Ebola Appeal Update - 18 January 2015

There continue to be signs that the Ebola crisis is beginning to become under control. The latest available data from the World Health Authority (14 January 2015) shows that Sierra Leone has now reported a decline in case incidence for two weeks in a row. However the west of the country remains the area of most intense transmission. The capital, Freetown, reported 59 new confirmed cases, and the neighbouring districts of Port Loko and Western Rural (where Waterloo is situated) reported 41 and 31 new confirmed cases.

Perhaps there is room for cautious optimism. However, you never know when the Ebola virus might strike. This week it was very close to home. One of the Equiano Board members, Abdul Victor Kanu, were placed in quarantine when a relative fell sick. We have, of course, as with other quarantined families, ensured that food is made available.

This week too, we have continued to provide food and aid to the Ebola orphans who have been identified by Rosetta and her team. This week, we are pleased to report that they were joined by Marion Morgan from SLWT.

SLWT (formally known as Sierra Leone War Trust for Children), was formed in April 1999, by seven Sierra Leoneans, living and working in the UK. SLWT was a direct response to the suffering of children in Sierra Leone, during the civil war. Today they work to identify and fund projects in Sierra Leone that improve the welfare of disadvantage children and youth.

Currently we were liaising with Rosetta to consider whether or not further Education forums are needed. We suspect that they are. In particular, we are considering the possibility of bringing together all the head teachers, deputies and perhaps the literacy coordinators from the local schools in a forum at the Equiano Centre. One of the primary purposes would be to assist in giving schools a chance to prepare for dealing with stigmatisation: when that is the schools finally re-open.

We will keep you updated.

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