Recently Gary Smith and I sent some money to our friend Emmanuel Jonah, National Director of Ignite Liberia, to enable him and Ignite to at least try and be of help as the country suffers from the terrible outbreak of Ebola.
Here's the letter we received from Emmanuel as a result:
On behalf of the Country Director, the director of Programs, Centre managers and the hundreds of youth and young adults Ignite-Liberia is serving, I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ.
Thank you so much for the gift sent to enable us purchase food items, medicines, and supplies for people down with the ebola virus. The fight is becoming worse due to the following:
- Migration of ebola patients in search of food, etc.
- Most families cannot afford to buy buckets for washing of hands. A bucket cost $10.00 for one.
- Quarantine centers (ELWA and JFK) are crowded and have no beds. Hence, patients down with the virus are in homes quarantining themselves. Communities have people who keep watch so that those with the virus will not come out of their homes. Thankfully, community dwellers are in their weak ways collecting rice, meds, and other items to keep them in. It is so difficult as people cannot afford to keep giving all through as they themselves need help. Ignite Liberia has been helpful and families affected are grateful to you, Nigel and Gary for the gift.
There is a need for more food, meds, buckets, Clorox, soap, etc. Nigel, I would appreciate you raising sponsors to help with the buying of buckets and rice to help communities through ignite Liberia. The death toll is alarming and whatever can be done to restrict the movements of people will be helpful. Rice and buckets are pressing needs. A lot of homes have no buckets, and some nearby villages have one bucket in the center of each village.