Campaign for Congolese Response to Ebola Crisis

$75 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 14 days
Want to join me in making a difference? I'm raising money for Cura Earth and the Congolese group Volunteers for Fauna and Flora (VCFF), and any donation will help make impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us.

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We are raising money for a series of workshops to help mistrustful communities in North Kivu province of eastern DR Congo understand better what Ebola virus is, how it can be transmitted, how vaccines can help overall health as well as prevent Ebola virus from spreading to contacts of someone sick with the disease, and installing hand washing stations using filtered clean water at community meeting areas such as schools and churches. 

This is a program conceived and developed by Congolese scientists and health workers, and using their on the ground knowledge of health, attitudes, and fear of the government they have developed a comprehensive proposal to educate communities in the outbreak region as well as communities near the outbreak, to lay the groundwork for more effective responses by the Ministry of Health, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and the World Health Organization if the disease continues to spread. Our program compliments the traditional epidemiology investigations and treatment and vaccine programs ongoing by the previously mentioned three groups, and will hopefully lead to more cooperation between the communities and the Ministry of Health, which has had a difficult time due to distrust of the government. We will not be doing any vaccinating against Ebola virus at this time, as only a few organizations have access to the vaccine and it has been produced in limited quantities. 

For more information please visit https://www.curaearth.org where we share more details about the workshop. Once we reach $1000-2000 we can get the workshops started, and expand as we raise more money. This amount includes the workshop and educational materials costs, transportation, installing hand washing stations, and providing a stipend for the individuals in VCFF. We have discussed and continue to discuss how the members of VCFF can stay safe from the Ebola virus itself, as well as armed rebel groups in the area. Our first priority is keeping VCFF safe. 

(Photo credit to Jean-Paul Lukusa from one of their hygiene workshops with school children)
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$75 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 14 days
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Cura Earth
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