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Third Ebola Update and Other News

Although we are aware that you our friends, sponsors, supporters, well-wishers, etc., read and see a lot about the Ebola virus disease (EVD) on various international media outlets, we have come to the conclusion that it is still our duty to update you because of your interest and involvement in the work we all are doing in Buchanan. And so we will continue to fill you in from time to time.

In this update, I wish to focus on Grand Bassa County. Liberia has fifteen counties, and one of the counties is called Grand Bassa. Its capital city is Buchanan – the place where our school is located. As many of you may have already read, Buchanan is about 113km from Monrovia.

Ebola is in the county, and it is definitely in Buchanan; however, the county – and by extension, Buchanan – is not as gravely affected as other counties such as Montserrado, Lofa and Nimba. This is good news. Another good news is that, although our school is closed for now because of the Ebola crisis, we have received no news about any of our students or parents contracting the virus or dying of it.

Statistics on Infection

On the Ebola statistics of the county, as released by the Ministry of Health on October 2, the total confirmed, probable and suspected cases was 132: 38 suspected cases, 47 probable cases, and 47 confirmed cases. The statistics summarize what is happening in each county; they do not indicate what is happening in each city. This is why I am unable to indicate the number of Ebola cases in Buchanan.
Grand Bassa County has a population of 224,839, while Buchanan’s population is about 34,000 (2008 census).

Statistics on Deaths

Total number of deaths among confirmed cases was 21; total number of deaths among probable cases was 9 and the total number of deaths among suspected cases was 8. This means the total number of persons that had died of Ebola (including probable, suspected and confirmed cases) since the outbreak in March was 38 as of October 2.

Compared with other counties, the total number of deaths for Bong County was 114; for Lofa County, it was 438; for Margibi County, it was 250; for Montserrado County, it was 1,050; and for Nimba County, it was 136.

My Participation in Law Students Ebola Awareness Campaign

In a related development, as some of you may be aware, I am a student at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia. I am also a part-time English instructor at the same university. However, because all schools, including colleges and universities, are closed as a result of the Ebola crisis and most of us have nothing doing for now, we students of the Law School came together and formed ourselves into a group which visits various places – communities, market places, shops, entertainment centers, etc – to carry out awareness about the Ebola virus disease.

We bought our own t-shirts and paid an artist to print on it for us. We use the t-shirts for our outreach. We are not being paid by anyone, nor do we receive donations from the government or any NGO. It is a completely volunteer work to help our fellow citizens observe the safety measures announced by health workers and experts. Our goal is to help prevent people from contracting the virus.

I am the Coordinator of outreach. We started Phase One on September 2 and ended it on September 14. We went out three times a week – Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays. We spoke to 3,285 persons.

We launched Phase Two on September 25 and we are still on it. It is for three weeks, but we go out two times a week – Thursdays and Saturdays. It will end this Saturday.

Written by Paul Yeenie Harry, Director of Help Liberia Foundation Community School


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Second Ebola Update

It has been a month since I last posted an update on the Ebola Virus disease (EVD) in my country. The first update was on August 21. Well, at this juncture, it seems perfectly reasonable to me to post another update, although I am aware that people are reading or hearing about the virus on the Internet and on international media outlets.

My dear friends, the spread of the virus is getting graver and graver by the day and the number of deaths emanating from the virus is increasing unbelievably exponentially. It is troubling.

When the presence of the virus was detected or reported sometime in March, we heard of only one county (Lofa County) having cases of the virus. But hear the startling revelation. The Ministry of Health of the Liberian government announced yesterday that of the fifteen (15) counties Liberia is comprised of, fourteen are now affected by the virus. It is terrifying.

Not only that. The number of deaths is also staggering. It is discouraging and terrifying. A few months ago, we were only hearing about a few deaths. Today, the situation is different. Just yesterday, too, the Ministry of Health reported that 1,500 persons have died of the virus so far. Can you imagine? But hear this. It is a known fact that the number of deaths is under-reported. What does this tell you?

Another sad situation contributing to the increase in the death rate is the lack of enough space for people having Ebola or suspected of having Ebola. No space – and no beds – for many people who go or are taken to the various Ebola holding centers for admittance or treatment. They are rejected by these treatment centers. Many of these people are seen standing or sitting in front of these centers hopelessly helpless. It is pathetic. Some of them die right in front of the centers. There are numerous heart-breaking scenes and stories all around.

But it also has to be said that not all those who have died actually died of the Ebola virus. Sadly, those collecting dead bodies do not, generally speaking, distinguish between Ebola-related bodies and non-Ebola bodies. Almost all bodies are treated as Ebola bodies, and these bodies are either cremated or buried some kind of way. It is sad – really sad. For example, people dying of cholera or diarrhea or some other illness are buried like Ebola bodies. It is painful for relatives and friends left behind.

