This #GivingTuesday is the perfect time for us to once again feature some amazing organizations that are working tirelessly to contain Ebola and provide health care and education to affected communities in West Africa.
With the help of our community partner, World Moms Blog, we’ve asked a sampling of mothers from 5 continents about why they think it’s important to support the effort to end Ebola no matter where on the planet you live.
Aisha Yesufu, Nigeria
“In Nigeria, people are struggling with not being able to be ‘there’ for others because they are afraid of being infected, even if the person has survived Ebola and is no longer contagious. The stigma of the disease haunts and is taking away our natural sense of humanity. For example, when my friend was sick and hospitalized in Nigeria, I did not go to visit her. Why? Because there was a rumour that someone had been taken to that hospital and had Ebola. Also, I once witnessed an old woman who couldn’t walk properly and was being helped by a young male I presume could be her son or grandson. My first reaction was to quickly help them, but on another thought I stopped midway because I was scared about catching Ebola at the health facility. About 3 months have passed now since that happened, and I beat myself up inside for not helping.
Fear of the disease has even given me anxiety about hugging my own daughter! How can we live like this? Ebola not only kills but also the fear of it is taking away the little shred of humanity we have.”
Maureen Hitipeuw, Indonesia
“As an Indonesian I think it is the world’s responsibility to do what we can to help end Ebola. As a ‘global village’ we can all come together and do something real for humanity. I’ve read that understaffed, overworked clinics in West Africa need medical supplies and the people also need to be assured and educated to trust that western medicine will help cure them. We need to be more proactively involved instead of waiting for it to arrive in our own countries until we begin to care. Ebola is a human problem, not a West African problem.”
“When my adopted daughter heard about Ebola, she immediately asked if her Ethiopian Mama was going to be ill. In contrast to (social) media, my 5 year old living in Belgium might be excused for thinking the whole of Africa is one country, affected by Ebola. But she did have a point. How do we protect her Ethiopian Mama? How do we protect the Liberian, Guinean, Nigerian and Sierra Leonean Mamas? How do we protect all the Mamas of Africa? Truth is, it confuses me that containment of Ebola shows to be such a complicated issue. Yes, it needs early detection, isolation of patients – and yes, of bodies – proper disinfection measures and a lot of personal protection equipment. But the means for all this are existing and available. Now we need to get them to the African Mamas.”
Karyn Van Der Zwet, New Zealand
“As a New Zealander, I feel that we are all part of humanity and our compassion toward others who can never repay us is a measure of character. ”
Cynthia Changyit Levin, USA
“The cruelty of Ebola is especially offensive to me as a mother. It’s extreme contagious nature strikes at the basic instinct of a parent to care for and touch a child with love in the moment of deepest suffering for both of them. The hopes and dreams of an entire family can be wiped out because someone loves too much not to reach out. Ebola can spread across the world over oceans, but so can our love and generosity. Let’s give suffering families and ourselves the gift of stopping this terrible disease in it’s tracks.”
It will take all of us to end this epidemic. You can be a part of the solution by supporting organizations that are providing vital support to communities in Western Africa, including these:
Click HERE to find out more about these organizations and ways you can help. And wherever you are, sign our petition calling on world leaders to step up their support, and get it delivered faster. Together, we can help heal the world.