URGENT EBOLA  APPEAL

REPORT ON LIBERIA EBOLA OUTBREAK

Liberia Country Director / Serve The Children

 

August 2, 2014

 

Friends of Serve The Children,

 

I am writing with an update on the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Ebola hemorrhagic fever has infected more than 1,300 people and killed 729 of them in the current West African outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

 

We bless the Lord that we have not received any death reports from any of our schools.

 

We took a trip to the 15 Gate School this past Wednesday to check on our campuses, and all is well. We wanted to go to Civil Compound School, but our van could not. We had a breakdown. And it was raining heavily.

 

Our administration at the Sinkor School in Monrovia is working hard during this time. Today we were on our Sinkor campus cleaning the entire building with bleach and other stuff to help prevent the virus.

 

The Ebola outbreak is very serious here. Lots of cases have been reported.

 

I want to ask the administration to help me take a trip to all of our campuses to have an awareness program.

 

All of our staff are doing well. We are in day-to-day contact with most of our staff. We have suspended classes for now. Some of our kids come on campus every day, but we are telling them to wait.

 

Please keep praying for all of us, especially for Louise, our school nurse. She has been really busy helping at the ELWA hospital taking care of people infected with the virus. She was asked by ELWA to take a 21-day rest from work. I also told her to take the 21 days off from work at our schools. She is very, very much afraid.

 

The cost of living in Liberia has climbed up very hard because of the outbreak. Many business people have raised the prices of commodities here in Liberia. Life is getting more hard on the people. A bucket we once bought for less than USD$3 has now climbed up to USD$15 to $20. This bucket is the one many people are buying to use for washing hands. The smallest size of hand sanitizer is now sold for USD$2. This is very bad. The price of rice, our staple food, has climbed up, making things very difficult for the poor.

 

I will keep you informed as things unfold.

 

God bless,

 

Sackie Kwalalon

Liberia Country Director

Serve The Children

 

As the deadly Ebola outbreak continues to grip West Africa ( 2,458 deaths in Liberia as of Oct.15), we are thankful that none of our staff or students have contracted the disease.  Nevertheless Ebola's impact is being felt.  Prices of essential sanitation items and food have skyrocketed, creating hardship and making important, basic precautions more difficult.  Can you help?  Please donate today to help provide these critical items.

Thank You!

 

Color Run Raised

$14,650 for

Ebola Relief

Reflections On The

2014

Liberia Mission Trip

Serve The Children volunteers who  travel to India or Liberia are motivated to serve the children and staff we support in those countries.  But more likely than not, they return home feeling as if they are the true beneficiaries.

 

Enjoy some volunteer reflections on this year's Liberia mission trip.

 

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The Ankoor Children's Home & School in India is an oasis of love and learning for children like Rebecca. In this short interview with "Mommy" translating, Rebecca tells the story of how her life was forever changed when she was brought to Ankoor.

 

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

 

War has an appetite for children.  As it devours lives and innocence, the distinction between victim and perpetrator can become confused and blurred.

 

Serve the Children was founded during the Liberian Civil War to help children like Tom -- child combatants and those at risk of becoming combatants.

 

Here, Tom generously shares the story of his journey through Liberia's civil war, and his subsequent search for peace.

 

Tom's journey is not finished, but his story is a reminder that God's grace is powerful and redeeming.

Join a mission team to Liberia or India!

 

Teams to Liberia travel every June.

 

Teams to India travel every August and October.

 

More details and an application can be found

in Mission Trip Resources below.

 

Or, just drop us a line!

 

In Liberia, $25 / month provides an education, medical care, counseling, school uniforms and a P.E. t-shirt.  In India, $25/month provides a safe and loving home for a child, three nutritious meals each day, an education and clothing.

 

But did you know that the relationship you create by sponsoring a child changes the child in a fundamental way?  Read here about research that shows how the very act of sponsorship raises a child's self esteem and has a profound impact on their outlook.

 

They explain this with the Hope Hypothesis!

 

Want to change the world?  Sponsor a child!  You'll receive a sponsorship packet by mail, and the opportunity to correspond and exchange small gifts with your child.

 

If you like the idea of radically changing a child's life and having an impact for generations, contact us now using the form below.   Let us know if you prefer a boy or a girl child!

 

 

 

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The mission of Serve the Children is to improve the future of children by meeting their educational, emotional, and physical needs in a Biblically-based environment. We currently provide assistance to children in the West African country of Liberia and in central India.

 

In Liberia, we offer tuition-free education, medical care and counseling for children impacted by war and poverty. We are known in Liberia as the All God’s Children school system, with three schools and  1,400 students.

 

In India, we partner with Hosanna Ministries to operate the Ankoor Children’s Home and the Gnyan Sampada Residential School--a loving, secure boarding home and school.

 

Serve the Children is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in the State of Washington in 1997 and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

 

Serve The Children,  4423 Point Fosdick Drive, NW  Suite 202, Gig Harbor, WA  98335  |  TEL:  253.851.1794  FAX:  253.851.3997

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