Friends of Liberia raises $65,000 for Ebola-affected communities

The FOL Board of Directors has just allocated $15,000 more to the Ebola Relief Fund. This brings the total raised to $65,000.

Since the beginning of the Ebola crisis, Friends of Liberia (FOL) has sent $50,000 to organizations working in Liberia. The crisis is far from over. With a goal of $100,000, FOL members around the country, many of them Liberian Americans, are holding fundraisers and seeking other types of funding to help those in communities throughout Liberia affected by the virus. <more>

FOL Support Project:

Women’s Campaign International

Sister_Barbara-101In July 2014, the Women’s Campaign International (WCI) developed a Facilitator’s Guide to Ebola Response to support community action groups to organize and address their community responses to the Ebola virus. This includes the official information developed and distributed by the WHO and Government of Liberia. The community groups identified:
 –Significant gaps in Ebola prevention and response 
  –Resources and strengths that a community action group could bring to
response efforts
 –Solutions that community response committees could implement given their
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Combating Ebola through awareness in Bong County

Transporting Ebola bodies in Ganta

 

New Orleans Benefit

New Orleans Benefit raises money for Friends of Liberia Ebola campaign

 

Update to New Orleans Benefit

Friends of Liberia’s benefit in New Orleans on Sept. 19 at The Columns Hotel on St. Charles Ave. initially netted $5,500. Thanks to the persistent efforts of Dr. Meda Colvin (RPCV Liberia), in her outreach to the New Orleans medical community, the checks kept coming in until the total is now more than $9,000.

She tells us that this is only the beginning. A big name local talent has offered to do a special concert in the city in the next couple of months. Stay tuned for that.

Friends of Liberia, in addition to its Ebola Task Force, is now recruiting members for Post-Ebola Task Force, which will identify needs and priorities for a Liberia recovering from the economic effects of this crisis.

FOL benefit brings in $5,500

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.  <more>

FOL support reaches $50,000

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. <more>

 FOL-funded shipment arrives in Liberia

Five pallets of protective material for Phebe and Curran Hospitals

Five pallets of protective material for Phebe and Curran Hospitals in Bong and Lofa Counties

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. <more>

 

Read more: FOL aids efforts to help Liberians on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic

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

Albuquerque NM 87106

Make a donation on our Paypal Site.

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All future donations designated for the Ebola epidemic will be sent to organizations that are directly involved with the disease outbreak in Liberia.

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FOL Board News

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

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

Strategic Planning Report – final

Final version of the FOL strategic plan adopted by the Board at its March 9 meeting. Read the new report

FOL Survey Results

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