Sierra Leone was greatly affected by the Ebola outbreak that began in 2014. Because of the generous donation of ACI, SOSL was able to initiate an Ebola response program in the Bongema Village. SOSL set up sanitation stations, engaged in door-to-door education and dialogue, and trained 50 Community Health Care Workers (CHWs) in partnership with Dr. Dan Kelly, an infectious disease specialist. The donation also directly supported 67 children who were orphaned by the virus. Since the SOSL program was initiated, there have been no reported cases of Ebola in the village.
“We are very happy our donation could make such a difference to the people effected by Ebola in the Bongema Village” said CEO Zandre Campos. “Our support of Shine on Sierra Leone began because we both want to create sustainable businesses and economies throughout Africa.”
ACI also supports the Shine on Family Support Program, EXCEL. EXCEL trains local social workers and provides educational and psychosocial support services. The program specifically supports orphans and vulnerable children affected by the Ebola virus. Psychosocial support services are provided so that the virus does not define the future of the children who were effected.
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