There is also another hopelessness associated with the spread of the virus. And that is most health centers and workers are refusing to accept or treat other patients that go to them. The reason? The patient could be carrying the Ebola virus. Diarrhea patients are rejected. Cholera patients are rejected. Malaria patients are rejected. Pregnant women and girls in labor pain are rejected. Some of them give birth in cars, in the street or in front of hospitals. It is sad and shameful. Pressure patients are rejected. People suffering from stomachache are rejected. Many people are dying unnecessarily in this land. And guess what? When these people die, they are treated as if they were Ebola patients. It is a horrible situation.

Another problem most Liberians find themselves in during these difficult times is the increase in the prices of many commodities. In fact, the Ministry of Commerce announced publicly a few days ago that Liberians should expect increase in the prices of basic commodities, especially food and petroleum. The price of a bag of rice has already gone up. It is not easy. Not only have things been tough on many people, it is actually getting tough on more people.

In all this, this is what we can say for now: “God, have mercy and save our land.”

Written by
Paul Yeenie Harry
Director, Help Liberia Foundation Community School



Fundraising Target Reached and Passed

Dear friends, sponsors, donors, supporters and well-wishers of our school, we wish to joyously inform you that we have successfully reached the target of the annex construction fundraising campaign we launched at the end of July. We’ve made it!

As you will recall, our original plan was to raise about $1,500; however, by September 1, we had raised a total of $1,825. From this amount, $68.40 was deducted as service fees. This means, the total amount on hand for the annex is $1756.60.

Those who contributed to the fundraising exercise are Taumo Silander (Norway), Lena Marner (Sweden), Mary Smith (United Kingdom), Fredrik Hulten (Sweden), Anders Marner (Sweden), Pepperadventure AB (Sweden), Maria Nilsson (Sweden), Elizabeth Thorne (Sweden), David Turner (United Kingdom), and Per-Olof Thorne (Sweden).

We say a very BIG THANK YOU to the ten persons who made the sacrifice in contributing to this cause. We very much appreciate their humanitarian gestures and generous donations. They are some of our true friends and partners who are helping to provide education and a future to needy kids in Liberia, especially in Buchanan.

We also wish to inform you that the money raised is still with our Swedish contact persons (Lena and Anders) who are also in charge of our PayPal account. It will be sent to Liberia later. Anders has promised to pay all the fees connected with transferring the money to Liberia, including paying the Liberian bank’s service charges.

Once again, many thanks to all those who, one way or another, participated in the fundraising exercise. Thank you! Thank you! Thank You!

Written by
Paul Yeenie Harry
Director, Help Liberia Foundation Community School


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Second Update on Fundraising

Dear friends, as was promised a few days ago, we are pleased to provide you with the second update on progress made on the annex fundraising.

You will recall that, as per the first update, a total of $800.00 was raised between July 28 and August 11. Well, additional donations were made between August 12 and 21. During the period under review, a total of $575 was raised, but $20.15 was deducted as service fees.

In summary, between July 28 and August 21, a total of $1,375 was raised from eight persons: Pepperadventure AB, Anders Marner, Fredrik Hulten, Mary Smith, Lena Marner, Tauno Silander, Maria Nilsson, and Elisabeth Thorne. From this amount, a total of $50.75 was deducted as service fees.

This means the total on hand and kept by our Swedish friends (Lena and Anders) is $1,324.25.

The total we wish to raise is about $1,500.

We extend our profound thanks to Pepperadventure AB, Anders Marner, Fredrik Hulten, Mary Smith, Lena Marner, Tauno Silander, Maria Nilsson, and Elisabeth Thorne for making us reach near the target.

The exercise continues.

Written by
Paul Yeenie Harry
Director, Help Liberia Foundation Community School

You can donate using Paypal on the school's website



Preliminary Update On Annex Project Fundraising

Dear friends and supporters of the school, we all started a fundraising exercise for the construction of an annex to accommodate the newly added seventh-grade classroom for the impending academic year.

Well, at this juncture, we wish to provide you with this preliminary information, which is for the period between the time we launched the fundraising exercise (July 28) and August 11.

During the period under review, a total of $800 was raised from six (6) persons. Those who donated to the project during that time were Pepperadventure AB, Anders Marner, Fredrik Hulten, Mary Smith, Lena Marner, and Tauno Silander.

However, from this amount, a total of $30.60 was deducted as service charges. This means, the balance on hand at that time was $769.40. The fund is still with our Swedish friends.

