Santa Fe, New Mexico - I traveled here a couple of days ago with my friend Jeanne Adams. Jeanne just finished curating and hanging an exhibit entitled Fragile Waters which will open at the San Diego Maritime Museum the first of March. She had a few days free before the opening of the exhibit so we have come to stay with dear friend Janie Davis. I love Santa Fe and take advantage of every opportunity to spend time here.
As I make plans to return to Liberia for the first time after six months away, the longest time I have been away from this my beloved country since 2006. Please see this recent TED talk about ebola – we all must help to finish it – please no complacency and fatigue until it is eradicated and our human family stops suffering from this deadly virus. Please.
With love and gratitude ~ Deborah
By Fred Barbash - The Washington Post
Liberia, the West African nation hardest it by Ebola, has begun a frightening descent into economic hell. That's the import of three recent reports from international organizations that seem to bear out the worst-case scenarios of months ago: that people would abandon the fields and factories, that food and fuel would become scarce and unaffordable, and that the government's already meager capacity to help, along with the nation's prospects for a better future, would be severely compromised. They are no longer scenarios. They are real. While these trends have been noted anecdotally, the cumulative toll is horrific.
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The Ebola virus triggered closure of the Foundation For Women's office in Liberia’s capital of Monrovia Thursday after its generator repairman, Victor, died of the disease. All workers will be tested and the building and two vans sanitized before a projected Oct. 1 reopening, reports FFW founder and CEO Deborah Lindholm, of La Jolla. She returned to San Diego Aug. 8 when the U.S. government ordered all nonessential personnel to leave the country. Her nonprofit organization delivers microloans to women, enabling them to start small businesses and become self-sustaining. A popular FFW center manager in northern Liberia, one of the hardest hit areas, also succumbed to the disease while caring for patients. “It is getting worse, worse, worse,” said Lindholm, who is in constant touch with her Liberian colleagues.
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Deborah Lindhom is the Founder and CEO of the Foundation for Women. For over 20 years she has lived and worked in Africa, India and the United States on issues of poverty, education and microcredit.