Supporting people affected by Ebola

On April 16, we sent a We Care aid shipment to Liberia to help survivors, healthcare workers and other people affected by the Ebola outbreak.

This is thanks to your support. Lutherans from across Canada donated all the items in the shipment, which included handmade quilts and blankets, clothing, school supplies, hygiene kits and baby supplies like diapers.

There is a great need for basic living items following the outbreak. Children have been orphaned and families have been left without breadwinners. Many survivors have been left with very little, and many are dealing with complications from the virus, including paralysis and vision and hearing loss, that have affected their ability to work. Many have been shunned by their communities and had their homes and belongings burned in attempts to prevent the spread of Ebola.

“The challenges Ebola survivors face are beyond what many of us can imagine. We knew we had to help,” says Patrick Stewart, CLWR’s We Care program coordinator. “Although there is a long road of recovery ahead, we hope that these items can meet some basic needs now as survivors work to rebuild their lives.”

The aid shipment will be received and distributed to those who need it by one of our partners: the Lutheran Development Service in Liberia. Through your financial donations, we’ve also supported the delivery of medicines and medical supplies to treat Ebola patients, and information sessions that educate affected communities about Ebola, proper treatment of the virus and how to prevent it from spreading.

The shipment got some coverage in the Winnipeg Free Press as well. Read it here: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Local-volunteers-send-care-package-to-Liberia-in-wake-of-Ebola-outbreak-300203161.html?hc_location=ufi

Photo: Women show how they are educating people on preventing the spread of Ebola: a song with gestures that demonstrate good hand-washing technique. Photo by ACT Alliance/FinnChurchAid/Leena Lindqvist

Photo: Women show how they are educating people on preventing the spread of Ebola: a song with gestures that demonstrate good hand-washing technique. Photo by ACT Alliance/FinnChurchAid/Leena Lindqvist

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