As we continue to ramp up our distribution of food and disinfecting supplies to our more than 2,000 children, the crisis continues to escalate with the anticipation of thousands more cases in the next few weeks. In the wake of this escalating crisis late last week UNICEF reported, “As efforts to halt the spread of the Ebola virus intensify, UNICEF warns of its far-reaching impact on children. In Liberia, Ebola has severely disrupted health services for children, caused schools to close and left thousands of children without a parent. Children are dying from measles and other vaccine preventable diseases and pregnant women have few places to deliver their babies safely.” UNICEF goes on to address the long-term impact of the devastation, “Over the past decade, Liberia has moved from a country mired in devastating conflict to a country celebrating the highest rate of decline in child mortality in Africa,” said Sheldon Yett, UNICEF’s Representative in Liberia. “Now Ebola is threatening to wipe out all those hard-earned gains for children and for Liberia.”
In a recent phone conversation with Robert, our Liberian National Director, he provided the good news that, to date, our children, teachers, and staff remain safe from Ebola. We give thanks to God for this blessing. He did affirm that the situation continues to deteriorate, but that he is so very thankful for all of your support. Robert went on to share, “…your attempts to help us provide hope, bring us peace. When you are drowning you appreciate even the attempt for someone to throw you anything, a rope, a buoy. Most of all we need your prayers and to know that you have us in your heart.”
As I have worked alongside amazing and heroic people like Robert through the years, I become so humbled and overwhelmed by how God uses them. I know in my heart the one thing I can try to do faithfully is tell their story. I wish I could tell you that the food is moving (it is) and all is going to be fine, but at this point the worse appears yet to come. The time is NOW. We have raised about $15,000, but we know we have months ahead and will likely need over $200,000 dollars to keep our children fed and protected. Please consider giving so we can keep the food moving.
We covet your prayers for Liberia and Sierra Leone.