GlobalGiving Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund

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Photo Credit: Accountability Lab

Last week, news broke that a successful Ebola vaccine had been developed. According to the journal article detailing the breakthrough, the vaccine was 100% effective across the 6,000 recipients. This is life-changing news for our partners working in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, and for everyone across the world!

Thanks to your support of the GlobalGiving Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund, dozens of our partners have been able to provide the much-needed support for those communities ravaged by the virus. In light of the great news, I’d like to take some time today to share with you the long-term impact that your donations have had through our partners on the ground.

Seeds Program International is well on their way to making Liberian communities more self-sufficient by providing good quality seed, expertise, and training materials to humanitarian organizations working around the world to alleviate hunger and poverty, issues exacerbated by the Ebola epidemic. Through their Restoration of Educational Advancement Program, SPI provided 30 women with training on taking soil samples, applying fertilizers, and cleaning their produce after a harvest. Not only did these farmers gain skills to make them self-sustaining, but five women were trained to teach future farmers how to provide for their families.

In November alone, Kidsave International helped reunite 24 children affected by the Ebola epidemic with their extended families. At the reunification ceremony, one relative was overjoyed by the opportunity to help their kin. She said, “Today I fulfilled the promise I made to Abu’s parents when they were loaded in the ambulance and taken to Kenema.  They never returned.   I said I would take full responsibility of Abu and his siblings.  Now I will care for them.  They will live with my family and meet their education and health needs.” While stories like this are plenty, Kidsave has identified more than 325 children still in need of support and a loving family.

IsraAID’s efforts have been focused on the psycho-social and emotional support in Sierra Leone over the last few months. Workshops on psycho-social support and anger management, hosted by IsraAID, has reshaped how teachers interact with their students in Sierra Leone. One teacher reflects that, “after participating in the workshop - I now take the time to listen to the students whenever they are late. As a result, I have become closer to my students and they know that I am ready to listen to them whenever they have something to share.”

Your donations to the GlobalGiving Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund have also made possible the following heroic efforts by our amazing partners:

ChildHelp Sierra Leone Girl Power Project provided support for 344 girls, equipping them with the skills to avoid early pregnancy and disease.

Mindleaps brought together 44 of their young students to share how their lives have changed after Ebola and what they learned from Mindleaps.

Two of Accountability Lab’s film school graduates helped plan and execute Liberia’s first TEDx event. Many of the speakers were deeply involved in the response to the Ebola crisis, as well as the process of rebuilding after. Dr. Mosoka Fallah played a leading role in fighting the virus through case detection, surveillance, contact tracing and case management. Brenda Brewer Moore led a team of volunteers who provided homeschooling educational kits to over 5000 out-of-school kids to keep them academically engaged while schools were shut down during the crisis.

Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness (THINK) mobilized 450 young girls and women Liberia to know more about their rights and gain useful life and business skills.

Arthur, of WeOwnTV’s Survivors project, received his U.S. visa and has joined the film team to provide critical input in the editing process of their portrait of the Ebola crisis.

While the vaccine announcement is fantastic news, it is only with the support of nearly 5,500 donors like you, that our partners have the courage and motivation to continue on rebuilding from this crisis. So, thank you so much for your continued support of GlobalGiving and our hard-working partners.

Photo Credit: IsraAID
Photo Credit: IsraAID
Photo Credit: Mindleaps
Photo Credit: Mindleaps
Photo Credit: Seeds Program International
Photo Credit: Seeds Program International
Photo Credit: WeOwnTV
Photo Credit: WeOwnTV
Photo Credit: International Medical Corps
Photo Credit: International Medical Corps

With so much of today’s international health news focused on the spreading Zika Virus and the discovery of unfrozen anthrax in Siberia, West Africa’s recovery from the Ebola epidemic has not drawn as much attention. But the work continues! Nonprofits, volunteers, and donors (like you!) need to continue to provide support to the West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and all those who suffered directly or indirectly from the devastation the virus caused. Today, we want to share the titanic achievements our partners have made in their post-Ebola recovery efforts.

Partners supported by your donations to GlobalGiving’s Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund focused on rebuilding, rehabilitation, and prevention in the affected regions.

Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness (THINK) provided shelter and services to 15 new young women at the THINK Safe Home. THINK is currently supporting 43 women, while also establishing a Rehabilitation and Training Center to provide psychological counseling and trade skills training to female inmates in Monrovia.

