To help with the headline-grabbing and heartache-inducing crisis of Ebola in West Africa, the Foundation For Women (FFW), a 501(c)3 non-profit, has set up a bank account in La Jolla where those interested can donate money to help those fighting the outbreak.

Focusing on Liberia, La Jolla resident and FFW Founder Deborah Lindholm, is spearheading the effort to get assistance to the African country. With guidance from friend and banker Jennifer Harter, a FFW account has been set up at the City National Bank (La Jolla branch), 800 Silverado St., Suite 100.

Harter said those wanting to donate can walk into the branch and contribute directly to the FFW Ebola Campaign account, or mail a check made out to Foundation For Women, with a memo indicating it is for the Ebola Campaign.

The account opened Sept. 9, and there is no deadline for giving. Lindholm explained a $20 donation (or increments thereof) will provide one family in Liberia with bleach and a bucket to help sanitize their hands (and hand sanitizer) to help prevent the spread of the virus.


La Jolla resident and Foundation For Women Founder Deborah Lindholm with a 6-year-old girl also named Deborah, during a visit to Liberia in August 2014.


“People who have contact with those with Ebola have to wash their hands with water and bleach to kill it because it is very contagious,” Lindholm said. “I would love for the community to do something and I think if people knew they had the option to do something that will help people directly on the ground, they would give.” Lindholm and FFW have worked to

support women in Liberia for almost eight years through microfinance. “We have given more than 10,000 loans, starting at $100, to women in more than 250 communities across Liberia, giving very poor women access to capital to create some income generating activity,” she said.

Through these women and others, she has been getting updates about the dire situation. Quoting James Dorbor Jallah of the Liberia Ebola Task Force, Lindholm said, “The virus is spreading at the speed of sound and international aid is coming at the speed of a snail.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cites the current outbreak as the worst in history and the first in West Africa. As of Aug. 31, the CDC reports 1,698 suspected and confirmed cases, 871 suspected case deaths, and 403 laboratory confirmed cases. The World Health Organization first announced the situation in March.

“While the world is figuring it out at the top level, we are figuring it out at the grassroots level here,” Lindholm said.


FoundationForWomen.org Find information about the Foundation and its efforts in Liberia, letters from Liberia, a list of needed supplies, and ways to donate.







image7At the suggestion of our Foundation for Women team in Liberia, we would like to get bleach and hand sanitizer in the hands of every one of our members in every community. 


For a US$20 donation you can help us accomplish this in one Liberian household, one family at a time.  


Help us by supporting one or many families!

We are one human family; we all need to be part of the solution to ebola.

To help end ebola in Liberia, visit www.foundationforwomen.org  or call 858-483-0400 to make your $20 or more donation.



Check out our Facebook Page for updates and blogs on the ongoing situation in Liberia.




Mail checks to:

The Foundation for Women,

4747 Morena Blvd. Ste. 375,

San Diego, CA 92117.


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 2. The Liberian American Community Organization of Southern California is asking for supplies that are greatly needed in Liberia right now. They are working on putting together a delivery now, so if you or anyone you know are able to donate or purchase any of these items, please let us, at FFW, know.


Thank you for all your support, thoughts and prayers for Liberia during this very difficult time. We appreciate all that you do.   
Keep checking our blog for updates and more Letters for Liberia.







Improving Girls Education Through Technology

Improving Girls Education Through Technology, Labs For F-SHAM
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Published: 16 July 2014
Monrovia - Vice President Joseph Boakai has announced collaboration between F-SHAM of Faith School for Girls, The Foundation for Women and EDIFY, an educational partner in Liberia that has resulted a transformed F-SHAM into a Technology school for girls in Liberia.

The technology school is the first of its kind with low-fee independent school for girls in Liberia.

A statement from the Office of the Vice President quotes the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Foundation for Women Madam Deborah Lindholm as saying that the transformation of F-SHAM includes the refurbishment of the physical structure and interior courtyard with additions that includes two state of the art computer labs.


She also disclosed that a solar system to provide power for these labs and other needs for the school that will eliminate the expensive regular use of a generator would shortly be provided.

Lindholm said: “Accordingly, the high technology upgrade includes the latest technology computers with high speed internet, video connection possibilities worldwide, access to global software and teaching support, and the transformation of the school’s accounting system and practices.

“Moreover, according to Madam Lindholm, the Lab will benefit students of F-SHAM, the teaching and administrative staff and the community, as the computer labs will be accessible outside of school hours to the surrounding community.”

She said, F-SHAM was chosen for this special project due to their history of academic excellence of their committed founders and staff, and their willingness to grow beyond the present reality of education in Liberia, particularly for girls.

The FFW is a registered NGO operating in Liberia since 2007 providing microfinance support to more than 10,000 women in more than 250 communities in 14 counties and has also provided microfinance support to 15 low –fee independent school operators to enhance education in Liberia, a VPO release concluded.

According to Madam Lindholm the two labs are unique in a way that EDIFY the group funding the project through FFW purchased a special kind of software (Smile) that makes teaching and learning easy for students and teachers at all levels.

SMILE technology, according to her was purchased from the Stanford University in the United States, which gives students access to all the educational materials without Internet access.

Also speaking at the program US ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac commended FFW for the support to the country’s education sector with specific reference to girls’ education, which according to her is cardinal to the growth and development of Liberia.

The Liberia education Master plan in 1999 reported that Africa has about 57.65% male and 42.38% female students. From this data, Liberia could not boast of a ratio of 5 to 3 School — going girls to that of boys.

The dropout rate for girls is very high. Most girls end up in the streets of Liberia with nothing to do and thereby forced into early marriage.

It is against this background that the need for the establishment of an institution like F-SHAM OF FAITH GIRLS ACADEMY became necessary.


F-SHAM offers a basic educational program for Girls, which provides the foundation for continuous and lifelong learning for sustenance.

The institution is the first of its kind in the country, it was established in 2000 on April 19, by five prominent Liberian Women who saw the need for such venture during the post war period of national reconstruction.

 The idea of establishing F-SHAM according to the Principal started, when Sarah Kokulo Taylor (Mrs.) (the proprietress and a founding member) was in the service of her church school, St. Peters Lutheran High School.


As a Principal, Sarah had some administrative problems with the Parish Council for refusing to provide the needs of the students. This frustration led her to one of the Board members, Mrs. Mildred P. George to tell her of her intention to resign as a principal of St. Peters Lutheran high school.


One morning, Aminata Jalloh was strolling along Cheeseman Avenue in Monrovia, Liberia when she stopped to ask what a group of women were doing in front of a building. She was told that the place was the Foundation for Women, an NGO that was helping to empower women by providing them microloans to start their businesses.
Aminata Jalloh applied with the Foundation for Women for a “Unique Loan” (individual loan). Like other applicants, she had an interview before she received the loan. The interview is to get to know the applicant and the applicant’s ability to repay the loan.

Elsa, a Story of Empowerment and Success

It was over 7 years ago that Elsa joined our first borrowing centers in El Cajon City. She came to explore opportunities to generate sustainable income to support her family. Elsa has 3 children, 2 girls and 1 boy. She was living in a trailer, was unemployed, didn’t speak English and had no business experience.  It was through the Foundation that Elsa discovered that she could use her love of jewelry making to generate income for her family.
“It was the Foundation who taught me that I had a talent that I could use to start a business. They gave me the courage and inspiration that I needed to sell my jewelry in the marketplace."


The Foundation for Women is committed to ending poverty through microfinance.


The Foundation for Women is making a difference in communities with compassion, integrity, commitment and joy.