Friends of FOCUS 1000Supporting children affected by Ebola

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St Georges Home

The Ebola Virus Disease outbreak has orphaned thousands of Children, while a good number of them have become survivors. Some of these orphans and survivors are located in various centers within the country.

 The St Georges Foundation is a humanitarian Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to empowering children, women and communities through services that enhance their well-being, protection and development.  It accommodates over 30 Ebola child survivors and orphans situated at Grafton, Peninsular Road, Western Area Rural in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

 With support from Friends of FOCUS 1000, the Islamic Action Group (ISLAG) and Christian Action Group (CHRISTAG), food items, Materials, and assorted learning kits were donated to the home to support the daily sustenance of the children on Friday 28th August 2015.

The executive Director for St Georges Foundation Madam Jestina expressed her thanks and appreciation to Friends of FOCUS 1000 and the ISLAG and CHRISTAG groups for considering their home, as the donated items are greatly needed for the up keeping of children in the home.

Friends of FOCUS 1000 have been very supportive in supporting orphans and survivors through meaningful contributions in the form of food and non-food items.

Georges Home

 

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.