BENEFITING: ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF MARKET WOMENSFUND
More than 3,400 people in Liberia have contracted the Ebola virus since March 2014, according to the WHO. Including Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the total is over 6,500 of whom 3,000 have died, making this the biggest outbreak on record. Liberia has been the worse hit and the virus continues to spread due to lack of sanitation, poor health care conditions and lack of human and capital resources. While this is not a problem restricted to these affected countries, it is the lack of resources and the presence in highly populated areas that caused the virus to spiral.
The Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund (SMWF), a 501(c) non-profit, is an international, independent, charitable organization committed to restoring the livelihoods of Liberian market women and women farmers, as investing in them means investing in Liberia’s future. Market women are the backbone of their nation’s economy, as well as providers of nutrition for the population. Nearly 75% of Liberian women work in the informal sector, conducting 85% of agricultural marketing and trading.
Your donations to the “SMWF Fighting Ebola - Keeping Markets Safe” fundraising campaign will serve to provide funding necessary to aid informal markets across Liberia. Funding will target the provision of the tools needed to improve Ebola awareness and to improve Market conditions to assist in minimizing spread of the virus. This will include providing latex gloves and masks for market women who engage in commerce to support families, cleaning materials such as bleach and hand wipes, and measures to secure the transport and storage of goods. The SMWF will also create Market Ebola safety campaign materials highlighting protective measures that can guide the Market women, their families and Market visitors.
Governments to date have provided minimal aid, which has generally targeted treatment centers and disease research rather than prevention and protection. We appeal to you to join our efforts through the “SMWF Fighting Ebola” campaign to help market women and the SMWF team to prevent, contain and eradicate the Ebola virus in their communities while sustaining their livelihoods.