MindLeaps recognized the lack of rehabilitation for young girls in Guinea. Rebecca Davis, Executive Director of Mindleaps, described their work as helping “girls meet their basic needs, and through this, their feelings of abandonment and worthlessness start to change.”

GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners in West Africa also focused on  the prevention of future health crises, primarily through education.

IMANI HOUSE, Incprovidedhealthcare to Liberians at their Maternal and Child Health Care Clinic, whilealso equipping 500 local women withhealth literacy to improve their health and prevent future disease outbreaks. IMANI House’s actions truly represent the saying that “Knowledge is power!”

The Welbodi Partnershiptried hard to find a silver lining within the crisis. In their own words, they are striving to “deliver vital messages on how to keep communities safe from a resurgence of Ebola, how to access healthcare and how to tackle some of the most common preventable illnesses.” They are looking to transform “Ebola response projects to projects that support more longer term health improvement initiatives,” such as tuberculosis outbreaks.

PCI-Media Impact’s #ISurvivedEbola campaign has empowered survivors to become leaders in their own communities, helping to educate their friends, families, neighbors on public health prevention and how to respond to an emergency outbreak. PCI-Media Impact has also helped to reintegrate survivors into their societies in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

As always, we are so grateful for your support!  Your donations have not only supported rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts, but are helping to prevent future epidemics through health education and literacy. Despite the end of the immediate crisis, the work continues! You can keep supporting our nonprofit partners in rebuilding, rehabilitation, and education by donating toGlobalGiving’s Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund.

Photo Credit: IMANI HOUSE, Inc
Photo Credit: IMANI HOUSE, Inc
Photo Credit: The Welbodi Partnership
Photo Credit: The Welbodi Partnership
Photo Credit: PCI-Media Impact
Photo Credit: PCI-Media Impact
Photo credit: Kidsave International
Photo credit: Kidsave International

The WHO recently declared an end to Ebola as an international public health emergency. While smaller clusters of cases may still arise in in West Africa, they are becoming less frequent and the affected countries have responded quickly to limit the spread of new cases. Your donations have supported organizations on the ground as they have played a crucial role in preventing and treating Ebola:

  • In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, International Medical Corps continues to invest in surveillance efforts, ensuring that new Ebola cases and chains of transmission are quickly identified and isolated.
  • Develop Africa is supporting 22 Ebola-affected children, who are excited to be working on their education after the crisis shut schools for nine months last year.
  • THINK also continues to support children affected by the outbreak in Liberia with basic necessities and schooling, and recently hosted “Clowns Without Borders” to bring joy to more than 1,000 children.

Because you have supported the fight against Ebola through the GlobalGiving Fund and helped communities become more resilient in the face of potential future outbreaks, I would like to invite you to a special event: From The Front Lines: GlobalGiving Disaster Response Panel.

Support from GlobalGiving donors like you has made it possible for our nonprofit partners to provide immediate and long-term relief for communities impacted by the Ebola outbreak, earthquakes in Japan, Ecuador, and Nepal, and the Syrian refugee crisis. At this event you’ll have the opportunity to hear first-hand experiences from staff who were on the ground during disasters, including. one who used technology to find homes for children orphaned by the Ebola epidemic.

From The Front Lines: GlobalGiving Disaster Response Panel
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Time: 06:00 pm EDT (Find this time in your city).
Location: You can join in person at GlobalGiving’s DC office, or watch online.

Please RSVP by May 17th. Click here to learn more and RSVP.

Thank you for your previous and ongoing support. We look forward to seeing you on May 18th!

Isata participating in WeOwnTV
Isata participating in WeOwnTV's Story Challenge

Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone were declared Ebola-free in 2015, however, a few more cases have emerged in 2016. Last week in Liberia, a woman contracted the virus and passed away leaving her five-year-old son who has also become infected. GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners in West Africa have worked tirelessly to bring the number of Ebola cases to zero and to support the survivors and communities.

Your donations have helped organizations on the ground make great strides toward ending this crisis. Since our last report, eight organizations received additional funding from GlobalGiving donors to work on Ebola prevention and recovery programs:

Accountability Lab is using film to improve awareness and understanding about the impacts of Ebola and to improve accountability of the response.

AdvocAid is delivering legal aid and welfare packages to 315 women and girls affected by the Ebola crisis.

Greatest Goal Ministries USA is supporting 30 survivors and widows, 14 orphanages, and 28 primary community schools in Sierra Leone.

