Today I am going to tell you about how GO Campaign is helping address the needs of Ebola orphans in Liberia.
Organization: JW Harris Foundation
Location: Monrovia, Liberia
Context: In 2014, Ebola ravaged West Africa, killing more than 11,000 people. Liberia was one of the counties hardest hit by the outbreak. In January 2016, the WHO finally declared Liberia Ebola free. Though the epidemic was finally over, the country was devastated. Approximately 8,000 children were now orphaned and left vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and violence.
Background: GO Local Hero Amos Wisseh was already working to improve the lives of vulnerable children in Monrovia when the epidemic started. His organization, the JW Harris Foundation, was caring for 198 children and providing them with food, shelter, education, and medical care. Since the Ebola crisis, he opened his doors and provided refuge to children orphaned due to Ebola.
Current Status: In June 2016, GO Campaign approved a grant for $12,251 to JW Harris Foundation to install solar panels in their school. This would enable them to have electricity during the school day without interruption. The money the school saved on purchasing fuel for the generator was reallocated to provide more scholarships to vulnerable children.
Mohamed is 17 years old and in the 9th grade. In 2014, Mohamed’s step-mother and sister died from Ebola. A community leader brought Mohammed to JW Harris School for help. He was given a scholarship to attend the school. Mohamed says, “I am happy because the scholarship program was extended to me as a result of the solar panels installed at the school. I give thanks and appreciation to GO Campaign.”