Have you or a loved one experienced the pain of the sudden death of a family member who was in the prime of their life? Have you or a loved one ever been socially rejected and subjected to cruel treatment? Never, we hope, but if you have then you may truly understand the emotional turmoil that Ebola Orphans experience.
Ebola orphans are defined as children below the age of 18 who, due to the Ebola epidemic, have lost the primary earner or bread-winner in the family. The family in many West African home often includes children of relatives and other children who may have been adopted informally. In many homes, both parents have passed away due to Ebola. The United Nations estimates that there may be over 10,000 Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone alone despite the fact that there are orphans in other regions such as Guinea and Liberia.
Over the past 3-4 months, we have been taking care of several Ebola orphans in the Wellington community of Freetown, Sierra Leone, providing food, maintenance, counselling, rehabilitation and support. New cases of Ebola have declined considerably this month and efforts are now focusing increasingly on long-term solutions such as ensuring an enhanced health capacity and care for Ebola Orphans.
One of the orphans that we have been working with is Geraldine. Geraldine and her siblings lost their parents to Ebola. Since she was admitted to an Ebola Treatment Unit, we have been supporting Geraldine and her siblings. We have also had the opportunity to provide counselling and psycho-social support to them and have helped with their reintegration back into the community. Read more...