West Point Women for Health and Development Org.

To tackle the many problems facing the West Point community. We aim to improve the livelihood for our people in the West Point community by bringing our Health and Sanitation System to international standard, reducing the cases of Gender Based Violence, providing Adult Literacy programs, reducing teenage pregnancy and prostitution, and providing temporary care for lost and abandoned children.
Jan 7, 2015

Project Report for Prevent the spread of Ebola

Grace, the Team leaders, and Nelly in a meeting
Grace, the Team leaders, and Nelly in a meeting

The West Point Intensive Ebola Outreach Project started in the month of September with skeleton staffs who comprises of 1 Executive Director, 2 Volunteer Coordinators and 1 Office Assistant, during this time, the outreachers were recruited and given their protective gears for outreach readiness. The outreachers started work on October 1, 2014, with anti-Ebola awareness and have been active since without any serious constraint. Since the outreaching started, the seven teams had gone into the seven zones of West Point carrying out awareness and giving out the sanitary kits which includes; Water guard, detergents, some tablets (Paracetamol, vitamin C and vitamin B Complex, chlorine or Clorox to every households head in a house.

The outreachers have to take time to explain the danger of Ebola to community dwellers due to the denial by many, some ask questions about how Ebola is being transmitted and how Ebola really got into Liberia, and the teams will take their time to explain on how the first case entered Liberia. Up to now some of the residents don’t really know the signs and symptoms of Ebola and sometimes mistaken these signs to cholera and malaria. Some of the people will argue and deny that Ebola really exist but there are some who accept the fact that Ebola really exist and that it is in Liberia and has actually entered West Point.

The outreachers are doing much when it comes to sensitizing the people on how to keep safe. The WPIEO Project provides lunch for the outreachers’ everyday since the month of October 2014 up to now until the end of the project in December 2014.

The volunteer coordinators recruited the 70 outreachers and are following up on their day to day activities in the field. The VC have to visit the seven zones on a daily basis to ascertain field activities carryout by the outreachers, the distribution of sanitary kits and essential medicines for first aid use. How those items are been distributed and if they are really reaching the targeted beneficiaries in the community.

Protective items provided for the entire project team by West Point Women project are; Rubber boots (1 pair provided for each one on the project), Rain suits ( 2 pairs for each member on the project), T-Shirts ( everyone received 2 each, a white and yellow ) Rubber gloves ( everyone were given a pair of durable rubber gloves for longer used along with white disposable gloves at times when going into the community ), Goggles ( all outreachers and team leaders received a goggle each ), Nose and mouth masks ( the outreachers and team leaders were issue nose and mouth mask to last for the  month ), we’ll only be issuing nose and mouth mask along with disposable gloves until the end of project.

Since the outreaching starts in September, the West Point Women Intensive Ebola project purchased the following items for the project used:

  1. T-Shirts ---------------------------------------174 pieces
  2. Rain suits -------------------------------------174 pieces
  3. Rubber boots ----------------------------------90 pieces
  4. Durable gloves ---------------------------------90 pieces
  5. Disposable gloves -------------------------------7 packs
  6. Nose & mouth mask --------------------------16 packs
  7. Detergents --------------------------------------80 cartons
  8. Disposable Gloves -------------------------------5 packs
  9. Soap for Project staffs hand washing---------2 cartons
  10. Oil paints for building----------------------------8 gallons
  11. Water Guard ------------------------------------170 cartons
  12. Sitting chairs--------------------------------------33 pieces
  13.  Snacks / crackers -------------------------------91 cartons
  14. Juice ------------------------------------------------49 cartons
  15. Water sack ----------------------------------------111 sacks
  16.  Paracetamol -------------------------------------24 cans
  17.  Vitamin B Complex ----------------------------54 cans
  18.  Gasoline ------------------------------------------109 gallons
  19. Transportation ----------------------------------15 times
  20. Scratch cards ------------------------------------58 pieces

This listing also includes things purchased in September, October and the beginning of November 2014.

WPW paid four (4) staffs (an Executive Director, 2 Volunteer Coordinators and an Office Assistant) for 2 months, the months of September and October and November 2014.

