At EducAid we have been fighting to protect ourselves from
Ebola from the very beginning. We are in the fortunate position that the
majority of our school compounds are generally self-contained and stable. Under
the guidance of our Country Director and Trustees, the staff have implemented
strict protocols that restrict the movement on to and off of our property –
limiting them to those that are absolutely essential. Now that the streets are
nearly deserted for fear of further contamination, and the fact that Ebola is
only spread from symptomatic carriers of the virus, we have consolidated our
position enough to consider the next step.
Errands that are likely to lead to increased risk of exposure
– those via public transport or to congested areas – are taken under extreme
caution with long sleeves and gloves mandatory. We have also managed to
stockpile our food, water, and gasoline resources to hold until December. Now
we are beginning to prepare ourselves for the even greater challenge of
educating and preparing our population for life after Ebola.
This blog is the beginning of a series that will keep our
donors informed of how we are tackling Ebola on the ground in the short, mid,
and long-term. We will be documenting our efforts to consolidate the protection
of our schools, how we are striving to continue the education of our students that
are not currently under our care, and our strategy for dealing with life after
Ebola. Our network of schools and staff around the country puts us in a good
position to describe what it is really like to live with Ebola in Sierra Leone.
These are the stages of our program to fight Ebola:
Stage 1: Protocol – protecting our
school sites by ensuring that our students and staff are educated in the best
ways of avoiding contagion. Implementing strict protocol on travel and
Stage 2: Education – delivering
learning from a distance. We will be making and distributing educational materials
so that the children currently not allowed to re-join our schools are
not left behind. We will also be empowering them with the correct information
to make the right decisions regarding Ebola within their family homes.
3: Post-Ebola preparation – It is the responsibility of organisations like ours
to ensure that our students and staff are prepared sufficiently, and to help them
avoid any social or civil upheaval in this vulnerable country. From the orphans
of Ebola to the education of the wider population, we must be ready.
Our program centres education
at it’s core. We believe that the education of
young men and women is essential to: unlock human potential, overcome poverty,
improve wellbeing, build democracy, and to providing the cornerstone for stable
development. We are sure that, with the assistance of the international
community, Sierra Leone will be able to isolate and contain Ebola, and we know
it is our mission to be there in the aftermath.
Aside from detailing our efforts
in this blog, we will also be bringing you more insightful information in to
the perception of the Sierra Leonean population on a range of subjects, and
trying to combat some of the myths that still exist around Ebola within the
The EducAid network covers 9
schools across the country. Through our blog we will bring you our stories of
how life is inside, and outside of the schools.
We have 0 full-time employees
in the UK, and over 180 in Sierra Leone. Together we educate over 3000
students, and we’re building for a life #AfterEbola