Ebola survivor children happily collect food
Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) continues its campaign to provide direct community support to those affected by Ebola. In addition to funding community-based organizations' health awareness campaigns, contact tracing and outreach, GPFA provides direct support to those most vulnerable.
In October 2014, GPFA partnered with STARZ College of Science & Technology to distribute $1000 USD worth of bags of rice and cooking oil to families in the Airfield community in Monrovia. Over 20 families received food emergency packages. Families patiently lined up to receive food allowance to help offset the challenges the health crisis has placed on marginalized families as STARZ facilitated the disbursement process.
In December 2014, GPFA ramped up its food drive to focus on two vulnerable groups: Survivors of Ebola (particularly children) and female-headed households of young children. GPFA partnered with Amos Sawboh of Orphan Concern Liberia, a Liberian-led youth initiative to support survivors of Ebola, to identify persons in need of aid in the Banjor area in the Virginia community of Monrovia. GPFA distributed $4000 USD worth of care packages of rice, cooking oil, beans, Quaker oats, sugar, canned milk, seasoning cubes and health kits of chloride, soap and hand sanitizers to over 30 families who had survived Ebola. An additional 20 families of elderly female-headed households caring for dependent children received care packages and health kits in the Clara Town, Topoe Village on Gardnersville Highway, Matadi, and Morristown comunities in Monrovia. As caretakers, girls and women are particularly at risk during the current health crisis according to a Dec. 14, 2014 Voice of America article. To ensure that care packages and health kits went to the most vulnerable, GPFA hand-delivered supplies to families.
Over 70 families received care packages and health kits. GPFA's partnership with Kids Engagement Project--which provides books and educational materials to children at home while schools were closed--and Orphan Concern will continue to monitor their progress.
With your continued support, GPFA will continue to support local Liberian efforts to end Ebola, and keep children healthy, safe and engaged.
A survivor of Ebola carries a care package home