Due to their skill and caring, the documentary HOPE is possible. Henry and Armah were my constant companions traveling throughout Monrovia conducting interviews at various difficult locations, capturing images of life on the streets and speaking to program participants, filming meetings, and chasing down a million details. Working long, chaotic hours they somehow managed to gather beautiful, high quality images and footage that we are now assembling into our documentary. They are dear and treasured members of our human family. Help us honor Henry and Armah's hard work by making this film a reality. Back our campaign on Kickstarter.
Angela is an MD in a country with one doctor for every 72,000 people vs one for every 400 in America. She operates Benson Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia with her husband Dr Jimi Benson. Benson Hospital is the only health care facility in the country that did not close for even one minute during the Ebola crisis. Truly amazing! Back our campaign on Kickstarter.
Foday drove an ambulance, helped hundreds of people and contracted the virus while holding a terrified sick young boy. Fortunately Foday survived - a miracle - thanks to God! He is an Ebola survivor and strong advocate for others who have lived through Ebola. If he looks familiar there’s a good reason, Foday was one of Time Magazine’s People of the Year. Back our campaign on Kickstarter.
Support our Kickstarter campaign to raise money for "Hope: Resilience in the face of war, poverty and Ebola". This film will help raise awareness and funds for our programs. As a backer you can chose from several great gifts including handmade bracelets, Premium Microloan Blend Coffee and more. Be a part of this exciting new project - you can even get your name in the film credits!
La Jolla, CA - After a very quiet and mindful morning followed by a long walk by the sea, I am musing on our one human family – and how diverse our realities are. I doubt anyone in Liberia began their day as I did. That is one of the reasons I am so committed to completing the documentary film HOPE. This is the 10th year that the Foundation for Women has been operating in Liberia. It has been an extraordinary experience getting to know and love the people of this West African nation. Our impact has been tremendous – more than 15,000 microfinance loans to women in more than 250 communities around the country. And more recently, microfinance loans to nearly 100 low fee independent school operators to enhance the education reality for the children of Liberia. All very impactful.
La Jolla, CA - We are very excited to be announcing our Kickstarter campaign to raise money for our new documentary film "Hope: Resilience in the face of war, poverty and Ebola". This film will help us raise awareness and funds for our education and microcredit programs. As a backer you will receive the satisfaction of helping these members of our human family who have valuable lessons for all of us. You'll also be able to chose from several great gifts including handmade bracelets, Premium Microloan Blend Coffee and other items. Be a part of this exciting new project - you can even get your name in the film credits! Go to our Kickstarter page.
Ebola is back. The World Health Organization declared the Ebola epidemic over in January of this year. A 30-year old woman in Liberia became the most recent Ebola statistic. The virus has now claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people in the last 28 months.
La Jolla, CA - Two years ago this month Ebola began its unprecedented impact on the people and country of Liberia. Thousands of people became infected. Thousands of people died. Nearly 5000 people survived, only to face an unbelievable reality – life with tremendous loss.
I am deeply touched by this recent article in the New York Times "Ebola, Ruthless to Families, Leaves Liberian Man Alive and Alone". I know many Ebola survivors. Yes they thank God for their good fortune, but trying to make a new normal after Ebola is not easy.
I am working closely with the men who ran the crematorium from August – December 2014 at the height of the crisis. They are heroes, not just for Liberia but for the world. Without their heroic efforts, who knows how the virus would have continued to spread, who know how much higher the death toll. Yet the men of Marshall are now outcasts; cremation in Liberia is viewed as sending a person to hell.
La Jolla, CA - I started today as I do every Tuesday when I am not in Liberia. At 7:00AM here in California I answer a Skype request from Anna and say hello to my dear Liberian team. Soon we ask our partners at Edify to join us. We begin a weekly global business meeting, all together thanks to Skype.
Before we began today’s agenda, our Foundation for Women Liberia COO David brought up the recent terrorist attacks in the Ivory Coast and then yesterday in Mali. He mentioned that there is a heightened security awareness now in West Africa; it is all very close to home now. We offered a pray for peace in the world, not knowing at that moment terrorists were striking again – this time in the heart of Brussels, the subway system and the airport. So many dead.
Last week was the first time the three most affected West African nations recorded no new cases of Ebola since the unprecedented crisis began in March 2014. According to the World Health Organization, there have been more than 11,000 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. There is no assurance that the disease is complete. Liberia had been declared free of the disease in May 2015 when a flare up occurred in June. It is now disease-free for the second time. The impact on Deborah and her sister Florence and cousins Mattie and Ingrid has been tremendous. Schools were closed for six months. Simple human touch – a handshake or a hug – has all but disappeared. Deborah no longer shares her lunch or water with friends at school. Her classroom holds fewer children, all of whom must sit further apart than before Ebola; many children have not returned to school.
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.