Empowering Ebola Orphans in Sierra Leone

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Empowering Ebola Orphans in Sierra Leone
Empowering Ebola Orphans in Sierra Leone
Empowering Ebola Orphans in Sierra Leone
Empowering Ebola Orphans in Sierra Leone
4 Ebola Orphans
4 Ebola Orphans

Dear Project Supporters,

A silent and huge repercussion of the Ebola crisis is the emergence of Ebola orphans.  Ebola orphans are defined as children below the age of 18 who, due to the Ebola epidemic, have lost the primary earner or bread-winner in the family. In many homes, both parents have passed away due to Ebola.

Over the past 3-4 months, through YOUR support, we have been taking care of several Ebola orphans - 4 of them pictured.  Thanks to your support, we are providing on-going food, maintenance, counselling, rehabilitation and support.

From a long term perspective, Ebola orphans are dealing with the emotional loss of losing their parents and or siblings, insecurity, displacement, uncertainty about their future and abandonment, to name a few. A failure to reach out and help these orphans could result in them ending up in crime, teenage pregnancy / marriage, prostitution and other undesirable situations. Orphan girls who are left to fend for themselves could eventually go into early marriage.  Some could end up as prostitutes. The orphan boys could become petty thieves or robbers.

The critical need that these orphans are facing right now is stable, on-going housing.  In response to this need, we have undertaken the onus of providing an orphanage / home for these deserving children. it is our goal to provide a caring home where these orphans will be able to dream again

Good News: Thanks to a grant that we just received from GlobalGiving, we have been able to do the following:

1.  Pay 1 year's rent for a rental property containing 6 rooms (3 small apartments). This property is conveniently located in the Wellington community.  The included photos give you a "before" glimpse into what the building looked like in December.

2.  Start extensive renovations on the property to ensure that is safe and sound for the kids.

This property will provide an excellent start and foundation for these orphans.  It will provide them with a place they can feel secure and cared for; a place they can call home.

We are hoping to launch this home / orphanage by the end of April - assuming everything stays on target with the renovation.  We will keep you updated on progress. Thank you for being a part in significant and this exciting journey.

Would you be interested in helping to provide clothing and other essential supplies for these orphans?  Please let us know and we will provide more information.  We also welcome your on-going support in taking full care of these orphans.

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team  

front view - orphanage building
front view - orphanage building
Building seen on hill side
Building seen on hill side
side and back view - Ebola Orphanage
side and back view - Ebola Orphanage

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Dr Brima Kargbo
Dr Brima Kargbo

You are amazing!  Thanks to your support we have delivered 12,328 PPE items to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone.  

The PPE that we have provided has helped to equip and protect hundreds of Ebola health workers.  We have helped to protect them from infection and potential death.  We have helped to save lives. 

Here is a breakdown of what we have provided.

Disposable gloves.(pairs)....7500
Nose / mouth masks...........1900
Aprons................................. 800
Gowns...................................700
Coveralls (whole body).........444
Hoods.................................. 400
Boot covers.(pairs)...............200
Body bags.............................200
Heavy duty gloves (pairs)......108
Goggles ..................................76

Total .................................12,328

Please take a moment to watch this thank you video from Dr. Brima Kargbo.  In November, he received our 3rd consignment of PPE.

In the video, Dr Kargbo gratefully acknowledges our significant support.  This would simply NOT have been possible without YOUR support.

There is still much more ground to recover - but together we will win.  We will tackle Ebola.  

Thanks for faithfully helping us win this fight!  Yes we can!

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Geraldine - ebola survivor enjoys lunch treat
Geraldine - ebola survivor enjoys lunch treat

Dear friends-

We had previously shared with you the story of the unfortunate passing away of Ruth, a Develop Africa volunteer nurse and the survival of Geraldine. We're super excited today to share with you the follow-up story and video testimonial of Geraldine and the part YOU played!  

Geraldine tells us in her video how Ruth contracted the Ebola virus through a patient and came home with the virus. She explains how 4 family members, including her, additionally became infected with Ebola. She was the only one who survived. 

Geraldine specifically in the video expresses her gratitude to YOUGlobalGiving donors, for your support through this crisis.  Your support enabled us to provide Geraldine and her family with food and moral support during this trying time.

In spite of her pain, Geraldine is grateful to God for surviving Ebola and being a testimony to others.

Watch Geraldine's video testimony and special thanks to GlobalGiving

Included in this report are also photos of a special lunch we organized on October 15 to provide counseling to Geraldine and her siblings - Sahr, Dorcas and Emmanuel.  We continue to provide counselling and full support as they go through a process of healing and develop a future vision.

This family is just one of hundreds of families that have unfortunately lost family members and become Ebola-orphans.  Thanks to your support we are helping to bring restoration and healing.  We welcome your on-going support as we continue to support this family and also assist other orphans. 

family celebrates with Geradline
family celebrates with Geradline
family takes notes and makes individual vision
family takes notes and makes individual vision
Joshua with ebola-orphaned family
Joshua with ebola-orphaned family

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Geraldine holds certificate ebola survivor
Geraldine holds certificate ebola survivor

Ebola is personal and real.  It has been a lot more in international news lately.  Ebola has been even more personal and real to the Develop Africa family.

