WeSurvive: Stories of the Ebola Outbreak

by Mirabel Pictures / WeOwnTV
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WeSurvive: Stories of the Ebola Outbreak
WeSurvive: Stories of the Ebola Outbreak
WeSurvive: Stories of the Ebola Outbreak

Thank you all so much for your generous contributions to WeSurvive. Last Fall we officially delivered the WeSurvive: Stories of the Ebola Outbreak collection to Emory University. The University is still planning a public launch of the materials and we will update you when we know more. Until that time we want to express our gratitude to all of you who have supported the work to date. Thank you to everyone at the WeOwnTV Freetown Media Centre, from the translators to the camera crew, the interviewers, and the editorial staff. 

Most importantly we want to thank all of the interviewees who shared their stories with us, many of them still living in quarantined homes during the interviews, coping with a kind of loss not many have experienced. Thank you for your invaluable contributions, in the words of auntie Sia, ‘our words will not go in vain." 

Here is a link to auntie Sia's interview that was recorded in 2106 in Koidu tow, Kono, Sierra Leone:

https://vimeo.com/679362093/11e611eed6

This will our final report. If you would like to donate to the project again, please click on the 'GIVE NOW' link below. Continued support as we develop educational and engagement strategies for the archive would be most appreciated. 

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With Gratitude,

Banker

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Hello, GlobalGiving community,

Very proud to report that we have officially delivered the WeSurvive: Stories of the Ebola Outbreak collection to Emory University. In the coming weeks, I will have information on the public launch. Until that time I just want to express my gratitude to all of you who have supported the work to date and to everyone one on our team, from the translators to the camera crew, the interviewers, and the editorial staff. But most importantly I want to thank all of the interviewees who shared their stories with us, many of them still living in quaratine homes and coping with a kind of loss not many have experienced. In the words of auntie Sia, 'it will not go in vain." Thank you for your invaluable contributions, I for one, have learned a lot and been incredibly moved by your words. 

Here is a link to auntie Sia's interview that was recorded in 2106 in Koidu tow, Kono, Sierra Leone:

https://vimeo.com/679362093/11e611eed6

If you would like to donate to the project again, please click on the 'GIVE NOW' link below. Continued support as we develop educational and engagement strategies for the archive would be most appreciated. 

To learn more about the project - please visit: https://www.weowntv.org/projects-archive/we-survive

With Gratitude,

Banker

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Hello to our GlobalGiving community,

As we are gearing up for our public launch with Emory University, we are incredibly proud of the work and want to share one of the stories from WeSurvive. Mariama is an Ebola survivor from Kenema, Sierra Leone. This interview is an example of the source material that makes up the WeSurvive: Stories of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak archive.

Watch Mariama's Interview HERE

WeSurvive is a web-based, oral history database that allows users to access a substantial collection of personal video testimonials from Ebola survivors, their family members, and other community members affected by the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak. We believe it is vital that West Africans contribute directly and significantly to the historical record of this global health crisis and help contribute to how the Ebola crisis and the region are understood.

West Africa received unprecedented international press attention after European and American healthcare workers contracted the disease and were diagnosed in their home countries. A preoccupation with the European experience of Ebola created even more distance from a region that hovers on the edges of international attention and understanding. Additionally, local trust in government and foreign aid organizations was lacking, and compliance with recommended health practices came slowly.

It is difficult to build trust and understanding in the pressurized environment of a health disaster. One of our central goals with the project is to add depth and authenticity to how the Ebola crisis is understood through the sharing of personal testimonials. To date, we have nearly a hundred hours of unused footage spread out over more than 80 interviews that are a critically important and tremendously underrepresented part of the historical record of this event.

Please consider another donation to the project as we near the finish line.

To learn more about the project - please visit: https://www.weowntv.org/projects-archive/we-survive

Thank you for your generous support! 

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Arthur distributing ebola public health messaging
Arthur distributing ebola public health messaging

Happy Summer GlobalGiving Community! 

We are excited to let you know that we are coordinating an official announcement and launch event with Emory University for this Fall when the WeSuvive archive goes public - so stay tuned! We continue to be immensely proud of the contribution the WeOwnTV Freetown Media Center made during the Ebola outbreak and the continued effort they are making as they continue to sensitize their community during the COVID era. Even though Sierra Leone continues to struggle to have enough vaccine and oxygen for its residents, recent strides have been made in Ebola vaccinations in reaction to the 20921 outbreak in bordering Guinea. 

"In Sierra Leone, the health authorities rolled out preventive Ebola vaccination as a priority action of its Ebola Outbreak Preparedness and Contingency Plan. The vaccination targeted 16,000 people at high risk such as frontline health workers and communities in border areas."

Here are a couple of articles highlighting COVID struggles and Ebola strides.

We will keep you updated about our upcoming announcement and event this Fall! Thank you for your continued support of this important project.

With gratitude,

Banker


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Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

Thank you for the continued support you have given this project. Many of you also supported SURVIVORS when we began production back in 2014. There is no doubt the lockdown has been making me feel nostalgic - and I've decided to just embrace it - so this report is going to be filled with links and sharing. 

This first link showcases the original ebola survivors interviews we used in SURVIVORS. Most of them were filmed in Fall 2014, at the very start of the outbreak: https://vimeo.com/250981735

The rawness and honesty of the material felt so different from how we were learning about Ebola here in the US. And, now, as we are nearing final delivery of the WeSurvive oral histories archive to Emory University, I am so proud of the depth and nuance that these interviews will be adding to the historical record. To date, we have filmed and translated nearly a hundred hours of material, containing more than 80 interviews with Ebola survivors, family members, and West African frontline workers. 

Watching these testimonials again, now, still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been a very powerful experience. On the one hand, I am saddened that the Ebola outbreak did not act to inspire more preparedness for the pandemic we are experiencing now. Interesting also to revisit Bill Gate’s TedTalk from 2015 speaking on this very thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Af6b_wyiwI( I know excerpted clips were used from this in last year’s new cycle, but interesting if you want to indulge some pandemic-themed nostalgia.) But on the other hand, I am also struck with how much of the material celebrates stories of survival: https://vimeo.com/400429392

I also want to express my gratitude to the incredible Sierra Leonean filmmakers who have been our collaborators more than a decade as a part of the WeOwnTV program. It has been a privilege to watch their careers grow and have them evolve into the true industry leaders that they are. I also have been struck with the compassion and outpouring of love and support I have received from them as we deal with our own experience of this COVID-19 outbreak, political turmoil, and the tragedy of personal loss. :

Here is a link that details some of the COVID-19 related educational efforts the team has been involved with. Includes a message of hope from Arthur that he recorded as our lockdown began last year in 2020: https://www.weowntv.org/covid19

Congrats SURVIVORS cameraman and WeOwnTV fellow Tyson, who directed a powerful documentary just released by BBC AfricaEye https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYmXKVX4-Ws

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