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Help Children Orphaned by Ebola

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Bloomberg.com reported on August 19th, 2014: Orphans whose families were killed by Ebola are becoming a tragic legacy of the deadly outbreak in four West African nations, say relief organizations struggling to care for the children who may themselves be infected.  

They are “the poorest of the poor,” said Father Jorge Crisafulli of the nonprofit Catholic organization Salesian Missions. 

Feeding the children and providing adequate medical care will be an increasing problem. “We are asking the government what they can do,” Crisafulli said in an e-mail. “But they told us that it is very little.”

Because so many health-care workers have been affected by the outbreak, many children aren’t getting vaccinated for other diseases, and fear of Ebola is keeping many away from medical centers.

“This emergency goes beyond Ebola itself,” Sheldon Yett of Unicef said. “We need to ensure that children don’t die from preventable diseases because they’re not getting the support they need from health centers.

“The money has been slow in coming in,” Unicef’s Yett said. “The government of Liberia needs tremendous support. They’re facing an extremely challenging situation here.”

Why did I choose UNICEF for donations?

  • UNICEF is helping to prevent further spread of the disease in seven countries—Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali and Gambia
  • UNICEF has reached 5.5 million people in West Africa with vital Ebola prevention information and supplies
  • UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other
  • 91% of every dollar donated to UNICEF goes directly to assist children



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