Gail Uilkema
In 2003, after 21 years as a school superintendent, Gail retired and immediately founded Lantern Projects. Over the years she had raised funds for many overseas projects and saw how a small amount of funding can really make a difference. She also felt that it was important for children to see that they could contribute in a meaningful way.
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Jessica Vapnek
Jessica worked with Focus 1000 on packaged water legislation in the summer of 2013 and since then has linked us up with several funders, bringing us more than $4000 to support our work with children and Ebola orphans
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Bridget E E Lewis
Bridget is a community development worker and media practitioner who has also been head of programmes and correspondences from the fields. While at Radio Maria as a volunteer and an employee for the past 7 years, she has attained sufficient experience both at production management, management and coordination. Mrs Lewis specialised in mass media, and community development.
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Bruce Kennedy
Bruce Kennedy was a program officer with UNICEF in Freetown for 5 years in the 1980s. Altogether he worked 17 years with UNICEF mainly in Africa.
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About Friends of FOCUS 1000

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has been described by the World Health Organization as one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks in recent times with far reaching effects on the countries affected and the world as a whole.

In all emergencies, children being the most vulnerable members of society are often the worst hit. Some of these children have lost one or both parents or guardians. For these children the trauma of loss, isolation and stigma are the new battles they face in their young lives. In a recent National KAP survey conducted by FOCUS 1000 with support from UNICEF and CRS, findings showed a high level of stigma and discrimination towards Ebola survivors.

With indication of the future impact this dreadful disease will have on the lives of our children emotionally, psychologically and socially, FOCUS 1000 with support from the Friends of FOCUS 1000 has provided funds to support these children.

FOCUS 1000 believes that there are opportunities to support these children at home and we feel we can make a difference in their lives. Through the provision of Education and art materials, hygiene packs and Radios, children can be supported with learning at home, use of art and creativity to express themselves, contributing to the emotional and psychological healing process and encourage them to continue the practice of good hygiene behaviours for good health.

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Jessica Vapnek

Jessica’s connection to Africa is long and rich: she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the former Zaire and a

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Gail Uilkema

In 2003, after 21 years as a school superintendent, Gail retired and immediately founded Lantern Projects. Over the years she

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Bruce Kennedy

Bruce Kennedy was a program officer with UNICEF in Freetown for 5 years in the 1980s. Altogether he worked 17

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