Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness (THINK)

Mission: THINK exists to demonstrate genuine "kindness" to the poor in Liberia, especially women and children, by providing services and programs that would empower them to transform their lives, become self-sustainable citizens who will contribute to their communities.
Jun 29, 2015

Out Run Ebola: Awareness/Protection For Children

 

On May 9, 2015, the World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) when there were no new cases reported for 42 days since the last confirmed case of a woman was reported in Monrovia.

Being declared free of Ebola with no new case reported does not mean that Liberia is safe as long as our neighbors, Guinea and Sierra Leone are still reporting new infection cases. Therefore, everyone in Liberia has to continue being careful and practice the prevention methods used during the peak of the EVD outbreak such as frequent washing of hands, checking body temperature and staying away from dead bodies and crowded places.

Liberians gathered at the Centennial Pavilion to attend the Official Declaration of the end of Ebola in Liberia by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 12, 2015

THINK has continued to conduct EVD prevention education and distribute buckets and materials for proper hand washing. The peer- educators have been in our six (6) selected communities; Pagos Island, New Hope, New Kakata, ABC, Sand Town, and Neezoe. Creating awareness and encouraging the community dwellers to keep practicing the Ebola Prevention measures that were put in place by the Ministry of Health and partners. There were 536 community people (273 females and 263 males) from 60 homes each received a bucket with soap and chlorox.

The peer- educators also distributed 42 buckets in 7 schools and 3 Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers as a way of helping kids attending these schools and ECD centers to stay safe from the virus.

The authorities of various schools extended heartfelt gratitude to THINK and her donor partners for thinking about their schools and for the level of education carried out on the prevention of Ebola.

 

Feature Story

I am a very special survivor of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). I am a six weeks old baby boy. My mother was two months pregnant with me when she got sick and was taken to the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) at ELWA 3 along with two of my siblings. They were all tested and confirmed to have Ebola. Most times women who are pregnant with EVD lose the pregnancy or even die, but my mother and I survived! My father and 53 other members from our family, including my grand parents, uncles, aunties, and cousins, died from July to September 2014.

I am the eighth child of my mother and I have been born an orphan. My mother has been asked to leave the house where we live because she has had Ebola. The landlord is afraid of all of us because my mother and two of my siblings also had Ebola and survived.

I hope to live to be a big and strong boy to help my mother one day. I love all of you that reached out to help Liberia to fight Ebola so that I could survive. I was born on May 12, 2015. My name is Abubakar. THANK YOU for helping Liberia and me!

Thank You!

The Board of Directors, staff, children and communities we serve are very grateful to all of you our donors and partners for your meaningful contributions that have made it possible for us to supply households and schools with hand washing buckets to reduce the time it takes all of the students and teachers to wash before entering the school.

What do you think?

How can you get involved in helping us to reach out to children affected by the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia? Our two neighboring countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone still have new Ebola infections reporting at health facilities. How can you help to improve living conditions and prevent the reoccurrence of Ebola in Liberia?

Jun 26, 2015

Caring For Children Affected By Ebola

Progress Made on the Project "Caring for Children Affected by EBOLA (19501)." The THINK Retreat Center for children affected by the Ebola EVD located in the ELWA Community, has provided counseling, shelter and recreational activities for 60 children (36 EVD affected children and 24 children survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). There were 5 community members that registered to become foster parents. 23 children have been reunified and 5 children are to be placed with foster families after their training. 36 EVD Children Disaggregation by sex: boys 14 and girls 22. 36 EVD Children Disaggregation by age: (0 - 5) = 5 (6 - 12) = 16 (13 - 17) = 12 (18 - 24) = 2 (Age not known) = 1 The 24 SGBV survivors were all girls. Disaggregation by age: (0 - 5) = 0 (6 - 12) = 10 (13 - 17) = 14 Feature Story I am 14 years old and was born in Nimba County in northern Liberia. My father was a farmer and contracted the EVD from one of his workmates. When my dad got sick, he was taken to and Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) for treatment but did not survive. My mother was caring for my father and also got infected that way. She too got sick a few weeks after and died. I was left alone and until a businesswoman saw me and took me into her home. After a few months, the woman heard that a family in Monrovia wanted to foster a boy. The businesswoman sent brought me to Monrovia to live with the family. After a few weeks at the new home, Social Workers from THINK came to document children in the Duazon Community and that is how I was brought to the THINK Retreat Center for counseling. After a month in the center, I was reunified with my foster parents and then relatives from Nimba heard that I survived and came to receive me from my foster parents. I enjoyed my time at the retreat center and feel much better now. I didn't want to leave the THINK Retreat Center because I know that I will not get better care with relatives in Nimba County. I want to go to school so that I will be able to live a better life. I thank all of the people that helped THINK to have a good place for us to overcome our bad feelings about losing our parents. Thank You! The Board of Directors, staff, children and communities we serve are very grateful to all of you our donors and partners for your meaningful contributions that have make it possible for us to reach out and help EVD affected children, child survivors of SGBV and other vulnerable children. The 5-K Run / Walk event in Orangeburg, South Carolina on April 18, 2015 went well and the people of Orangeburg supported the Run, Chicken Bar-B-Q and donated school supplies and materials for the THINK Rehabilitation Home. The materials donated were packed on a container to be shipped to Liberia in July. Funds raised helped to pay for the shipping cost of the container. THINK will help children affected by EVD to get back in school and to help families that are taking them into their homes as new family members. We give a big THANK YOU to all who generously gave. Packing donated items to be loaded onto the 20-foot container for THINK Liberia What Do You Think? Guess what? Wal-Mart donated generously to THINK Liberia during the fund raising events in Orangeburg, SC! What do you think we should do to get the attention of other corporations to become supporters too?

Mar 26, 2015

Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF (from the UN Headquarters in New York), was our Special guest.

In January, Adolescents Leading Intensive Fight against Ebola (A-LIFE) Project in West Point had the honor of receiving the Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF (from the UN Headquarters in New York), as Special guest.

The youth had the opportunity to have a very interactive dialogue with the high level UNICERF team that included the Liberia Country Representative, Mr. Sheldon Yett, the West Africa Regional Director, the Ebole Response Director from New York and the Head of Child Protection in the UNICEF-Liberia office. The team was led by Ms. Hawa Page, Adolescent Development Office of UNICEF-Liberia. 

The youth articulated issues affecting them and other youth of West Point. The young people pointed out that since the beginning of programs funded by UNICEF in West Point 3 years ago, school enrollement increased among them from 30% in the beginning to 70% last school year.

The Ebola outbreak has seriously affected them as their parents are not working and they are concerned that many of them will not be able to start school. The Legislature however have passed a decision that the re-opening of school be delayed for 1 month to give time to school authroities to ensure EVD prevention measures and to give parents and guardians time to get money to put their children and young people in school.


The second concern raised by the adolescents was the issue of increased teenage pregnancy. The young people attributed this to other young girls engaging in sexual activities to get money but now have unplanned pregnancies and are at risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and Ebola.

The youth requested that a youth resource center be built to afford them a place where they can have their own space to interact, learn livelihood skills and mentor other young people.

The UNICEF guests were encouraged at the confidence exhibited by the youth as they interacted with them.

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