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ADRA’s Ebola Response Continues

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was unprecedented in its scale, with 25,600 reported cases and 10,600 deaths. Along with the health threat, Ebola also disrupted farming, economic activity, school systems, and even social customs, leaving very few not affected.

ADRA’s Ebola response in Liberia and Sierra Leone is focused on three main areas:

Awareness and Prevention

  • ADRA Liberia’s community health campaigns, including media and handouts, have educated more than 32,000 people on how to protect themselves and their families.
  • More than 335 soap and chlorine hand-washing stations were established in schools, community centers, public areas, and other strategic locations.
  • ADRA Sierra Leone’s decontamination center have disinfected more than 2,600 households and replaced contaminated mattresses, bedding, and mosquito nets.

Clinical Response

  • ADRA sent 7 shipments of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to protect staff and community around Cooper Adventist Hospital in Liberia.

 Community Support

  • More than 140,000 people received emergency food supplies after their crops and income were cut off by the Ebola crisis.
  • In Liberia, ADRA has distributed more than 800 survivor kits with mattresses, bedding, food, soap, and basic household items.

Around 285,000 school meals are being provided to students who have returned to school.

Liberia Welcomes Cote d’Ivoire Refugees

Liberia: ADRA Working with Refugee Populations from Cote d’Ivoire

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The eastern region of Grand Gedeh, Liberia has become home to more than 150,000 refugees from neighboring country, Cote d’Ivoire. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to assist some of the neediest of families who have sought refuge in Liberia from drought and civil unrest. Through a project that is distributing supplies of food, and offering training in agriculture and domestic violence education, ADRA is helping strengthen physical and mental health amongst refugees.

Following the presidential election in November 2010, riots erupted in Cote d’Ivoire that eventually led 1 million people to flee from an uncertain and fearful future. Approximately 170,000 people sought refuge in neighboring Liberia, the majority of who are still living there today. Refugee camps are overcrowded, and the abounding population has placed stress on the availability of food. Lack of land has made it increasingly difficult for the refugee population to support their livelihood, leaving them highly dependent on assistance.

In response to the needs, ADRA has been distributing food amongst the refugee population with a special high-energy diet offered to children under five years of age. In addition to temporarily alleviating hunger, ADRA is also providing 1,700 families in Grand Gedeh with packets of seeds, agricultural tools, and equipment so that they can support themselves and families once ADRA’s project comes to a close.

Malnutrition is widespread, not only within refugee camps but also amongst the local Liberian communities. The effect of insufficient food is widely felt, especially when considering that a little more than 70 percent of Liberia’s population heavily relies on agriculture. Harsh weather conditions make agriculture an unstable source of income; therefore, ADRA has reached out to food-insecure Liberians in order to ensure food is readily available. ADRA is offering training in farming techniques to improve the yield of crops in farming communities within Pohan Baywadee and Janzon refugee camps. Working closely with village elders, ADRA is teaching farmers how to properly cultivate vegetable seeds, which can then be used by the population for further cultivation.

In addition to food security and agricultural training, ADRA is meeting the needs of women affected by gender-based violence, (GBV) a common occurrence within refugee populations. In the town of Ziah, ADRA has has built a center for women who are victims of sexual violence. In this center, approximately 1,200 women, particularly single mothers and pregnant women, receive psychological support, and are offered the chance to participate in various training programs. In addition, ADRA has opened sports clubs for women with the purpose to educate young women about the early warning signs and destructive consequences of domestic violence.

To learn more about ADRA’s live-saving efforts, please contact ADRA at 1.800.424.ADRA (2372) or give online at www.adra.org

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ADRA is a global non-governmental organization providing sustainable community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race or ethnicity.

For more information about ADRA, visit www.adra.org

Helping Ivorian Refugees

Liberia: ADRA Continues to Help Improve the Lives of Ivorian Refugees

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Internal conflict stemming from a tumultuous election result between opposing political parties in Cote d’Ivoire has triggered an exodus of Ivorian refugees to seek safety in nearby countries such as Liberia. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to assist Ivorian refugees through an emergency response focusing on agricultural training and sexual and gender based violence services (SGBV).

Due to the intense scale of SGBV that has been reported in Ziah Town, ADRA Liberia is establishing an SGBV center that will provide psycho-social counseling to survivors of SGBV and mental trauma. The need for such a service is in high demand as SGBV can likely lead to long-term, mental and physical distress.

Other initiatives in the area of SGBV includes awareness workshops for both refugee and host communities, informal education, and skill training to empower the vulnerable with opportunities to advance their livelihood without trading sex for resources, and athletic activities that seek to engage youth and develop an strengthened sense of community.

In addition, ADRA Liberia has developed a program to address the diminishing food source in Grand Gedeh. In partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), ADRA will implement agricultural activities that will train community members’ in basic farming techniques.

To begin the program, ADRA will cultivate farmland that has been made available to them by town chiefs. This farmland will serve as a model for community members, before they adopt and implement the process in their respective communities. The agricultural training targets 1,000 beneficiaries, with a focus on larger-size families who are at higher-risk of suffering from starvation.

According to the Liberian Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), an estimated 177,000 Ivorian refugees have crossed into Liberia since November 2010, many of whom have sought shelter with family members or have encamped in open air.

Since late November 2010, the Ivory Coast has experienced a steady escalation of political unrest due to the highly disputed election results between rival presidential opponents, each claiming Presidency.  As a result, there has been an increase of attacks of political supporters and a rise in human rights violations.

To send your contribution to ADRA’s Emergency Response Fund, please contact ADRA at 1.800.424.ADRA (2372) or give online at www.adra.org

Follow ADRA on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest information as it happens.

ADRA is a global non-governmental organization providing sustainable community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race or ethnicity.

For more information about ADRA, visit www.adra.org