I want to let you know that the children and staff at All As One are still Ebola-free at this time. We have worked hard on keeping the staff and children safe, but it is still a very difficult time in Sierra Leone. We’ve lost so many doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers to Ebola, and so many people have died throughout the country. The Ebola crisis has set Sierra Leone’s development back for many years to come. There are more orphans now needing help. The need for good medical care is increased. The educational system has been shut down since last summer and many more children are needing educational help. In other words, the need for our work in Sierra Leone is greater now than it was before.
The exciting news, amid all the bad news, is that we are now poised to move 4 habitable containers onto our land just outside Freetown. We are so grateful to Beltship for donating these containers and keeping them safe during the Ebola crisis. We were hoping to move the containers onto the land last summer, but things shifted because of Ebola.
I believe that 2015 will see many changes for Sierra Leone, All As One, and our building plans – changes that are desperately needed. Thank you so much for being part of making a difference for so many! You are terrific!
As always, we need your continued support and help! Thank you so much!
At this time, all of our children are free from Ebola and we are working hard to keep it that way. We have many precautions in place for our staff, and the children are confined to the Children's Center to limit their exposure to contracting the virus.
Our costs are rising in Sierra Leone with the lack of supplies and food available. The number of Ebola orphans is also rising, and we expect that our services will be needed long into the future, even after the epidemic is contained. Sierra Leone’s infrastructure, which was very weak, has once again been devastated. We are seeing things as bad or worse than during the civil war there.
So much needs to be done to help! We are asking our supporters to please help us during this difficult time by giving generously!
Thank you so much for your suppport! The children send greetings and love to you!
As you may know, we’re in the midst of a very difficult situation because we are being forced to move from our current rental facility. The landlord has insisted on increasing our rent from $15,000 annually, to $60,000! Fortunately, we had the foresight a few years ago to buy land just outside Freetown, and now we’re working hard to be able to build our new facility on the land so that we don’t have to rent anymore!
We really need to MOVE onto our land as quickly as possible. We have started a campaign to raise the funds we need, and we’d love your support!
We are now feeding 130 every day! Our school is educating scores of children from the local community, as well as the children living in our home. We’re really proud of the children's progress! Thank you for making it possible!
Betty came into All As One’s care about two years ago, at the age of 3 1/2 years, after being abandoned by her mother and father. She was a malnourished little girl, who soon blossomed with the love and care she received at All As One. Today, Betty has started in Class One (1st grade) at the All As One Academy, and she isdoing very well. She is described by her teacher as “clever” and a “promising girl.” Inschool, Betty likes to keep the classroom clean, and also loves to read, sing and tell stories. Betty’s favorite color is pink, and her favorite food is chicken stew and rice. Betty has a warm and infectious smile, and she has lots of reasons to smile – thanks to you! She and her friends have food, clothing,ing, shelter, good health and a chance to attend school, because YOU care. Thank you for making it possible for Betty to have so many good things happen to and for her this past year. Please help us continue to provide for Betty and her friends living at the Children’s Center in this coming year. Your help and support is needed now more than ever!
I'm writing to wish you all the best for this holiday season from the All As One staff and children in Sierra Leone! The kids especially wanted you to have the attached photo as their way of sending holiday gratitude and cheer.
This month the kids had a special visitor who did a benefit concert for All As One in Freetown. Several of our children performed as well and everyone enjoyed themselves very much!
This month the children are all happy and healthy and are eagerly looking forward to Christmas and the new year. We all hope that 2014 is a fantastic year for you too.
If you are able, please help us spread the word about our project and get your friends and family involved too. There are so many more children we could help, if we just had the resources.
Thank you so much for your support for the children in our care!
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