| Feb 2, 2018
Progress continues in West Africa
Photo from Develop Africa
Thanks to your support, our partners in West Africa are continuing to strengthen local community health care systems so that they are better equipped to handle future public health crises and to care for the ongoing needs of survivors and orphans.
With your support, in the last year, Kidsave has helped 101 children return to caring families in Sierra Leone. Most of the children, 66%, were moved into the homes of relatives or family friends. An additional 26% were placed directly into new families. This milestone highlights the long-lasting effects that the Ebola crisis created and the importance of your continued support for locally-led efforts.
Develop Africa’s Dream Home school continues to serve and educate children who were orphaned during the crisis in Sierra Leone. The primary school students recently completed their first round of exams and the older students are working hard towards their certificates as they get ready for the next phase of their education.
In Liberia, Seed Programs International has helped establish a local network of partners, including churches, food banks, farmers, and 4-H Liberia to ramp up local farming efforts after the Ebola crisis. Now three years into their work, SPI has facilitated local efforts to ramp up food production after devastatingly low yields in 2014. Thanks to your support, the community recently received 75,000 packets of seeds and SPI is working on an exit plan now that the efforts are more self-sustaining.
Imani House continues their work to educate the community and power women to be public health educators through their free 63-page "Liberian Women's Health Manual" and accompanying training sessions.
Thank you for your commitment to helping communities across West Africa as they continue to recover and become more resilient. We will keep you updated on additional progress in the coming months!
Kevin Conroy + the GlobalGiving Team
Photo from Kidsave
Photo from Imani House