Ebola Crisis Response Update: Getting Supplies to Survivors
May 2014 confirmed the arrival of the deadly Ebola virus to Sierra Leone. Almost a year onwards and whilst the World Health Organization has reported there have only been 67 cases of the Ebola virus in the past 21 days with zero unsafe burials. But communities are still reeling from the devastating impacts on their lives.
LemonAid Fund’s Ebola Crisis Strategy activities are focused on education, psychosocial support, food supplies, and especially wash and sanitation efforts. This focus falls in line with UNICEF’s WASH program, for water, sanitation, and hygiene. We often take for granted how easy it is to turn on a tap and use the bathroom- but focusing on WASH has been particularly important in the past year in Sierra Leone. It will continue to have this importance in order for Ebola to be contained as well as progress to be made in minimising associated health risks.
The organisation aims to halve the amount of people without sustainable access to safe water and sanitation, to make sure that all schools have child-friendly water and sanitation facilities and to teach children about hygiene education in schools.
It is still so crucial to get necessary supplies to survivors so all can get back to a normal pace of life.
In order to help in this effort, LemonAid Fund has a shipping container just waiting to be filled! Due to ship the second week of May, we need at least 30 barrels filled to send this container.
Any of the following supplies would be helpful, and it would be particularly useful for each of the 10 schools to have a handheld thermometer that does not touch skin.
Medical: Aprons, bandages, First-Aid kits, hair protectors (including shower caps), over-the-counter pain killers, protective gloves, scrubs, shoe protectors.
Health: Disinfectant, disposable food containers, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, liquid soap and bar soap, thermometers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wet wipes.
Technology: Flash lights and batteries, USB memory sticks, old mobiles phones, scientific calculators, solar powered lights of any kind, used or new laptops, notepads, a wireless connector.
Food items (Please ensure expiry date is at least a year from when you are sending): Juice bags, energy snacks, milk powder, and nutritious single-serving items.
School Supplies: Any learning-type game, backpacks, bananagrams, children’s books (especially for young children 0-3 heavy cardboard or material or plastic), crayons, flash cards, notebooks, number games, paper, writing utensils (pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers/erasers etc.), scrabble games, sturdy puzzles, white board markers, white boards.
Sports: Yoga supplies (mats, straps, blocks etc.), balls, soccer jerseys, soccer shoes, swim suits, tennis balls and rackets.
General (please no heavy winter clothes or boots): foot wear and socks (children’s/women’s/men’s), rain coats for rainy season and plastic ponchos, sheets, pillow cases, used clothes (all sizes but especially children’s), washable sturdy toys.
We are relying on the kindness of others to help us and contribute any of the above items, or make financial donations, to allow us to collect the supplies needed and fund the shipping and storage of the container.
The cost per barrel to ship and store is $300, or can be sponsored in parts of $100 or $200. If you have goods but not the money to ship them, LemonAid Fund will be fundraising to cover these costs. Shipping of these items is to (or from) Maryland, so if you are in this area please feel free to drive over any items!
To find out more on how to make a financial donation, or donate goods (or both!), please click this link!
We greatly appreciate your help and we will keep posting on the blog as the container fills up, and with other LemonAid Fund updates!
For more information about the current status of the Ebola crisis, please click here!