Musu Flomo, Liberia, April, Alison Wright 2014
Musu Flomo in her kitchen garden in Gbarnga, Liberia on April 25, 2014. Musu received her seeds, watering can and training from BRAC. She grows okra, peppers, cassava, and watermelon for her family and to sell in the market. BRAC is working to stop Ebola so farmers like Musu can continue their work.
The Ebola outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone has been catastrophic, putting a severe strain on already over-burdened and under-resourced health care systems. BRAC staff were some of the first responders, distributing disinfectant, chlorine as well as providing educational materials such as flyers, posters, and broadcasting radio jingles about preventative measures. Global Giving donors were instrumental in supporting these efforts. To find out more about how we are combating Ebola, see the links below.
Due to travel bans and restrictions on public gatherings, BRAC was forced to temporarily halt programming, including its agriculture and livestock operations, in August. BRAC offices reopened in September and programs are being modified, adjusting to government restrictions during this state of emergency. Luckily, BRAC offices, residences, poultry and seed farms have been found in good condition, although marketplaces are not yet operating as usual.
These closed markets and disruptions in food supply have caused devastating shortages in both Liberia and Sierra Leone. BRAC’s emergency response plan complements the efforts of the World Food Program by distributing food and other necessary supplies to quarantined households.
BRAC asks that you keep in your thoughts the families of farmers, community health promoters, mentors, staff, and volunteers who have lost their lives combatting this deadly disease.
Please support our emergency response plan by visiting the links below.