Care Packages for Sierra Leone's Healthcare Workers by PW232
Organized by: Roselynn Lewis
Roselynn Lewis via Crowdrise
August 20, 2014
Today( September 16, 2014) a representative group from PW232 visited the Mabasseneh- St John of God Catholic Hospital and donated 25 baskets to the staff at the hospital including medical and support staff.. During their visit the Doctor In charge took them round the facility which was very peaceful and calm.
Kindly find photos from the visit as part of our photo gallery.
Thanks to your generosity we have been able to deliver care packages to Connaught hospital. Meet some of the men and women working in the Ebola isolation ward at Connaught Hospital. (see pictures)
Sewa (young man in the blue nurses uniform) is still a nursing student. When I asked Sewa why he was at the hospital he replied, "We all want to fin...d a way to help. I also really want to learn."
Nurses, cleaners, even security guards got care packages. The security guard explained he was overwhelmed with the kindness.
"I've been kicked out of my home. They said I can't come back because of where I am working. So this package will go a long way. Thank you!"
A huge THANKS to the King team at Connaught Hospital for assisting PowerWomen232 in coordinating the donations and ensuring they get into the hands of the people working everyday in the isolation unit. There are several people volunteering their time to ensure Sierra Leoneans get the assistance needed.
Some didn't want to be photographed for fear of stigmatization. These are some downsides of this disease.
These are our National Heroes and they deserve the thanks. Let's all continue to pray for them.
Update: Our efforts to deliver to Dr. Cole's office were not possible as it has been shut down. We will continue to donate to healthcare workers until we run out of supplies.
When PowerWomen 232 launched its response to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak --"All Hands on Deck," PW232 just wanted to pool its own resources together and make a donation of care packages. Then we partnered with Radio Democracy 98.1 to help spread the word. The response we got from our support networks have blown us away. This has inspired us to do more.
So far we have received $1042.90 USD (Le5,042,000.00) in donations and prepared about 20 care packages (we still have supplies for about 10 more, and we have recieved in kind donations) for the families of our fallen healthcare hero's and the healthcare workers at the Emergency Treatment Centers in Kenema and Kailahun. I am proud to say our first set of care packages have been delivered in Kenema.
On the heels of this success, we would like to donate more care packages to more healthcare workers at medical facilities where there have been new cases such as the Ola During Children's Center, The late Dr. Cole's ward at Connaught Hospital, 34 at Wilberforce and more.
The Ebola outbreak is everyone's problem. Donate funds for care packages. Let's say 'tenki' (thank you), we appreciate you, God will bless you for your sacrifices to our health care workers and families.
Let's come together and fight Ebola.. because its is possible.
What: The donation of funds for care packages for:
1. Healthcare workers and their families.
2. Families of healthcare workers who have lost their lives on the front line.
Why: Everyone can make a difference. Each citizen and friend of Sierra Leone can make a strategic difference in ending the Ebola Virus Outbreak.
Items to be purchased with funds: Soap, Toothpaste, Teak, Milk, Sardine, Ovaltine, Sugar, Luncheon Meat, Cheese, Juice, Biscuits, Sweets, Lucozade, Glucose biscuit, Quaker Oats, Maggi, Black Eye Beans, Corn Pap, Salt, thank you cards, baskets and clear plastic wrap. (In kind donations accepted as well) Drop off Locations are 1. Radio Democracy Office - 7 Upper Waterloo Street; 2. 36 Lightfoot Boston Street; 3. 23 Pademba Road (downstairs).
Who is PW232: PowerWomen 232 is a newly formed network for women professionals in Sierra Leone. The network aims to bring professional women together to promote career advancement, leadership development of women entrepreneurs and professionals in all fields through networking, professional development, leadership, social events and community service.
Your PowerWomen 232 Team - Alitta Ansu-Katta, Ajara Bomah, Isata Claye, Isata George-Sankoh, Asmaa James, Henrietta Johnson, Manja Kargbo, Fanny Koroma, Joe Koroma-Oyewole, Roselynn O. Lewis, Harriet Mason, Ariana Oluwole, Christine Sesay, Fatima Sesay, Yeniva Sisay-Sogbeh, Nicky Spencer-Coker, Laura Williams.