The Ebola news in Liberia is cautiously optimistic as new cases continue to dramatically decrease. But, many outside the Ebola zone are asking why the response so cautious versus simply joyful. Liberians know that they have been close to containment before and pray that their country can maintain vigilance until the important moment of containment (42 days after the last death or full recovery).
As the country tries to restore life, one of the most hopeful signs is the Presidential announcement that after six months of no school, schools will reopen in February. This is great news for our Liberian team who can now more carefully watch our children daily, monitoring their health and assuring more consistent nutrition. The opening of schools will also provide an opportunity to reach out to the communities in new ways through community gardens and support of extended families and friends who have taken in the thousands of children left without parents.
In the excitement of another step back to a normal life there are many who still struggle. This story from Kait8 news could be the story of any one of our communities, “‘Ebola has broken down my family. My family members have been dying from Ebola. For now I’m the only father for them. The sisters, the children, I am the only father for them other than God,’…says, an unemployed driver. He’s father to little Benettor and 22 other children of dead relatives, all of them squeezed in here in Kromah’s one-bed home. Kromah used to be a driver. Every day he makes calls hoping to find work, but no one is hiring. Finding food for himself and the children now in his care is a daily struggle.”
As Robert, our National Director of Liberia, and his team continue to support our communities and plan for next steps, they are seeking out the people who have taken on the challenge of caring for newly orphaned children. We will continue to support these families for months to come as they begin to go back to work, reestablish the food supply chain, and overcome the devastation Ebola has caused in Liberia.
We continue to pray for the protection of our Liberian Team and our VisionTrust communities. We give thanks that none of our children have contracted Ebola! We now ask our Lord for the wisdom as to how to best serve our communities moving forward, praying that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Please pray with us and give for the ongoing challenges to support our families.