Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone - We lost Hawanatu
It is with deep sorrow that we mourn the death of one of our girls, Hawanatu Kamara, age 14 who has succumbed to Ebola. Her grandmother has passed away as well.
Angels to Angels Sierra Leone will be providing rice and food to the family of Hawanatu Kamara because their home has been quarantined and they are virtually cut off from the outside. One of our volunteers, Saidu Sankoh, is delivering food to them to help sustain them through the crisis. Our deepest sympathies to her family.
This year, the Ebola virus has devastated Sierra Leone and parts of West Africa.
Currently, with very little aid, Sierra Leone has been suffering the worst.
Ebola rages on.
According to the World Health Organization <http://www.who.int/en/>, there have been 5,235 confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, out of 13,703 worldwide, and 1,500 deaths. One of our girls, has lost her father, mother and younger sister from this horrible disease.
Ebola has disrupted every aspect of life. The start of the 2014-2015 school year has been postponed indefinitely due to a government issued quarantine and recently, radio classes have been instituted for students at home. Many of our girls were not fortunate enough to own a radio, but by the generosity of several of our sponsors and many others, we were able to buy radios for all of our girls. The Government of Sierra Leone has just instructed people that they should not gather to celebrate CHRISTMAS and NEW YEARS. The situation is desperate and the government is doing what it feels is best for the country in preventing large gatherings.
Many of the families of our Angels earn money by petty trading (ie - the women make food and sell it in the markets daily). This is no longer allowed by the government in an effort to control the spread of the disease. Therefore, these families have no income. Again, due to the generosity of many, rice has been distributed to every one of our girls' families.
While we initially had intentions to keep the tuition money segregated and saved for when school does begin, the situation is so bleak and horrifying there that the board has agreed, to use tuition money to help our girls with food and to help other children. Many, many of our sponsors have given their permission to use the funds for relief purposes. We will use funds wisely. The impact of this aid is that it will save lives and help relieve some of the suffering.
RICE AND ORPHANS
The money donated to sponsor our girls' tuition for the upcoming school year may be used to purchase another bag of rice for our girls. Addiitonally we may purchase rice for orphananges. We are waiting for a proposal from Saidu Sankoh who has told us of the many orphanages are overwhelmed at this point, taking in children who have lost their entire families to the disease. Outside family members are hesitant to take in orphans because they might be carrying the disease. Death has orphaned thousands of children.
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