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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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.

Working as Editorial Assistant with Radio Maria Sierra Leone, Freetown Studios, she have developed a thorough knowledge of generally accepted Media and  developing knowledge in community development  practices, good facilitation skills; problem solving and with editing  experience both in photos and audio.

Bridget is resilient, hardworking, dynamic, Result-oriented and dedicated person, who is able to work with minimal supervision. I am also Gender sensitive, trustworthy, a committed Christian, team player and team builder.

Academically, Bridget has a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Development Studies and a Diploma in Mass Communication.

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.