After the 2014 Ebola Virus outbreak in Sierra Leone ended, most women survivors who lost their loved ones and their livelihoods do not have the needed support to fully recover. To make matter worse, they live with severe post Ebola symptoms such as depression, eye problems, deafness, joint and muscle pain, headaches, stomach pains, etc. They have no sustainable livelihood means to empower themselves to afford balance diets and medications they need to fully recover. In essence, they have been left alone with no proper support. Government and non-government agencies provide stipends for some of these women. The stipends are not however adequate to cover all their essential needs such as regular balance diets and medication for their recovery. Survivors will have to wait with no meaningful engagement until their next monthly stipend. Most of these women prior to Ebola outbreak were meaningfully engaged undertaking various successful micro businesses but now, survivors have lost their independence and have become extremely vulnerable.
As a local community organization based in Sierra Leone, Women Innovation Center (WIC) is has made a commitment to action under the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) to overcome these challenges. Our CGI U commitment focuses on training women to become technicians in areas that they like and in fields historically regarded as male domain. For example, some of our partner survivors will get training in how to repair and maintenance their own electric current generators to power their homes. Through technical hands on skills training program and entrepreneurial schemes women survivors will get back on their feet, support their families and contribute meaningfully to society, just like they were doing before the Ebola outbreak.
We will be training 100 women survivors of Ebola over the next one year to benefit from these technical programs. Your donation will support:
- 20 women to become electricians
- 25 women to become bricklayers(Masonry)
- 15 women to become professional drivers
- 20 women to become carpenters
- 10 women to become car mechanics/fitters
- 10 women to become professional seamstress
Here are some of the perks you will get when you support us to reach our target amount:
1. You will add your voice to telling the world that every woman is capable of succeeding in every field.
2. Your money will support women survivors to enroll in training centers, have access to tools and rent a safe place where they all can meet regularly in solidarity to share experience and support one another.
3. Your generous donation will be crucial as it will help us win the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment Challenge and give us the platform to tell survivors’ inspiring stories of resilience, to the world in Boston, during the CGI University conference in October.
4. If you are resident in U.S, our fundraiser effort is in patenrship with Edwards Charles Foundation. Therefore, you can legally deduct tax from your donations.
Thank you for supporting this exciting and amazing project for women and helping us win this fundraiser challenge.