Many thanks to all those who contributed up to August 11. We will provide you with another update in a few days.

Note: Information contained in this update was sent by Lena and Anders, our Swedish friends who are in charge of the PayPal account.

Written by
Paul Yeenie Harry
Director of Help Liberia Foundation Community School



Updates on the Ebola Issue

An update on the Ebola situation in Liberia from Paul Yeenie Harry, director of Help Liberia Foundation Community School

First of all, my profound thanks to all of you who are concerned about the Ebola situation in our country and continue to remember us in your prayers. Some of you call or write to check how things are going and how we are doing in this crisis. I will make special mention of Catherine Gill-Jamieson, Elizabeth Thorne, David Turner, Lena Marner, Mary Smith, and Anders Marner. We appreciate your concern for humanity.

At this junction, permit me to provide some information on the Ebola issue in our country.

From all indications, it is safe to say that things are NOT getting better. Why do I say this? Well, first, there was no state of emergency. Then a state of emergency was announced. Second, there was no curfew. Now, one has been announced, and it is for the entire country, not just the capital city or a few cities. Third, two townships (one in Montserrado and one in Margibi) – West Point and Dolo Town – have been quarantined. Besides, not only are more and more people believed to be contracting the Ebola virus, but also more and more people are dying of the virus or suspected of dying of it. Fourth, the virus is spreading to more regions. For example, from the onset, the point of concentration was Lofa County. Now, we do not only talk about Lofa; we also talk about Montserrado, Bong, Bomi, Nimba, etc. Fifth, many individuals and institutions, including NGOs and members of the Liberian Legislature, are blaming/criticizing the government for doing little or nothing to prevent the spread of the virus or to help people who have contracted it. Surely, these are NOT signs that things are improving.

There was a clash between the residents of West Point and Liberian security forces yesterday (August 20). At least three people were seriously injured in the process. There are also reports that the prices of basic commodities increased in certain quarters, especially in West Point.

Another problem associated with the fight against the virus is the series of inconsistent and – sometimes illogical and irresponsible – pronouncements or information coming from the government or those connected with it. For instance, President Sirleaf announced a few weeks ago that all Ebola-related dead bodies should and would be cremated because, according to her, burying the bodies would contaminate our wells, waters, etc. But guess what? Dead bodies are being buried instead of being cremated. No one, not even the President, is talking about cremation anymore. The new argument is that the Ebola virus does not survive for long outside a living tissue --- that it dies when the body is buried. But if this is true, then why did the President say that burying the dead body would contaminate our wells, waters, etc?

Anyway, there is some good news. For example, some of those who contracted the virus and were given early treatment at Ebola Isolation Centers have recovered, and they have been sent home. Some of them have spoken on the radio and on television. This, to me, indicates that if seriousness and cautiousness are applied, the virus can be kicked out of our land quicker than expected. Besides, more and more people are observing the safety measures announced by the government and our health workers.

It’s also worth mentioning that all schools, including colleges and universities, are closed for now. The government has announced that it will inform school authorities when schools should reopen. As indicated above, the government has imposed a 9pm-to-6am curfew in the country. It also announced that all video clubs and entertainment centers should be closed at 6pm. Also, not all those who are employed are going to work. Most of them, including those working with international non-governmental organizations, have been told to stay at home, saying that only “essential staff” should go to work.

By the way, many people are experiencing some very tough times during this period. In other words, things are very hard these days for a lot of people.

That's all for now. More updates later --- that is, if I manage to get online.

Note: In the next few days we will post an update on the annex project fundraising thus far. We register our apology for our inability to have done so by now.

Written by
Paul Yeenie Harry
Director of Help Liberia Foundation Community School



Urgent Fundraising Appeal for New Annex

Help Liberia Foundation Community School needs to raise around US$ 1500 to start junior high school classes. Can you help?

As you may already be aware, the school, having operated at the kindergarten and primary levels since its establishment in 2005, has decided to start junior high (middle school) classes this year. In other words, it will add Grade Seven – the first class of the junior high division – this September.

However, to do this, the school needs to build a one-classroom annex to accommodate the newly created grade level. This annex has to be built before September 1, but the school does not have the money to do this. The total cost of the annex project is around US$ 1,500.