We regret to inform you about the passing away of a few members of the Door of Hope / Develop Africa Community, in Wellington, Sierra Leone. Ruth Lamin, a nurse (pictured), contracted Ebola at work and passed away in September. She contracted the virus while trying to help a fellow worker in the hospital who was sick. She did not know that this sick worker had contracted the Ebola virus. A test for Ebola was done but the results came after she had already made an effort to save her colleague’s life.  Ruth was actively involved in our Ebola sensitization campaigns held in September. She was completely healthy with no symptoms when she was involved in DA's campaigns.  

Frank (Ruth’s husband), Elizabeth (Ruth’s sister) and Geraldine (Ruth oldest daughter) also got infected with Ebola (through Ruth) and were taken to the Hastings Ebola Treatment Centre.  Unfortunately, Frank and Elizabeth passed away shortly after.  The remaining children and their house were quarantined for 21 days. 

Since the parents were taken away in early September, we have been responsible for and taking care of this orphaned family – brother Sahr, sister Dorcas, cousin Emmanuel, Israel and Israela and two other dependent relatives that Ruth had been caring for. They are thankfully all in good health.  We also sent food items to Geraldine at the Ebola Treatment Center. We received on-going updates that she was doing better and better.

There have been several other deaths in the general community over the past 6 weeks. The people in the community are in a state of extreme fear as people very close to them are losing their lives to Ebola.  Per Joshua, the Director of Door of Hope: “The aftermath of this epidemic would be massive. Bread winners have been cut off from families. Children and dependent relatives are afraid of the future. Ruth was the main provider of her marital home and also for her relatives living in the Kono District in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. We need your prayers and assistance to help get rid of Ebola and afterwards support people affected to live a good life.”  

Good News: As Joshua reports: “The Lamin family was in our prayers. As God would have it Geraldine survived!  Geraldine was yesterday (Monday, October 13th) reunited with her family. Within a period of one month, Geraldine, Dorcas and Sahr became orphans.”  

Geraldine’s survival is one bright ray of light in this sad period.  Geraldine survived and beat Ebola! You can see a photo of her with her discharged certificate from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.   

We continue to be fully responsible for Geraldine and her family - providing them in addition with emotional and moral support as they integrate back into the community.  They extend their deep appreciation to YOU for your kind support (see photo with banner).

Shipping Update:  We have surface / ocean shipped 5 large boxes (3 of PPE for health workers, 2 of school supplies) to Sierra Leone.  These items should arrive in 6 weeks.

The work we are doing is more relevant and important than ever before. Ebola is real. It has personally touched us and we have experienced it.  

Today, October 15th, from 9 am EDT to 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out!) Global Giving will be matching donations up to $1,000 per donor at 30%! There is $75,000 available in matching!   This will help us provide more PPE for health workers.  Thanks so much for your support as we tacke Ebola!

Geraldine is declared Ebola negative
Geraldine is declared Ebola negative
Ruth, Develop Africa volunteer nurse, passes away
Ruth, Develop Africa volunteer nurse, passes away
Thanks GlobalGiving donors!
Thanks GlobalGiving donors!
Ebola-orphaned family and relatives
Ebola-orphaned family and relatives
5 boxes leave Tennessee - 3 with PPE
5 boxes leave Tennessee - 3 with PPE

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Christian, volunteer - Ebola Sensitization
Christian, volunteer - Ebola Sensitization

On September 4th 2014, a 2-pronged "Stop The Spread" Ebola Awareness Campaign took place in the Wellington Community of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Door-to-door sensitization took place with a public address system and distribution of soap and Dettol disinfectant to 400 families.

A total of two hundred families were targeted in the Wellington Hill side community of Upper Beccle Street and Upper Mellon Street respectively. Each family received a bottle of Dettol, gloves and soap. The amount of soap received depended on the family size. The people in our community appreciate your gift in this period of health emergency posed by the Ebola epidemic.

See Video from the Ebola Awaress Campaign

Three hundred and sixty (360) children were taught how to wash their hands properly with soap and water to prevent them from catching the Ebola virus. They were taught to avoid hand shaking to help stop the spread of Ebola. They were also reminded about the importance of staying in school and getting an education. One thousand two hundred (1,200) exercise books were distributed to them, and every child was served food and drinks.

Impact: When some of the kids returned home, they told their parents what they had learned to prevent Ebola from spreading. A boy name Augustine Feika went home and when kids within his compound wanted to hold his hand, he told them “Help me stop the spread of Ebola – no hand shake.”

The distribution of Dettol to family heads and passers-by in the community started later in the afternoon. A total of four hundred (400) bottles of Dettol were distributed to two hundred family heads and two hundred individuals in the community.  A parent said “If this had been the step taken by the Honourables (Government  Representatives) in our community it would have helped a lot.”

Our very special appreciation goes to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and YOU, our GlobalGiving donors for helping to make this possible. The Wellington community appreciates your support during this trying time.


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Ebola Team distributes health supplies community
Ebola Team distributes health supplies community
Providing Ebola health supplies to community
Providing Ebola health supplies to community
Door to door, window to window distribution
Door to door, window to window distribution
Woman happy to receive health supplies
Woman happy to receive health supplies
Ensuring all in community have health supplies
Ensuring all in community have health supplies
Kids learning how to stay safe from Ebola
Kids learning how to stay safe from Ebola
Kids learning about Ebola
Kids learning about Ebola
Soap and better hygiene for all the kids
Soap and better hygiene for all the kids
Kid asks a question about Ebola
Kid asks a question about Ebola

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Sylvester Renner
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