Ebola Appeal Update - 10 November 2014

As with last week, over the past few days our focus has remained on two key issues:

(i) Providing relief to the quarantined and in particular the Ebola Orphans; and

(ii) Continuing to run education forums to help spread the word about the best ways to try and prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

Rosetta and her team continue to go out delivering aid, assessing needs, counting those in quarantine. This week, we were able to provide blankets and some books as well as food.

New orphans are being identified every time they go out. This week, they came across two babies.

All the children are visited at least once a week. As well as providing aid, our team will take temperatures. If they are high, they call for help. It does not always come. They also try and provide emotional support. Many of these children are infants who having lost their parents, are traumatised. Some of the older ones knowing they might die soon are running away and hiding in the market, sleeping under stalls and potentially spreading the disease.

Everyone at Build on Books and CODEP, both in the UK and Sierra Leone are of course continuing to try and work with other groups to try and find an at least semi-permanent solution to the problem of the Ebola orphans. We are contacting every organisation we can and will continue to do so.

We will let you know how we get on in finding a solution. But we have all made a commitment to do what we can for as long as we can and our work goes on to provide food and basic relief.

Again, as we have said before, providing aid and relief would be a full time occupation in itself, but Rosetta and he colleagues have also found the time to continue with their education forums. This Friday they went out to Fogbo and next week, they are going to Tombo, a fishing village.

If you have not yet seen it, please take a few minutes to read out newsletter which highlights and pays tribute to the tremendous efforts of our team in Sierra Leone who have been at the forefront of the efforts in Waterloo to try and prevent the spread of Ebola. You can find our newsletter here.

Please feel free the pass the newsletter on.

If you have any comments, or ideas please let us know. And as always, if you would like to donate, please go to our Just Giving Page.

Thank you as always

The CODEP team

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