We are therefore sending out this S-O-S appeal to all of our friends, sponsors and partners out there to please help us raise this amount. The amount, when raised, will go towards the following:

Item ---------------------------------------- Amount (in US$)

15 bags of cement @ $10.00 ——————————- 150
1 small load of sand @ $75 ———————————– 75
3 bundles of zinc @ $135 ———————————– 405
20 round poles @ $1.10 ————————————– 22
20 pieces of 2-by-4-by-14 planks @ $3.25 ———– 65
15 pieces of 1-by-3-by-14 planks @ $3 —————- 45
15 pieces of 2-by-2-by-14 planks @ $1.65 ———– 25
25 packs of wire nails @ $0.50 ————————– 12.5
3 packs of zinc nails@ $13 ——————————— 39
30 pieces of mats @ $3 ————————————– 90
15 chairs @ $15 ———————————————— 225
Transportation ————————————————– 50
Workmanship ————————————————- 250

TOTAL REQUIRED ----——————————- 1453.50

Please help us raise this amount before the 10th of August, as we wish to start and complete the construction before classes can begin on September 1.

You may send your donation using the school’s PayPal account that is controlled by Lena and Anders in Sweden. There is a link to this on the school's website.

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Visiting Help Liberia Foundation Community School in Buchanan Fills My Heart with Joy by Lena Marner

On April 9 this year, we – my husband Anders (his Bassa name is “Ah Bah,” meaning “our father”) and I (my Bassa name is “Ah Dey,” meaning “our mother” in Bassa) – had the opportunity to visit the school for the third time in one year. As always, when visiting the school, we felt very welcome. The children, staff and parent association greeted us with songs.

After the welcome songs and other activities, some parents, including Madam Doris Hills and Madam Mary Tugbeh, also gave speeches. Doris is the mother of student Rita, a girl we are sponsoring in the school, while Mary is the grandmother of Augustine, a little boy we are also sponsoring in the school. What a moment of joy and happiness!

Along with us was a group of Swedish people whom we had brought with us to visit the school during the trip. Some of them had lived in Liberia long time ago and others were visiting Liberia for the first time ever.

At the end of the engagement with the children, the group accompanying us had the opportunity of sitting in a classroom to learn the spelling and pronunciations of their new Bassa names. This was a very special gift from the school to us Swedes, for giving something that means something is highly appreciated, and it is the most valuable of all gifts. I certainly know they were very happy about the visit to the school.

One of the most positive things with the school is seeing so many familiar faces. It is great to know that parents are involved in the school. Education and knowledge is one of the key things for a good life; another key thing for a good life is health.

It is amazing to see that even the small children understand the importance of education. I observed on their part a huge willingness to learn, and this is a very, very good sign. There is a need for them to be encouraged and helped in whatever way possible.

And I understand the parents struggle to keep their children in school. It is not easy in a country that is in the process of rebuilding itself after years of civil wars when so much was destroyed.

Meeting the children, staff and parents at HLF School fills my heart with joy, and I am confident that these smart and kind children, who are the future of Liberia, will contribute to sustainable growth in Liberia, one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

We look forward to meeting them next time. Until then, we say to them, “Study hard; have fun and take care.”


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Our Visit At Help Liberia Foundation School by Kerstin and Roland Florin

We will always remember the day we visited Help Liberia School Foundation. We came in a little bus together with other persons who had lived in Liberia as children. As we drove down to the school, we could see all the pupils waving, singing and clapping their hands with joy.

We could never have had a warmer welcome. It was difficult not to let our eyes get full of tears. The school had prepared for our visit and everything was very well-organized.

Unfortunately, Roland and I were not so well-prepared for our speeches, but we spoke from our hearts directly to the children, and we hope they appreciated what we said.

We talked about all the years we had been waiting and longing to go back to Liberia. We told the children that we had lived in Yekepa when we were kids and about how we loved that time. We also tried to encourage the children about the importance of education.

We were given Bassa names. Roland got the name Teedo – “one day”, and I, Kerstin, got the name Dekontee – “everything has time”. Wonderful names.

After all the speeches, we had the joy of playing and dancing with the children to a Swedish song. Then it was time for all the gifts to be distributed. Once again, Roland and I were not properly prepared.

When we left Sweden, we had the intention to give most of our gifts to some school in Yekepa; therefore, we did not have so much to give that day. But when we saw the importance of the school (HLF School), the work they do and the needs the children have, we decided to give all we had to HLF School and the children. Our things – school equipment, toys, etc. – were distributed later on and we know that everything came to the right place.

We had a fantastic day, full of emotions. We will continue to follow the work and progress of the school and try to help the best we can.

Note from Paul Harry, school director:

Kerstin and Roland are two of the Swedish guests who visited our school in April this year. They came with Lena and Anders. They are the ones who gave the special gifts that we wrote about here.

We extend our profound thanks to Roland and Kerstin for taking the time to write about their experience with the kids and the staff at the school. We encourage others who have visited our school to write something for publication on our site.


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