After several very successful supplies drives, we shipped a consignment of school supplies and sanitary items to Liberia on May 25th. The supplies have arrived in Liberia safely and will be distributed among school children in need, especially children that were impacted by Ebola. Some of the items collected included, notebooks, pens/pencils, backpacks, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, soaps, deodorants, and toiletries.
Most of the items collected was made possible by employees of UTC Aerospace Systems, in Charlotte, NC, after a week long drive hosted by the African American Forum (AAF) group. We also want to thank all our supporters and volunteers for making this initiative a success and for the continued support.
After more than 6 months of schools closure caused by devastation of the Ebola virus crisis, school children have finally begun returning to school!
What does this mean to us?
During the heat of the Ebola virus outbreak all of our projects and activities in Liberia were put on hold. We immediately turned to supporting Ebola victims and survivors. Smile Liberia can now return to providing much needed educational support to children in need. Already, we have partnered with several organizations that are helping to collect school supplies and sanitary items for children and schools benefiting from our programs.
Thanks for your continual support!
We know you miss hearing from us and we apologize!
During our few months of silence, we have been busy trying to play our part in the fight against Ebola. So far, we have made a $1,000 cash contribution to local groups that provide food, water, and other incentives to victims at Ebola holding centers in Liberia. Also, we worked with MedShare and the local Liberian Community Association in Charlotte last month to send 100 boxes of medical supplies and PPEs, as well as assorted antiseptics and disinfectants to Liberia.
We have also established 2 initiatives in Liberia to help in post Ebola crises. The Ebola Survivor Reintegration Program will work with Ebola survivors returning to their communities. Since most of the survivors have either been stigmatized or lost everything they had, we will help provide care packages (food, clothing, etc.) and basic social counseling for them. Our second initiative is the Kids Pre-school Preparation Program.
Due to the Ebola crisis, all schools are currently closed in Liberia. The Kids Pre-school Preparation Program aims to provide in-home basic math and reading assistance to school-aged children in communities badly hit by Ebola. We believe this initiative will help keep the children engaged with learning while they wait for the reopening of schools.
As we eagerly await the complete containment and eradication of Ebola, we will continue to do everything we can to help in the process. Finally, we will be remiss not to thank you for all the support you have provided. It was through your generous giving that we were able to respond to the Ebola crisis, and will continue to provide support for communities affected.