Ebola Help Project Report
It has been a very difficult year for our people in the Ebola affected West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. At the same time, it was an incredible opportunity for our Community (Sierra Leonean Community of British Columbia) to help and comfort those affected by the disease. We are excited to share with you our successes and stories through our short report. So much of the help we gave is made possible because of your generous support, so thank you. Below is a snapshot of monies we raised through donations and member contributions. In total, we were able to raise $1,000 which was sent to our three-man working committee in Freetown who with the help of Father Phillip Gbao of Don Bosco Mission, in Dwarzak Freetown, were able to buy and deliver food support to 10 quarantined families in Masiaka Town and nearby villages. We thank Father Phillip, Dr. Abubakar Kargbo, Ayodele Betts-Priddy, and Lois Anita Kawa for helping us accomplish this small and humble help to our people. Update on Ebola in Sierra Leone: The Ebola crisis has hospitalized over 9,000 people in West Africa and impacted millions. The disease not only destroys health, it steals families' lives. In November there was an average of 65 new cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone per day. Close to half of these are in the capital of Freetown. The remainder of the cases are spread out through the entire nation. People in Sierra Leone are fear stricken. Even 'regular' diseases (such as malaria) for the country are posing problems because many hospitals are closed for everything but Ebola. All the schools are closed, as are many of the businesses. Many areas are quarantined as well. All of this continues to cause large problems for the people of Sierra Leone, but also for the economy of the country. At this moment Ebola and hunger are the major causes of death. PLEASE continue to PRAY for the people and the country and DONATE funds and/or resources if you feel so moved. Ministry of Health and Sanitation Sierra Leone Ebola data: average number of new cases/day Month Average/day August 20 September 38 November 65 WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP? This is a question we hear almost daily with regards to Ebola. Praying and donating is our best response. By praying for the people of Sierra Leone we are able to offer hope for the people, and the country. We believe that if we work in faith and work together, miracles can and WILL happen. Donations are very much appreciated. The money will go towards helping more families in Sierra Leone. Thank you for your continued support of our young community in BC, and for your prayers and donations for the people in Sierra Leone. Many blessings and Season's Greetings.