Our gratitude to you and our many donors who have given us their support in helping to stop Ebola in West Point and Liberia, we pledge our commitment to doing our best with the confidence impose in us to run this project along with other sisters organizations working with us to help the community of West Point.

The Outreachers going out for the first time
The Outreachers going out for the first time
Project team discussing and strategizing
Project team discussing and strategizing
Some team members pose for a photo
Some team members pose for a photo
Outreachers in the field sensitizing community
Outreachers in the field sensitizing community
Posing for photo while in the field
Posing for photo while in the field
Aug 14, 2014

WPW host philanthropist & Kenyan community leader

WPW with Abigail Disney and Kennedy Odede
WPW with Abigail Disney and Kennedy Odede

Nelly Cooper, President of West Point Women and her team of dedicated women hosted philanthropist Abigail Disney and Kennedy Odede, Co-Founder & CEO of Shining Hope for Communities, a Kenyan organization focused on girls education, health, community empowerment and health and sanitation.

The goal of the visit was to share strategies and explore opportunities for learning. Similar to WPW, SHOFCO is based in the largest slum in the capital city of Nairobi so both organizations were able to share challenges and barriers to improving the quality of life in their communities, as well as stories of success. Both communities have made great strides in bringing successful projects to their communities: West Point Women in the areas of sanitation removal and SHOFCO in the area of clean water and alternative energies. During a tour of the West Point community, which is home to over 60,000 families, leaders were able to discuss the potential for replication of projects, as well as the promising aspect of creating a movement among urban slum communities, and how that movement could bring powerful outcomes for their citizens.

Thank you for your support, which allows exchanges like this to happen!

Jul 25, 2012

Two Quarter Report to GlobalGiving (January- June 2012)

Industrial and Manual Machines bought by GNF
Industrial and Manual Machines bought by GNF

West Point Women for Health and Development Organization bought seven machines from Guinea with funds from the Global Neighborhood Fund (GNF) through GlobalGiving.


During the months of January, February and March, massive awareness on Gender Base Violence (GBV) in the West Point communities was carried out. Also in March, awareness on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and violence against women were carried out in the seven zones of West Point which now results into the minimizing of all kinds of violence against women in the Township of West Point.  Since the inception of our awareness campaign, violence against women is reduced a bit. This has become a major milestone for our work in the township.


The West Point Women for Health and Development attended the International Women’s Day celebration on March 8th 2012 in Bomi County. This program was attended by almost all women groupings from all over Liberia; Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also attended the program.


Rape Cases

On March16, 2012 a rape case involving a 5 years old victim was attended by the West Point Women for Health and Development. The case was closely followed by us, the victim received medication from the Redemption Hospital and the perpetrator was apprehended by the Police. On May 2, 2012 we also attended to a rape case involving a 16 years old girl bringing the perpetrator to justice. All of these rape cases; the family looked to us for transportation to the hospital, feeding as well as the little fees that needed to be taken care of.


Vulnerability

A woman by the name of Mary Sack was abandoned by her fiancé Kojo. Mary with her daughter was encouraged by her fiancé to move to Liberia. After been in Liberia for few years, she had the second child by him, a boy.  Few months back while Mary was pregnant with the third child, she was severely flogged by her fiancé nearly losing her child when he refused to contribute to the welfare of the family.  Kojo finally left the house leaving the family vulnerable and striving on their own without support.  He has refused to identify with them in any matter of support for their well-being. After the flogging which resulted to several bruises on her body, the West Point Women for Health and Development was contacted for assistance. Mary was taken to the hospital for medical checkup. We provided the medical expenses and helped with the feeding and clothing for her children. To date, the fiancé is nowhere to be found for clarity or apprehension.


When Mary had given birth to the third child; we took care of the medical bills and clothing’s for the baby as well. We then linked her with a partner organization who helped us took care of the delivery bills and the responsibility of transporting her back to her homeland Ghana.

We want to appreciate the GlobalGiving Family and the many contributors for the support to West Point Women; we wholeheartedly appreciate our donors as well for their kind donations in helping us help humanity.


Thanks ever so much to you all.

Gender Base Violence Awareness Campaign
Gender Base Violence Awareness Campaign

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