During a long weekend of being “locked down” Sierra Leone used their 30,000 health care workers and volunteers to go door to door to get an accurate count of the health status of the nation and educate people on how to protect themselves from Ebola. As the crisis continues in West Africa we thank God for the courageous efforts of our team on the ground in Sierra Leone.
In the community of Kamayama, where our partner Transitional Home El-Shaddai is located, everyone is afraid. Seminars are held teaching kids about preventive measures regarding the disease and every precaution is being done to keep them safe and protected within the compound.
Recently Dorothea, one of our local heroes, shared this reality with us. “A girl from Kamayama went to the provinces to attend her mother’s funeral, not knowing that she died from Ebola. She returned with a fever, her father noticed this and called the health emergency number. They then took her for treatments and quarantined the family for twenty one days. Thank God she is back and among the lucky ones that responded to treatment. Yet now the family faces stigma and further isolation.“
We are so thankful for Dorothea’s sensitivity and commitment to protect our children and be a positive community influence, helping to keep everyone healthy, free of fear and stigma. The challenges are daunting. Prayers for the nations of West Africa need to be in our hearts each day as our partners work to protect these children.
Dorothea needs our help as we continue to bring in extra supplies to feed 60 additional children brought from the streets. Please take a minute and donate today!