BENEFITING: JENEBA PROJECT INC
EVENT DATE: Aug 31, 2016
Over the past year, we witnessed devastating Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The WHO has declared the International Health Emergency over, but the disease left a death toll of approximately 11, 323 people. A better vaccine has not been found and risks of the disease reemerging remain high.
Ebola is the agent of these deaths and suffering, but poverty is the real culprit. The ebola virus was difficult to contain because the three countries that were most affected are also among the poorest in the world. Before the outbreak of ebola, Sierra Leone already had one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in world, malaria was a common killer, and poor sanitation produced regular outbreaks of cholera and diarrhea. Ebola has now become one of the many crises Sierra Leone and its neighbors have to deal with.
Illiteracy was a major obstacle to containing the ebola virus. It was difficult for health workers to break through walls of superstitious beliefs to convey scientific methods of prevention that could have saved more lives. Sierra Leone has a literacy rate of 48% due to lack of school attendance or dropout. Children drop out of school for lack of school fees, uniforms, textbooks, and other financial difficulties. Another major problem is teacher absenteeism as a result of irregular payment of salaries.
Now that the ebola emergency is almost over, the Jeneba Project is preparing to revive its work in Sierra Leone. We are fundraising to complete a high school that will:
- Provide free secondary education to children in Sierra Leone
- Pay teachers regularly
- Provide a dignified learning environment by providing toilets, water, clean spaces, etc.
- Build descent and durable educational facilities for students
- Incorporate technological and online learning infrastructure
- Promote leadership through service-learning, volunteering and community service
Your donations will go towards:
- Completing the school building
- Teacher salaries
We believe that communities can find solutions to their problems if offered the proper tools. Education, as Nelson Mandela said, is the great engine of personal development. With your support, we can prepare young Sierra Leoneans for future leadership responsibilities.
We are counting on you. Thank you so much for your support!