Ebola Appeal Update - 5 October 2014

Rosetta and her team have had another busy week.

First and foremost, they have made a further delivery of aid to those who remain in quarantine. The photos set out below give perhaps just an idea of what it must be like for those cut off from everyone else in their community.

The Hon. Claude Kamanda has again thanked everyone at CODEP, the Waterloo Partnership and Build on Books for their support. He has stressed that we are the only NGO’s active in the area supporting the relief effort. We cannot thank you all enough for your continued support and generous response to our Appeal. Without that, we could not do anything at all.

Rosetta and her team, together with the local chiefs, councillors and ward committee members held a further preventative training session on Thursday at the Chukuma Johnson library, where more relief and sanitation materials were distributed. It really is at times as simple as buckets and chlorine or soap.

The schools may still be shut, but it is good to see that the library is able to play a valuable role in storing aid and becoming a centre for the sensitivisation training efforts.

Rosetta and her team are currently the arranging further training which is going to be focused on the traditional healers. They are trying to invite all the healers in Waterloo. The idea of Lori Spragg from Build on Books, this is potentially a valuable opportunity to further spread the ebola-preventative message and we are hopeful that the training will take place as soon as possible.

The overall news on the fight against ebola is mixed. On a positive note, McKenzie Phillips have announced that flights to Sierra Leone from London will resume on 19 October. On a negative note, at the Defeating Ebola conference in London, Save the Children said that there were 5 new cases in Sierra Leone every hour. For every 10 people currently effected, at least another 17 will catch the disease. Clearly, there is not going to be a quick solution.

Education and the provision of aid therefore remains a priority, but we remain dependent on your continued support. If you would like to donate, please go to our Just Giving Page.

Thank you as always

The CODEP team

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