Remaining Ebola funds resulted in grants that include construction of a pump well in a male dormitory; ongoing psychosocial support to Ebola orphans; nutrition and hygiene curricula plus teacher training in eastern Liberia; and a program to establish water, sanitation, and hygiene clubs and training in schools in two counties. Some dedicated funds remain for post-Ebola-related projects in 2016.
Small grant awards supported an NGO that promotes sustainable community change, civic participation, collaboration, accountability, and integrity; development of a sound waste management system and small worker stipends in a very underserved community; and development and dissemination of radio messages to reintegrate Ebola survivors into families and communities without stigmatizing them. Other grants helped build a caretaker center near a major hospital; enlarged a women’s skills-training program for self-support; and provided school materials, tuition, and counseling for children and caretakers affected by Ebola.
FOL experts researched early childhood learning programs and selected the HIPPY model (please refer to FOL website) for its Family Literacy Initiative (FLI) pilot project. The successful Liberian NGO “We-Care” was selected as its implementing partner. Proposals were developed to involve funding partners, implementation procedures were developed with HIPPY advice, and by the end of the year the Government of Liberia (GOL) had given its blessing.