Since 2009, Women of Hope staff have been committed to supporting women with disabilities and their families in Sierra Leone. Women of Hope International’s mission remains the same in light of the Ebola epidemic and the debilitating ripple effects the nation is now experiencing. The Ebola virus is continuing to spread throughout West Africa due to weak health care systems and a lack of basic health education. It is now estimated there are currently five new cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone every hour, however it is extremely difficult to effectively track those currently infected.
Evacuations, quarantines, curfews and new government policies aimed at decreasing the spread of this disease have inadvertently led to the inability to carry on normal everyday functions such as food production. Poverty-stricken Sierra Leone is now facing a food shortage in addition to the Ebola health care crisis, but you can help! While Women of Hope International staff are not providing direct medical care, staff are continuing to provide culturally relevant health education and emergency medical care assistance to some of the most vulnerable in the nation. The Ebola prevention lessons and resources found on our Ebola Resources page have been made available to countless ministries, NGO’s and agencies working to prevent Ebola’s spread, and are being used in over 10 different countries since May.
• Emergency Food Relief
• Orphan and Family Care
• Spiritual and Emotional Care
• Medical Relief
• Grass-roots level community health education
• Psycho-social care
• Ebola orphan support and advocacy
• Educating to decrease Ebola survivor stigma
• Economic empowerment
While Ebola is still present within the country, Women of Hope staff are moving forward in our mission to train women affected with disability as agents of education, hope and healing in their communities. The Ebola epidemic has shed light on the need for basic health education and medical infrastructure throughout the country. As we shift towards recovery, we see that our efforts to train women in health promotion, basic community development and Christian discipleship is needed more than ever. In this new season of Ebola recovery, we see the best way to support women affected by disabilities and the community at large, is to continue in our mission and vision.
What We’ve Done:
• Provided educational materials suited to low literacy levels to the entire region in dozens of languages
• Mobilized community health educators to provide truthful information to the public about recognizing and preventing Ebola
• Partnered with Samaritan’s Purse and World Hope International to bring needed relief supplies to the Northern Province of Sierra Leone and equipped people to prevent the spread of the virus.
• Provided preventative wellness kits to our program participants to help keep them safe
• Provided Ebola training to churches and NGOs in the Makeni area
• Provided emergency relief for any staff or program participants affected by the lack of health care due to the crisis
• Provided weekly emergency food supplement packages to roughly 350 women in our program and the children of those who had died from October through March
• Providing aid to bereaved families in our program who had loved ones succumb to the virus
• Helping support and identify appropriate living situations for orphans left by the women in our program after they have died
Join our Disabling Ebola Campaign!
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You can help support and care for women affected by disability and their familes as we work to disable Ebola. For more information about exactly what Women of Hope International is doing on the ground, please visit our Ebola Response webpage.
Women of Hope is dedicated to growing a movement of prayer for West Africa during this crisis. You can learn how to lift up specific prayer requests by downloading our 21 Day Prayer Guide and encourage others to join with you.
We are trusting God to:
• Raise up 100 Allies in Hope to financially partner with us at $50 a month
• Meet our goal of an additional $40,000 in one-time gifts
Become an Ally in Hope:
Give a one-time gift to help us fight Ebola:
If this fund becomes fully funded and funding is received in excess of the need, the remaining funds will be reallocated to where it is needed the most within the organization. A small portion of these funds will also support the cost of administering this relief effort.
1. Print the “I disabled the power of Ebola” downloadable graphic or make your own.
2. Post a selfie of you holding the graphic on your social media pages. #DisablingEbola @WomenofHopeInt
3. Tag three friends in your post, asking them to do the same. (Be sure to post the Disabling Ebola link for them!)
Together, we can DISABLE THE POWER OF EBOLA in Sierra Leone! Join us today!