Friends of Liberia
Friends Of Liberia is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that seeks to positively affect Liberia and Liberians through education, social, economic and humanitarian programs and through advocacy efforts
Working to Combat Ebola
Friends of Liberia is actively raising money to fund on the ground local organizations in the fight to control the spread of ebola in Liberia
LEAP Teacher Training
Friends of Liberia’s Liberian Education Assistance Project (LEAP) has been sending U.S. early childhood teachers to Liberia annually since 1998 to train those who are teaching in the earliest grades in rural areas of central Liberia and their principals in age-appropriate teaching methods Read more
Reports from FOL Support Project:
Women’s Campaign International
A lively benefit in New Orleans on Sept. 19 netted more than $5,500 for Ebola relief in Liberia. The Columns Hotel on St. Charles Ave. hosted more than 70 people, most of them from the New Orleans area.
The guest speaker, Bill Martin, senior adviser to the Liberian Minister of Health, told the crowd that the new treatment centers now coming in from the United States will make a critical difference in how Ebola cases are separated and cared for. The shortage of beds in the few treatment centers available have put suspected and probable cases of Ebola too close to confirmed Ebola patients. The consequences for the spread of the disease have been tragic. <more>
Friends of Liberia board, meeting in New Orleans Sept. 20, voted an additional $14,000 to bring the total contributed for Ebola relief to $50,000, halfway to our goal.
An initial $20,000 from the general fund was divided equally in August between Doctors Without Borders and Global Health Ministries. In mid-September, with summer contributions of $16,000 from members and friends, FOL awarded grants to three more organizations meeting local needs. <more>
Five pallets of protective materials landed in Robertsfield, Liberia, on Aug. 31, shipped by Global Health Ministries and paid for by Friends of Liberia. As you have often in the past, members of FOL continue to donate to a fund for Ebola Relief, giving more than $13,000 in August alone.
Global Health held the shipment until delivery of an earlier air shipment was confirmed by Phebe and Curran hospitals. This latest shipment included 20 cases of the DuPont Tychem QC hazmat suits, 6 cases of DuPont protective aprons, DuPont disinfectant spray, and lots of gloves, gowns, goggles, masks, and other supplies. The Lutheran Church in Liberia is serving as the lead for receiving, distribution, and accounting of these supplies in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
The other recipient of our donations so far, Doctors Without Borders is running intake centers in Liberia. Large International organizations, UNICEF, USAID, the government of Canada, among others, are delivering tons of supplies this week.
FOL’s Ebola Task Force is networking with several organizations doing grassroots work in Liberia to identify unmet needs, particularly at the village level. There is general alarm as the state of emergency continues in Liberia, shutting schools, limiting assembly, suspending other aid work, that the economy is suffering. The country will face a long recovery period even after the Ebola spread has been checked.
As it was during the civil war and its aftermath, FOL is committed to finding ways to help for the long run.
If you wish to make a personal donation to FOL for the serious health crisis in Liberia, please send a check to:
FOL Treasurer, Jim Bowman
324 Amherst Dr. SE
FOL Mentoring Program
The first group of post-war Peace Corps Volunteers has left Liberia to return to the States. In order to offer them assistance settling in back home, FOL is instituting a Mentor Program. Read More
A survey was recently taken by Friends of Liberia (FOL) to determine the path of the organization for the next several years. The results can be seen here. FOL Survey Results
Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States of America (USA), His Excellency Jeremiah C. Sulunteh and his wife, meet with, FOL Board Members at a reception following the presentation of the Ambassdor’s credentials to President Obama. Read more
Final version of the FOL strategic plan adopted by the Board at its March 9 meeting. Read the new report