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Update on Christmas Gifts Fundraising Appeal

So far, the total donated is $250, meaning that after PayPal charges have been deducted, we have raised $239.65. Can you help us raise the remaining $610.35?

Yesterday made it exactly 15 days since we launched the Christmas Gifts for HLF Children Fundraising Campaign on November 16. Besides, yesterday was the end of the month.

Therefore, we wish to inform you, especially those of you who have donated toward the effort to put smiles on the faces of the children in our school, that so far only $250 has been collected from two persons – David Turner and Mary Smith of the United Kingdom.

David donated $150 from which $6.15 was deducted as service charge, leaving a balance of $143.85. Mary donated $100 from which $4.20 was deducted as service charge, leaving a balance of $95.80.

In short, we now have $239.65; meaning, we are still in need of $610.35, since the total amount for the exercise is $850. And December 5 is the deadline for the campaign.

Can you help us raise this amount?

The easiest way to donate is through the PayPal account which you can access through the link on the school website. If you prefer, you can also send money directly to the school’s bank account, or through Western Union or MoneyGram.

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

Website: http://helpliberiaschool.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HelpLiberiaFoundation

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Christmas Gifts for Our Children – Can You Help?

We would like to put smiles on the faces of the children at our school this Christmas. Can you help us raise US$ 850 by 5 December?

The outbreak of the Ebola virus has caused children to be out of school for months, and these include children of our school. But it also has to be remembered that this outbreak has not only caused children to be out of school; it has also increased the economic hardship parents face in this country, as many of them are without jobs and some of them who have jobs are forced to stay at home without being paid or given any special incentives.

This reality/situation will, of course, adversely affect many children, including children in our school, during this Christmas holiday. And this is why we want to come in to help these children, and we want to do it for three (3) main reasons.

First, it is our usual year-end practice to purchase Christmas gifts for the children in our school and distribute these gifts among them. We want to continue this tradition, especially during this Ebola time.

Second, we want to put some smiles on the faces of our children. We want them to know that there are people who care for them and want to make them happy this Christmas holiday.

Finally, we want to use the distribution of the Christmas gifts to encourage the children, the staff, the parents and the community, and to call their attention back to the school before the actual re-opening of school, especially considering the fact that the school has been closed for months and the fact that we will be adding the junior high division.

In view of the foregoing, we are launching an $850 fundraising campaign to purchase Christmas gifts for the children, and the gifts will include two (2) bales of clothes and five (5) bags of rice. More than 100 children, as well as several staffers and parents, stand to benefit from the exercise.

Breakdown of Cost

a. 2 bales of clothes @$300 = $600
b. 5 bags of rice @$40 = $200
c. Transportation and related costs = $50

We appeal to everyone, especially our regular sponsors and donors, to please help us raise this amount before December 5, so that we can put smiles of the faces of the children during this Christmas holiday.

The easiest way to donate is through the PayPal account controlled by Lena and Anders in Sweden, which you can access through the link on the school website. If you prefer not to use PayPal, you can also send money directly to the school's bank account, or through Western Union or MoneyGram.

We would also appreciate it if you are able to share this fundraising appeal with your friends and family, and on your social media pages.

We thank you in advance for your support!

Written by
Paul Yeenie Harry
Director, Help Liberia Foundation School

Website: http://helpliberiaschool.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HelpLiberiaFoundation

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Fifth Ebola Update

From all indications – as per the reports we are getting from local and international entities, including our own Health Ministry – the spread of the virus is reducing remarkably. And everybody is happy – but cautiously happy – about it. Not only is the number of new cases per day dropping, but the predictions by the international community that there could be thousands of new cases per week by December is also not happening.

Significant Improvements

* The Deputy Health Ministry Tolbert Nyenswah told the country today that there are about 50 to 100 suspected cases per day across the country. Before, it used to be about 600 to 700 cases per day across the nation.

* Besides, he indicated that the number of new confirmed cases per day is between 10 and 15, saying that in August, it was about 100.

* He then encouraged Liberians to swiftly and happily take their sick or infected relatives to the ETU (Ebola Treatment Unit) because there is significant improvement in the care of patients and because there are empty bed spaces at the various ETUs, including between 300 and 400 empty bed spaces in Monrovia alone.

* Health workers, especially nurses, are one of the groups highly hit by the virus, as many of them lost their lives in the process. However, the Deputy Minister said that in the last two weeks, the number of nurses affected by the virus is at zero.

Construction of More Ebola Treatment Units

Meanwhile, the government and its international partners continue to construct ETUs across the country. It is said that the plan is to build about 10 – 100 ETUs in each county.

The United States government just completed and turned over an ETU in Bomi County. The same USA completed another ETU in Congo Town (at the new Defense Ministry site), which the government has begun to use. Six Ebola patients are being treated there, but the facility can accommodate about 200 persons. The US has also completed a 25-bedroom ETU for local and international health workers who may contract the disease while helping Liberians.

Another ETU is being constructed at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex (commonly called SKD) by China, WHO and WFP.

New Cases

There are reports of dangerous new outbreaks in certain parts of the country – Grand Capa Mount County, between Gbarpolu and Bon Counties, Logan Town in Montserrado, Guhzon in Rivercess County, etc. over 40 persons are quarantined in Johnson and food were distributed to them yesterday.

Deputy Minister Nyenswah said that although the virus is reducing in Monrovia, there is more active transmission of the virus throughout the country.

Meanwhile, the head of the United Nations Emergency Ebola Program has warned Liberians against early celebration, as the virus is still in the country.

Three Phases of Ebola Management and Control

The Deputy Minister told the nation that they have divided their Ebola management in three phases. According to him, Phase One occurred when the virus was rising and spreading rapidly, like in August and September, which has reduced. Phase Two is what the country is experiencing at the moment – pockets of hot spots, outbreaks in the rural parts, etc, which may go on for a while. And Phase Three which will be the time when there is zero case of Ebola in the country.

