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Fund for African Relief and Education: Ebola Emergency Fund

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THE STORY:

We are raising money for the FARE Ebola Emergency Fund (EEF). FARE is an all-volunteer 20 year-old charity based in Silver Spring, MD USA and founded by returned Peace Corps Volunteers. All donations are tax deductible. 100% of donated funds go to beneficiaries except for the two percent Moneygram money transfer fees. Funds are used in Liberia and Sierra Leone where FARE has worked for many years. See our website www.farehelps.org for more information and our ebola strategy statement (summarized below). You can donate on the site via paypal or mail a check to FARE, PO Box 7265, Silver Spring MD 20907 USA. Since September 26, 2014 we have raised $43,000 and are hoping that crowdrise might expand our outreach to meet our initial goal of $50,000 by December 31, 2014.,

Ebola Emergency Fund Strategy Statement (Summary - please see website for more: www.farehelps.org and also www.facebook.com/FAREhelps.)

Our strategy is simple. We deliver life-saving emergency funds directly and immediately into the hands of poor heads of households who are confronting Ebola at their door-step. We know hundreds of them personally* and have reliable Sierra Leonean and Liberian partners with whom we have worked  for years on the ground delivering aid rapidly.

 This does not require studies or field visits.  There are no overhead costs, no vehicles to be purchased for expatriate advisors, no per diems to be paid and no offices to rent.

 Emergency relief can be delivered within minutes using Moneygram

 Local media and many courageous individuals are spreading the word about the use of gloves and disinfectants, safe burial practices, protective gear for caregivers, etc.  But those we target lack the purchasing power to cope with the combined impact of these extra costs and rapidly rising staple food costs.

What is needed is direct help NOW  for families at immediate risk from this still accelerating epidemic.

 

Household selection criteria include to: be located in an ebola hot zone; be known to have very low income; and be willing to accept grants as a household, not individually, so children, women and men all benefit. Our initial priority is to protect current FARE grantees by providing funds for sanitation and nutrition and where possible evacuating people to safer locations.

 

Please donate what you can or make a monthly pledge to assist one family.  If you wish, we can even put you in direct phone and/or email contract with the beneficiary family.

 

Note: * Extensive personal contacts exist since three FARE Board members are of Sierra Leonean origin (FARE President Sahr Mbayo, Chris Smythe-Macauley and Kwame Fitzjohn) plus FARE Ebola Emergency Fund Coordinator and Board member, Gary Walker, lived and worked in Sierra Leone for 14 years, including as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the 1960s.  Mr. Walker also worked in Liberia from 2011-2013 and two other Board members (Andrew Gilboy and Felipe Tejeda) work often in Liberia on USAID projects.

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