EWMI reached (and exceeded) our goal for our campaign to Support Liberians in the Fight against Ebola!
With the rapid spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, the country’s most vulnerable population, the prisoners in the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) and surrounding regional prisons, are in very serious danger of contracting the virus. In early August, EWMI sent $2,000 in Emergency Funds to Prison Fellowship Liberia for the purchase of preventative hygienic materials to ensure the safety and security of the inmates in the most densely populated prisons across Liberia. Additionally, EWMI launched a campaign to raise additional funds. With EWMI's initial contribution, Prison Fellowship International's matching donation, a matching contribution from Open Society Foundation and the generous contributions of EWMI supporters, PFL will receive over $7,000!
Facing an astonishingly muted international response to this horrifying epidemic, we did what we do best – leveraging resources from multiple organizations and across our personal and professional contacts to make a real difference. Our fundraising efforts not only provided basic needs for the prisoners and their families, and provided critical equipment and supplies to prevent the spread of Ebola into the prisons, but also influenced decision-makers at the highest level with trainings at the Ministry of Justice.
The donations have supported raising awareness, and distributing preventive materials: water holders, purification tablets, soap, cleaning supplies, food (rice and beans), mattresses, and footwear for both prison inmates and correction officers. Reverend Kollie, Director of PFL, is most grateful for the assistance and wishes to express this gratitude for all of those who have supported PFL’s efforts to fight the Ebola Outbreak in Montserrado, Bong, Grand Bassa and Margibi Counties.