As most of you can imagine the past year and a half has been very challenging for those of us who work in Liberia and West Africa due to the Ebola Epidemic. We are thankful to God for getting us through it and allowing us to continue serving the people of Liberia. Ebola was not on our radar and, as a result, we have experienced significant setbacks in all of our programs and projects. Our resources have been depleted due to our efforts to keep our faculty and staff fed and healthy during the crisis. Since the outbreak of Ebola in May, 2014, I have not been able to return to Liberia but have kept busy raising funds and collecting much needed items to send to Liberia to help those most in need.
Our schools also suffered tremendously as a result of Ebola. All 14 schools were shut down by government mandate in May, 2014 and have just reopened for the first time on September 9, 2015, for which we are very grateful. However, we still face great challenges due to lower attendance and fewer resources. Since each child is required to pay a daily fee that sustains the school, fewer students means less resources while our expenses remain the same.
We currently have approximately 1,000 students who are no longer able to attend school as a direct result of the Ebola Outbreak in the country. Some have lost 1 or both parents, while others have simply lost access to income that they once enjoyed. Due to these unforeseen circumstances, we are asking for some additional help that we normally do not need at this time of year. Our goal is to see all of these children back in the classroom and all of our teachers receiving their full pay. For the Fall semester this will cost approximately $100,000. We believe that by the Spring semester, these children and their families will have been able to recover and will, once again, be able to pay for their own tuition. We would greatly appreciate any help that you can give us with this current need as well as share this need with your friends, associates, church members, etc.
We have put together a wonderful animated video I believe you will enjoy watching highlighting my story and our current challenges that you can feel free to share as well.
All donations can be made through our website or by mailing a check to our Dallas office at 10,000 North Central Expressway, Ste. 400, Dallas, TX75231.http://www.canintl.org/donate/ Thankyou and God bless!