I won’t go in depth in this post about the severity of the Ebola outbreak.
It’s all over the news.
What is disturbing me is not the U.S. cases of Ebola, but the shift of focus in media coverage.
Our nation has been enveloped in a cloud of paranoia, blinding us of the realities. African communities in the U.S. are being shunned, sent home from work, stigmatized. Groups of people are stock-piling face masks, preparing for an end of all ends. Calls to cease flights in and out of the affected countries are gaining more traction. And all the while, people continue to die in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
Let us not forget the reality of the on-going outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
Let us step up to help end the suffering of humans, because we are humans and that is what we do.
Several weeks ago I introduced you all to the National Peace Corp Association’s Ebola relief fund. I am a member of the fund steering committee and have spent the past few weeks connecting with non-governmental organizations in Guinea to encourage their applications. We have received 32 project requests from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — 16 from Guinea alone! And they are still coming in! These project requests all combat Ebola and directly-related issues.
Today, I get to announce the release of a microsite that I have been working on for the past two weeks along with the staff at NPCA. Please check it out and pass it along!
Since the launch of the fund last month we have passed the $10,000 mark in contributions, which continue to come in steadily. But demand for project funding is far outstripping the amount we’ve raised. The 32 requests already received have a need totaling close to $95,000. We have planned to distribute available funding by November 1st.
Ebola isn’t waiting, so why are you? Every day, every moment, this gets worse.
“The people who come help: we need them yesterday. So let them come tomorrow!” – President Ernest Bai Koroma, Republic of Sierra Leone
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