Additional Signs of Improvement (?)

During the height of the Ebola crisis, the government told many of its employees to stay at home, calling them “non-essential” staff. Yesterday, the government started calling back some of these people, asking them to return to work immediately.

Also, the Ministry of Education is instructing the administrators/administrations of all public schools to go to work on their various campuses daily and to also begin repairing classroom chairs and desks. Although no specific announcement has been made about the exact date for the re-opening of schools, the general perception is that this may happen anytime next month or in January.

We promise to keep you informed.

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

Website: http://helpliberiaschool.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HelpLiberiaFoundation

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lets keep our girls clean

Her pants got stained because she was on the rag and had no tampons. ... on the rag. when a girl or woman has her period. When i am on the rag, i get cranky ...remove the rags .....just support a girl with a sanitary towel

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Fourth Ebola Update and Other News

Well, it is time once more to provide another update on the Ebola situation in Liberia. But, first, we wish to express our thankfulness to the merciful God of heaven and earth for helping us to be alive and healthy at this point in time. We are grateful to God because many people, both Liberians and non-Liberians, have lost their lives to the virus since its outbreak in March, but he has kept us alive through His grace. Already more than 2,500 people have died thus far.

However, in the last few days, there have been reports that the number of Ebola patients going to treatment centers is slightly reducing in two of the highly hit places – Montserrado County, whose capital is Monrovia, and Lofa County – but a lot of people are welcoming and accepting this quite good news cautiously and skeptically for two main reasons. First, the infection rate of the virus is increasing in other parts of the country, like in Grand Cape Mount County. Second, the infection rate has also re-intensified in Sierra Leone and Guinea, where it had earlier been reported that the virus had reduced.

Some Highlights and Related News

1. Many new Ebola treatment centers and laboratories are being built in various parts of the country.

a. The US Government, through USAID, is constructing a huge treatment center in a place called Congo Town, which is right around the capital.

b. A fraternity organization just completed another 96-bedroom treatment center and turned it over to the government a few days ago.

2. The government of Cuba sent 49 doctors and health experts to Liberia a few days ago, to help in the fight against the virus.

3. Another Liberian doctor called Thomas Scotland died of the virus on Monday. He left behind four little children and a pregnant wife. Many of Liberia’s doctors and nurses have died of Ebola in many different places. It is a serious blow to our already broken healthcare system.

4. Another problem faced is strike actions staged by health workers. They have been complaining about low salary and lack of benefits and other incentives. Liberian lawmakers have summoned the Minister of Health on a few occasions, but nothing has really changed. In fact, some of the lawmakers are demanding the resignation of the Minister, but he says he has the support of the President

5. There have been reports that the government is planning to dismiss a lot of people, which the lawmakers have condemned and warned the Executive to drop the plan, but the government has denied having any such plan. Most people are already jobless in this country. Besides, many people working with the government were told to stay at home because the government considers them “non-essential staff.”

6. The prices of food and medicines, as well as other essential commodities, have increased on the Liberian market. According to the Minister of Commerce and Industry of Liberia, Mr. Axel M. Addy, three main reasons are responsible for the increase in prices.

a. Many ships coming to Liberia are subjected to very harsh restrictions.
b. Many vessels are refusing to come to Liberia.
c. Insurance has increased on vessels coming to Liberia.

7. Liberia should have had a mid-term election for senators on Tuesday, October 14, but that was not possible because of the state of emergency imposed as a result of the Ebola outbreak. Meanwhile, the National Election Commission has set a new date, which is December 16.

8. Some in government, including lawmakers, have begun suggesting that schools should be allowed to re-open; however, there has been no official pronouncement from the President on this.

Law Students Ebola Awareness Campaign

As indicated in the last update, we ended Phase Two of our awareness on Saturday, October 11. In Phase One, we talked with 3,285 people – 1,757 men, 939 women and 586 children. In Phase Two, we talked with 3, 429 people – 1,372 men, 1,132 women and 931 children.

After resting for about two weeks, we commenced Phase Three yesterday, Thursday, October 23. It will go for four weeks, two times a week. I am still the Coordinator for Outreach.

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

Website: http://helpliberiaschool.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HelpLiberiaFoundation

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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

Website: http://helpliberiaschool.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HelpLiberiaFoundation

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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

Website http://helpliberiaschool.org/
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/HelpLiberiaFoundation

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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

Website http://helpliberiaschool.org/
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/HelpLiberiaFoundation

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God Almighty Rules The World

God Almighty Rules The World

God Almighty Rules The World

Dear All,

Hope you and your Falilies are in the Best of your Health.

I have Resigned ! from my previous High School job, on 31st March,2014 ! as the job contract was completed on that day.

Then Qnwards and Still ! Now it's " 6 Monthes " Running , i am
Trying !!!! for a New ! Job !

Sorry ! Very Sorry ! to say, " A Team " of " Very Corrupted " and " Very Jealous " People are Damaging !!!! ALL......... my Job Opportunities ! Though i am Giving ! One ! of the Best ! Interview !

I am Just Praying ! and Praying !

I am an " Honest Lady " and Cannot ! Adopt ! any Unfair ! Means !

I would Like ! to Inform ! the " Whole World" about what is Going ! on In India !

Even by Magic - My Internet Connection ! at my Home ! has been made Corrupted !

Now i am Writing ! from Cafe ! Though i Pay Every Month BSNL BroadBand Bill !

I am Praying Whole Heartedly !

Let's See ! What is God Almighty's Plan for Me !

Regards,
Sushmita,
India

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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 http://helpliberiaschool.org/

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