The projects listed below are engaging in wide range of proven tactics to speed the recovery from the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Since the outbreak began, they've delivered direct medical care for the sick, supplied protective gear for aid workers, promoted hygiene and outreach campaigns for communities at risk, and provided humane support for survivors. All have been thoroughly vetted and will provide you with ongoing updates about the impact of your donation.
Many rural areas in Liberia lack healthcare, health ed., or literacy services. Without this Liberians don't know how to use preventative methods that decrease infant and maternal mortality and improve the quality of life. Each year IHI's Clinic serves over 15,000 people, and our literacy programs work with 200 women and our new "Liberian Women's Health Manual" will be used by local women to teach women and girls improved health, sanitation, nutrition and human rights practices. Please contribute
IN THE WAKE OF THE RECENT EBOLA CRISIS we believe there is a clear opportunity to foster positive change out of this devastating health disaster, by providing forums for self expression and peaceful debate through the medium of documentary film. In 2016 we launched the WeOwnTV Filmmaker Fellowship a regional film fund a regional film fund and professional development program supporting the production of independent documentaries directed by Guinean, Sierra Leonean and Liberian filmmakers.
Before the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, 47% of the population was living below the poverty line (CIA, 2015). Since 2014, West Africa has had over 11,000 deaths from Ebola. Five months after Liberia was declared Ebola-free, Guinea is still dealing with newly confirmed cases and over 2,500 deaths (BBC, 2015). MindLeaps has been serving youth in Guinea since 2011. Now, 250 of these youth and their families are in need of humanitarian relief in the town of Kindia.
Kidsave's program gives children who have lost their parents to the Ebola outbreak an opportunity to once again find a home. Since Kidsave began its programs in Sierra Leone in 2010, 470 forgotten children have been placed in homes. While most of the children were reunited with their biological family members, some were placed with host and foster care families. Furthermore, Kidsave is planning to launch a program for working moms who have reunified with children, would receive a loan.
This project will support efforts to combat the incidence of sexual and gender-based violence in Liberia by providing awareness on the prevention of gender-based violence, including human trafficking against women and girls.
The EBOLA Virus Disease (EVD) has sprinted across West Africa infecting over 20,000 people. Awareness and preventative training is the best way to outrun the epidemic. THINK (Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness) has been working with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to raise awareness in communities throughout Liberia.
This project trains Liberian youth to use film as a tool for social change in their communities. Students learn script writing, film production, and editing skills to make films about critical challenges where they live. It also supports a free "New Media Lab" where the students have access to recording, editing and dissemination tools. We then help them to share these films with thousands of people- including government officials and people in power- through mobile cinema and film festival
Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria are currently experiencing the most serious and widespread Ebola outbreak that history can record. The outbreak of this virus is claiming more and more lives on a daily basis. Communities are struggling to contain the virus and control the epidemic. VAAFD will help disseminate vital sanitation and medical supplies to clinics communities across Liberia, educate people on how to stop and contain the outbreak and support families of those in quarantine.
In West Africa, textiles have traditionally served as a medium of communication, and a method of storytelling. GAIA VF has successfully developed a fabric design to promote knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer. We are now working on distributing a cloth design that would help health workers educate the population about Ebola symptoms and how to protect against the virus' spread. The cloth will be distributed to health workers in Ebola-affected countries, and used to raise awareness.