Operation Hand Wash Against Ebola

For: Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society
Organizer: Doggone Safe
$2,368
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 63 donors
23% Complete
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The Story

In Liberia schools and borders are closed and the government and aid agencies are trying to deliver education and supplies to fight the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Ebola is spread by contact with infected bodily fluids and is not airborne. It is relatively easy to prevent by hand washing and avoiding exposure.

The funds raised by Doggone Safe will go directly to Morris Darbo, Doggone Safe co-ordinator in Liberia and founder of the Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society (LAWCS). Donations will reach Morris within 24 hours to be put to work right away.

Thanks to sustained efforts of community health workers, the international community and local organizations like the Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society, the number of new cases seems to have stabilized. However, the World Health Organizationestimates that 1909 more beds are required. There are only 28 Community Care Centre (CCC) beds operational, with more than 1000 required.

It is still essential that people observe proper sanitation procedures and that they continue to practice infection control and prevention. It is still of critical importance to educate people, especially in border communities to prevent ebola from entering from neighboring areas. Villages that have received education and hand washing supplies require replenishment of supplies and continuing education. They must be reminded that also transmission rates have stabilized, the disease is still present and they must remain vigilant.

Even as little as $2 will provide soap for a village. Please consider a $2 donation. This is not too small an amount to help.

Volunteers from LAWCS have distributed buckets, soap, disinfectant and education for the prevention of Ebola and rabies in more than 30 communities. They require ongoing funding to revisit these communities to ensure that hand washing will continue.

The simple measures of providing buckets, soap and bleach along with education to combat the ignorance and fear that actually increases the spread of the disease, will go a long way to helping fight the spread of Ebola.

Funds from this campaign will go towards the purchase of  fuel, buckets, soap, bleach, educational materials about Ebola and rabies prevention as well as food for the volunteers who will deliver the materials and education.

Some funds will also go towards helping the children affected by the ebola outbreak. Schools are closed and there is little for children to do. There are many orphans of ebola who require shelter, food and clothing. LAWCS volunteers are helping by playing organized games, teaching children about animal care and encouraging them to interact with and care for thier pets and providing clothes and food for orphans.

LAWCS also would like to be able to fund wells for remote communities. Hand washing requires water and many communities have only a river as a water source. $1500 US will construct a well for a community.

The funds will be collected by Doggone Safe on behalf of LAWCS and will be distributed in whole to LAWCS by Doggone Safe. Neither Doggone Safe nor YouCaring.org will take any part of the proceeds. There is an option to donate a percentage to YouCaring, but this is voluntary and you can set it to $0 if you wish.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 28, 2014

Posted on November 28, 2014

There has been gradual decline in the number of new Ebola cases in Liberia. We are praying that the crisis comes to an end soon. What is needed here which we continue to do is more awareness and the provision of sanitary materials. We do not want people to start to feel that Ebola is out of Liberia, we still have cases but low. Lofa County where we live is bordered by Guinea and Sierra Leone. The parts of those countries sharing common borders with Lofa County is alarming with lot of new Ebola cases coming up daily. That means we need to do more in remote villages interacting with villages across the borders. 
We will continue to update you on progress.

Best Regards,
Morris

Posted on October 20, 2014

Posted on October 20, 2014

Since the schools are closed due to the present Ebola crisis the country is faced with, we have trained our community volunteers in the various communities and empowered them with more humane materials to conduct humane education with the children in the communities. LAWCS also provided washing hand materials for the children while in the activity center. This will keep the children active as schools are closed and help reduce the stress everyone is experiencing as a result of the virus. The children will also extend compassion to animals in a practical form by playing and feeding their animals.

Posted on October 4, 2014

Posted on October 4, 2014

The communities we are meeting are very happy extend their thanks and appreciation to all the donors and supporters of this initiative. LAWCS is the only organization that has met them since the outbreak of this deadly disease.

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