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.
The WeOwnTV Filmmaker Fellowship is a regional film fund and professional development program supporting the production of independent documentaries directed by West African filmmakers living in the region. The program was founded in the wake of the West African Ebola outbreak. In 2022 we began raising funds for the inaugural Idriss Kpange Filmmaker Fellowship Award which will provide filmmakers with funding for their projects, creative labs, one-on-one mentoring, and professional development.
This project finds families for children who lost their parents to war or Ebola; trains families and communities on the rights of children, monitors the children, helps with school, food and bed needs, creates supportive villagers where children are placed, and has a revolving microloan fund to increase families' income and food supply. Since Kidsave began this work in 2010, 1,092 children have been helped to find permanent families, usually kin and occasionally suitable non-kin.
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 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.
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