Ebola Appeal Update - 19 October 2014

This has been a busy busy week for Rosetta and her team in Waterloo. They have been collecting food, then making up food deliveries and distributing aid to the ebola orphans and others who were in quarantine.

You can see below photos of some of the children they delivered aid to. If you can make out a yellow line in the third photo, that is tape marking a quarantine line.

The tragedy of the ebola orphans was identifed by Rosetta over the past few days. She and others in Waterloo are carrying out surveys to try and find out just how many there are. Rosetta has explained that many of the children have not been tested to know whether they are positive or not. When their parents die, there is no procedure in place for the children to be collected and tested for the disease.

This a situation that is made worse by the community and their extended family ‘rejecting’ them out of fear and superstition. For example, two little boys were found, who had been given the all-clear yet they were being shunned by their community. Rosetta explained the position to the Hon. Claude Kamanda MP, and after words with the headman, the situation is now resolved. Another six year old girl has been found left alone in the holding centre. The priest in Kwama has now taken her in. these are the children Rosetta and her friends are actively looking to identify and support.

One very positive note is the fact that so many people are coming together and working together. In the UK, we continue to work with the Waterloo Partnership and Build On Books. In Waterloo, a stakeholder group has been established including NGO’s, local leaders and others to try and co-ordinate activities.

Further, this week, Shepherd Hospice very kindly provided two vehicles for ambulances and they have also been used to help in the distribution of food aid.

However we cannot end our short summary of the week, without paying tribute to James Jajua, who had been the Community Health Officer in Waterloo for the past six years. He provided a ‘drop-in’ clinic service and was also responsible for public health issues. After the outbreak of Ebola he lead from the front in trying to provide care to those who were sick, and was at the forefront of the campaigns in Waterloo to try and prevent the spread of the disease. He spoke at some of the sensitivisation sessions that we have organised.

Tragically he caught the virus himself and was laid to rest last Sunday on 12 October 2014.

Although as you will be aware from the news, the rest of the World is starting to provide aid to West Africa, the tragic death of Mr Jajua and the plight of the ebola orphans shows that there remains so much to do and we need your support now more than ever. If you would like to donate, please go to our Just Giving Page.

Thank you as always

The CODEP team



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