We all know of the appalling crisis that is affecting so many suffering from Ebola, especially in Liberia, Sierra Leone & Guinea. The explosive spread of Ebola in West Africa is not just killing the infected, but ripping apart health services, devastating communities, and destroying people’s ability to support themselves.
About 5500 people have died and over 14,000 have been infected by the Ebola virus. The outbreak is not only a health crisis, but also a humanitarian crisis with global dimensions. If the Ebola outbreak continues to grow, the global famine warning system predicts West Africa could experience a major food crisis by January.
This touches our congregation very closely. We have several members who have family in Sierra Leone. One of them, Doris Carr, lost her nephew, Rodney Soalla-Bell, in October and we have been praying for him. He died of Ebola while working as a nurse caring for Ebola patients and taking them to the Epic Centre in Kailahun, Sierra Leone.
As a church we do not make Emergency Donations. But the PCC agreed in 2012 that our Away Giving committee should continue to encourage individuals to respond to national and international disasters and crises by providing contact details via the notice board, newsletter and service sheet notices.
The Disaster Emergency Committee – which St Mary’s wholeheartedly supports – has launched a Special Ebola Crisis Appeal.
ANY DONATION HOWEVER SMALL WOULD BE MOST WELCOME!
You can help stop the spread by donating NOW
0370 60 60 900 or www.dec.org.uk
And to give you some idea of how your donation may be spent:
£25 can provide cleaning kits including bleach, soap and a bucket for three families at risk from Ebola
£30 could buy and deliver a protection kit to keep children safe from Ebola
£35 could buy a protective suit
£50 can provide basic protective clothing such as gloves, masks, boots and gowns for three volunteers supporting people under quarantine
£50 could provide over 20 buckets which can be used in health centres to prevent infection
£60 could provide 7 hygiene kits
£75 could provide a tarpaulin to be used as a temporary community shelter for children and families affected by the outbreak
£100 could buy 40 face masks
£100 can provide training to a community on how to keep themselves safe and help stop the spread of Ebola