GAIA Vaccine Foundation is creating and distributing ‘storytelling cloth’ to educate about Ebola in Sierra Leone.

MindLeaps is providing meal support for 1,000 people for six months in Kindia, Guinea.

Seed Programs International is providing vegetable seeds, tools, and training to 2,500 Ebola-impacted people in Liberia.

Kidsave International is helping to deinstitutionalize 65 Ebola orphans and train families to receive them in Pugehun, Sierra Leone, and to expand the use of a mobile app with the government to track Sierra Leonean Ebola orphans' statuses.

WeOwnTV is launching a documentary story challenge with filmmakers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to help amplify local voices telling the story of the Ebola crisis within the West African indigenous media sector.

Donors like you also supported our nonprofit partners’ ongoing work in West Africa through a matching campaign. GlobalGiving provided a 1:1 match on donations made to our partners’ projects during this campaign. Hundreds of donors around the world came together to raise more than $200,000 for more than 40 organizations working to fight Ebola.

Thank you for contributing to the GlobalGiving Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund to support our nonprofit partners working in Ebola-affected communities in West Africa. Click “give now” below to continue programs like these in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

Photo by Solon Foundation
Photo by Solon Foundation

Over the weekend, the World Health Organization announced the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia is officially over. After having gone 42 days without any Ebola patients (twice the incubation period), the country is free of the virus that claimed more than 4,900 lives.

We are so incredibly thankful for your support. You helped fund more than 30 locally-driven organizations that responded to the crisis. You helped provide necessary medical equipment to doctors and health workers treating patients. You helped deliver Ebola prevention kits to limit the spread of the virus. You helped raise public awareness of the virus, not only through informational PSA campaigns in Liberia, but through your own social networks to get more support for this important cause.

You helped achieve this important milestone and the people of Liberia thank you for your generous support.

But the fight is not over.  Sierra Leone and Guinea are still experiencing new cases of Ebola, and Liberia is now beginning the long road to rebuilding their health system for long term resilience.  This week we are sending an additional half a million dollars in funding to 14 organizations in West Africa working to achieve these goals.

  • everyday gandhis - To preserve community cohesion, healing, and provide long-term healthcare support in Liberia.
  • Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia - To support the construction of new facility in Kakata, Liberia that complies with new triage requirements, houses an in-clinic lab for basic tests, and has a workspace for community health workers.
  • Imani House - To support the Imani House Clinic's two-year sustainability plan, including creating a mobile health unit, carrying out community outreach and education, building a triage room in the clinic, and procuring additional medical supplies and equipment.
  • IsraAid - To expand IsraAid’s psychosocial support program from Sierra Leone into Liberia.
  • Last Mile Health - To contribute to rebuilding the health system in Liberia by recruiting, training, supporting, and incentivizing community health workers in over 150 communities.
  • Lifeline Energy - To build and ship 230 Polaris Plus radio units so that residents in Eastern Sierra Leone can listen to programing about health and education.
  • Touch the Nations - To provide housing and care for 30 children orphaned by Ebola in Sierra Leone.
  • Friends of UNFPA - To restore confidence in Liberia's health infrastructure and to ensure access to maternal health services.
  • Greatest Goal Ministries - To build a triage room in a Freetown clinic so that it can reopen for to provide regular health care to community residents.
  • Vision Awake Africa for Development - To provide support for orphans and Ebola survivors in Liberia.
  • WeOwnTV - To support a team of Sierra Leonean filmmakers and journalists to create a "Life After Ebola" media campaign.
  • AdvocAid - To provide increased legal assistance related to Sierra Leone's Ebola outbreak and subsequent State of Emergency.
  • Develop Africa - To allow 100 teenage girls who became pregnant when schools were closed during the Ebola crisis to continue their education.
  • West Point Women for Health and Development - To provide psychosocial support, assistance to Ebola survivors and orphans, and post-Ebola community rebuilding.

As always, we will continue to update you on the impact your donation is making to get to zero cases in West Africa and help rebuild Ebola-affected countries for the long term.

We know that every donation has a story, so we wanted to leave you with this one about a group of women in Liberia you helped support who fought Ebola and are now giving to earthquake survivors in Nepal.  Thank you again for your generosity.

Photo by Imani House
Photo by Imani House
Photo by WeOwnTV
Photo by WeOwnTV
 

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