BENEFITING: LIFTING LIBERIA INC
"Today, there is not one single bed available for the treatment of an Ebola patient in the entire country of Liberia," Margaret Chan, the World Health Organization's director-general, said on September 16, 2014. "As soon as a new Ebola treatment facility is opened, it immediately fills to overflowing with patients."
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is the worst since the virus was discovered in 1976. In Liberia, more people have lost their lives to the virus this year than in all the years since Ebola's discovery combined.
On September 25th, Lifting Liberia -- a Salt Lake City-based NGO working to improve education options for Liberian children after the country's public education sector was devastated in a 14 year civil war -- lost its cofounder, Napoleon Brathwaite, to Ebola.
Schools are closed, people are dying, and over 3700 Liberian children have lost one or both parents to Ebola, according to UNICEF. These children are then stigmatized and shunned, believed to be possible outbreak threats. So Lifting Liberia is working to bring medical supplies, clothes, and books to Liberian children for the duration of the crisis.
From Lifting Liberia's website (www.liftingliberia.org):
"As the situation escalates it is becoming increasing difficult to bring food and supplies in from the outside. The people of Liberia are facing a collapsing healthcare infrastructure and food shortages. WHO has requested that Lifting Liberia do what it can to alleviate the situation. In response, we are putting together an emergency project to bring supplies to Liberia to help with this ongoing disaster. With schools closing, medical infrastructure collapsing, and people in panic and distress, Liberia is facing its greatest risk in years of returning to the post-civil war chaos.
Borders have been closed, and the entire country now faces isolation. However, we will be working closely with Liberia’s National Commissioner in finding ways to get necessary medical supplies into the country. A huge issue of concern is of course not only caring for people infected, but providing relief for those the disease has left behind. Right now we are looking to secure funds to provide relief for the children of Liberia orphaned by Ebola. $20 is enough to feed a child for a month, and every donation goes to helping provide find shelter and necessities for children whose lives have been devastated by the disease."
More about what is happening in Liberia with ebola: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29516663