Friends of FOCUS 1000Supporting children affected by Ebola

  • Bruce Kennedy

    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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  • Gail Uilkema

    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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  • Jessica Vapnek

    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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  • Bridget E E Lewis

    Bridget is a community development worker and media practitioner who has also been head of programmes and correspondences from the
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Bo Food Items

Concerned Mothers Movement for Women’s Participation in Development, in collaboration with FOCUS 1000 has distributed food and non-food items to Fifty (50) most vulnerable Ebola Orphans and Fifty (50) Survivors in Bo District.

 

Friends of FOCUS 1000 (both national and international) provided Education and art materials, hygiene packs and radios to support with learning at home. These items are meant to help children practice the use of art and promote creativity, emotional and psychological healing. They will also encourage children to continue the practice of good hygiene behaviors to maintain good health.

Some of these children have lost one or both parents or guardians. For them the trauma of loss, isolation and stigma are the new battles they currently face in their young lives. The provision of these items can positively impact on the lives of children particularly as they engage the long road to recovery. FOCUS 1000 believes that these opportunities to support children at home can make a big difference in their lives.

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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.