief in our girls!”

Aubrey also shared that your support this month could provide complete medical support to 40 girls for a full year at Christel House.

Thank you for being part of this community and generously supporting life-changing projects like Christel House every month. See you in October!

Warmly,

Mari and the team at GlobalGiving

Educate a Mexico Girl-Child From The Barrios
Educate a Mexico Girl-Child From The Barrios
Sep 4, 2014

Your funds are helping stop the spread of Ebola

Photo by Develop Africa
Photo by Develop Africa

Ebola continues to spread across West Africa, with the number of those affected continuing to rise dramatically.  The latest report from the World Health Organization counts 3,069 cases of Ebola in the region and 1,552 deaths from the disease so far.

The region’s entire health system is under strain. Clinics across West Africa are closing their doors, and the numbers of available trained workers is dwindling as health workers contract Ebola themselves or return to their home countries. Liberia recently enacted a curfew and a quarantine that affected tens of thousands of people.  Livelihoods are collapsing as people cannot go to work or collect food or water for their families.  Misinformation continues to be a major factor in the spread of Ebola, with many people still refusing to believe that Ebola even exists.

Our hard-working, locally-driven partners in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are engaging in a wide range of proven tactics to counteract this outbreak. Some are providing direct care to those already infected with Ebola, while others are providing personal protective equipment to keep aid workers safe. A number of our partners are executing public education campaigns and distributing sanitary products in order to stop the spread of the disease in their communities.

Your donation to our Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund is already hard at work fighting the outbreak. We made our first grants to partner organizations within one week of opening this fund and have continued to get money to the ground quickly so that it can be used by those most in need.  When deciding how to allocate these funds, we looked at the individual activities, budgets, and other donations received by our partner organizations.  Below is the full list of grants made to date:

As always, we will continue to update you on how your funds are being used, and invite you to see the full list of partner nonprofits currently seeking funds for Ebola relief work.  Thank you for being part of the effort to put a stop to this terrible epidemic.

Photo by Imani House
Photo by Imani House
Ebola Isolation Tent (by Greatest Goal Ministries)
Ebola Isolation Tent (by Greatest Goal Ministries)

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