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Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone

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Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Build 3rd floor on Ebola orphanage in Sierra Leone
Ebola orphans
Ebola orphans

The Bonnie Memorial Children’s Home (BMCH) located at Kondie Farm is going up gradually.  The retaining wall is completed and the next phase (roof, plaster, paint, electrical, plumbing, appliances, kitchen, and furniture) is about to start. Even more exciting, this month we contacted some of the Ebola orphans who will eventually stay at the home. Our team worked with various groups, centers and homes to locate these Ebola orphans. They are presently with caretaker parents and live in various communities around the city of Freetown. All of the children are on scholarship at the Imatt school until the orphanage is completed and they can move in.

Thank you for supporting the BMCH buliding project to provide shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and education for these children.   The project is still ongoing and when it is completed we will need to support them long-term, so please consider becoming a monthly partner to this project. For more information, click the link below.

Retaining Wall
Retaining Wall

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Plan for Children's Home
Plan for Children's Home

We are excited to report that the scope of the Ebola Children's home is increasing!  Due to the need to house more children, we are planning to add a third level to this home.  We are also planning to create a library and hopefully a computer lab for the children.  Construction is progressing well; the foundation and first level are completed and the team is working to add the second level now.

As the scope of the project expands, the needs increase.  We are soliciting additional funds to allow for construction of the third level, asking for donations of books or used computer equipment to outfit the library, and are also looking for people who would be willing to provide a $100 scholarship to send a child to school for a year.

Would you consider donating to this need?  For information on how to contribute books or computer equipment, please see the link below.

Thank you again for your support of this project.

Blueprint of Children's home
Blueprint of Children's home
Blueprint of Children's Home (2)
Blueprint of Children's Home (2)

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We are continuing the construction progress for the Children's Home for Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone.  We have purchased granite to build the retaining wall and to make lintels to support the windows and door frames. The builders are molding blocks and building up the walls.  As the construction continues, we are beginning to think about the children who will occupy the home.  They have been through so much, and we are excited to finish their new home as soon as we can. Our focus during the build has been trying to understand the aftermath of Ebola on the regular citizens of that country. Please click on the link at the bottom of this article for more insight to everyday life in Ebola-affected areas of Sierra Leone.

Thank you for your continued support of this project.  

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The Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone is winding down.  Liberia was officially declared Ebola-free in early September, and the country of Sierra Leone was hoping to follow suit.  On August 24, President Ernest Bai Koroma held a ceremony of dancing and joy to celebrate the hospital discharge of what was thought to be the country's last known Ebola patient. Although the government of Sierra Leone was reporting no new Ebola cases at that time, four new cases were confirmed in the following weeks.  The last Ebola patient in Sierra Leone was released from the hospital on September 28, but the country will not be declared free of the virus until the UN World Health Organization (WHO) confirms that 42 days of no confirmed cases has passed.  

We continue the process of building the orphanage to care for the youngest and most vulnerable survivers of the epidemic.  The orphanage, called the Bonnie Seigel Memorial Children's Home, is expected to be completed in the coming months.  The walls are going up!

Thank you for your continued support of this project.

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New Ebola cases in Sierra Leone have dropped dramatically over the past several months.  In May, the country saw only four new cases and five deaths.  Many of the country's twelve districts have gone three months with no new cases of Ebola.  As a result, travel in and out of the country is starting to resume, and all of the schools have been reopened.

The work on the Ebola Children’s Home in Kondie Farm, Sierra Leone is going well .The first phase of the project includes construction of a retaining wall, which is almost completed. After the retaining wall is finished, the floors will be leveled and a concrete foundation will be poured. 

We have attached a financial report which details the current funds received for this project through Global Giving, along with an itemized list of the expenditures so far. The project is on schedule for an October completion.

Thank you again for your generous support of this project!  Through your contributions, you are making a difference in the lives of children orphaned by Ebola.


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Touch the Nations

Location: Omaha, NE - USA
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Project Leader:
Mariah Seigel
Omaha, NE United States
$23,104 raised of $53,000 goal
 
182 donations
$29,896 to go
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