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
door-to-door distribution health supplies
door-to-door distribution health supplies

Here is a quick update and thank YOU vdeo that we just received last night.  

A week ago in partnership with Door of Hope, we distributed soap and Dettol disinfectant to the Wellington Community in Freetown.  Christina, on behalf of Door of Hope, extends her profound appreciation to Global Giving and Develop Africa for providing health supplies – soap and Dettol disinfectant.  Special thanks also goes to the Paul G. Allen Foundation for a matching grant that made this possible.  

Christiana also appeals for your support towards provision of basic food items for the upcoming 3-day lock down. The Sierra Leonean government has ordered people to stay inside their homes for 3 days from the 19th to the 21st September to help curb the spread of Ebola. Many Sierra Leoneans live on a day-to-day basis and 3 days will be a challenge. 

We are embarking on a food distribution program in the Wellington community where we will be bagging and distributing rice, cooking oil, tomatoes, onions, Maggi (spices) and a little cash to buy fish. This will be primarily to people who survive on daily sales – petty traders, the unemployed and aged people in the community.

We welcome your support towards this venture that will make the difference between food on the table and starvation.  Your donation of $10 will provide food supplies for 1 family during this period. Thanks for your support. 

community gladly receives health supplies
community gladly receives health supplies
ensuring kids know how to keep themselves safe
ensuring kids know how to keep themselves safe
teaching kids on health and cleanliness
teaching kids on health and cleanliness
door to door sensitization
door to door sensitization

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Dr. Fofanah - Minister of Health and Sanitation
Dr. Fofanah - Minister of Health and Sanitation

We are excited to share with you a brief video message from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

In the video, Dr. Abubakar Fofanah, the Minister of Health and Sanitation expresses appreciation on behalf of the President, Government and people of Sierra Leone for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donation that YOU helped provide for health workers.  The large box of PPE, that we sent by DHL, included gloves, coveralls, hoods, goggles and protective respiratory masks).

Dr. Fofanah says in the video - "On behalf of His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the Government and the people of Sierra Leone, I want to take this opportunity to extend a very big "Thank You" to Develop Africa For this generous gesture. We can assure them that this donation will be used for the intended purpose. We look forward to an even stronger and better working relationship with them, now and in the future. Thank you very much!

This would not have been possible without your kind support.  Our efforts are warmly appreciated and clearly making a difference in saving the lives of precious health workers.  

We are actively working on our next and larger shipment and most of the supplies have arrived here in Tennessee.  We will have an update on this in the 1-2 weeks.  There is still a desperate need for PPE.

Thanks so much for your kind and on-going assistance!

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Thanks GlobalGiving for making this possible!
Thanks GlobalGiving for making this possible!

Delighted to report that on Tuesday August 19th, we DHL air shipped a very large box stuffed with personal protective equipment for health workers - see photos.  These supplies should be in use within 10 days - all things being well.  

Because of YOUR support, guaranteed help will get there very soon.  Thanks sooooo much!

What we have together done in such a short period of time is amazing.   We are actively working, monitoring the situation and ensuring we provide targeted and effective help.  Thanks so much for caring and supporting our efforts to address the situation in West Africa.  

SOS: Help is still desperately needed as you can see from this link - World leaders 'failing to help' over Ebola outbreak in Africa.

Let's make Ebola history together!!

large box stuffed with protective equipment
large box stuffed with protective equipment
Goggles to keep eyes safe
Goggles to keep eyes safe
DHL pickup van and box with supplies you provided
DHL pickup van and box with supplies you provided
Your supplies loaded and ready to go
Your supplies loaded and ready to go

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Ebola awareness poster
Ebola awareness poster

Here a quick update on what we have been able to do so far with your support.  

In partnership with Door of Hope, we embarked on a door-to-door Ebola Prevention campaign in the Upper Mellon Street and Upper Beccle Street Community (Wellington / Freetown, Sierra Leone) on the 10th of August 2014.   The campaign had a dual focus because we realized that the community needed both information and also the supplies to help keep themselves safe - soap for washing of hands, Dettol for disinfecting water (added to water in buckets when taking baths).

  1. Ebola Awareness – ensure the community had information about the deadly Ebola virus.  The team shared information on preventive steps that community members could take to keep themselves safe from infection.
  2. Distribution of health / cleansing items.  The team distributed soap to 238 adults, youths and children.  98 bottles of Dettol disinfectant were given to family heads / heads of households.    This was in direct response to the expressed need for assistance in this area.

The beneficiaries expressed their thanks to GlobalGiving donors for caring so much and helping to ensure that they are safe at this difficult time in their history.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Health Workers Update: We received a 2nd and larger batch of supplies - see photo.  We are currently awaiting a final set of coveralls which should arrive today, Monday.  

We anticipate that our first air shipment of a very large box should leave Tennessee on Tuesday August 19th.  

I sent the photos of the PPE supplies that we have acquired so far to the Chief Medical Officer in Sierra Leone.  On Saturday, I talked with him on the phone with and he was very appreciative of what we have done so far.  He sent me a follow up text message where he described our gesture so far as "tremendous"!  He confirmed a definite, on-going need for equipment and I requested an updated wish list.  

It is because of YOUR support that we have been able to make such significant progress - meeting the most important, expressed needs.  

It is truly heart-warming and exciting to be a part of stopping this epidemic.

Your support is making a difference!  Thanks so much!

dettol and soap distributed
dettol and soap distributed
2nd batch of supplies received
2nd batch of supplies received
PPE
PPE
boxes of supplies received
boxes of supplies received
community members
community members

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Coveralls
Coveralls

We wish to say a very special "thank you" to YOU for supporting the global efforts to stop the Ebola epidemic.  From reports that we have received, the citizens in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cameroon are very appreciative of your concern and support.  Thanks so much.

Her are a couple updates on the local situation in Sierra Leone.  

  • Sadly, another doctor passed away yesterday, Thursday - see story here.  
  • China-aided emergency humanitarian anti-Ebola medical materials have been airlifted to Sierra Leone - Read more

Stark Reality: Unfortunately, we have reliably heard that health workers have been staying away from work because they do not feel safe - with little or inadequate protective equipment.  Their absence from work is affecting other patients who may be sick for other reasons. In other words, there is still a dire need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  

We are together thankfully responding to this desperate need.  The protective gear that we are providing is literally life-saving!

Thanks to YOUR support, we have ordered a wide range of supplies (PPE) - see list below).  Yesterday, Thursday, some of these supplies (some coveralls and some nose / mouth masks - see included photos) arrived at our office in Tennessee.  More supplies are expected to arrive today, Friday and Monday, next week. We plan to air ship the items by DHL (the fastest method) early next week.  We will provide another update and photos next week showing the shipment - 1 very large box.

  • Coveralls - whole body
  • Mouth / Nose masks
  • Boot  / shoe covers
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Hoods

This will help provide the needed protecting for our brave health workers.

You can further help by:

Thanks so much for helping to end this Ebola epidemic!  We deeply appreciate YOU!.

nose and mouth masks
nose and mouth masks
N95 particulate filter respirator & surgical masks
N95 particulate filter respirator & surgical masks
full length Tychem coverall
full length Tychem coverall
N95 particulate filter respirator & surgical mask
N95 particulate filter respirator & surgical mask
masks
masks
full length Tychem QC coveralls
full length Tychem QC coveralls

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Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
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Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States

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