By the end of the month the African Union, will have deployed nearly 1000 Health Care Workers, from half a dozen African countries, to the Ebola stricken countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. This is an amazing feat, and it has been made, possible by the donations, from some of YOU. Yes, those “little”, contributions of $1, R10, N100, K1000, are saving lives!
I recently had an opportunity to actually speak to someone who has been there already. And I came to realise just what a tough job it is; they are literally putting their lives on the line, each and every day. They are not different from soldiers, in a battle field.
I stand in awe of these brave young men, and women from across Africa. Every day, I think about how each one of them, is literally saving the lives their fellow brothers and sisters.
As part of the private sector’s support to the African Union’s initiative, of deploying Health Care Workers, we have not just been trying to raise money, but we have also been receiving “contributions in kind”. Some of these contributions have really been amazing:
We all know about the contribution, being made by the Mobile Network Operators, across 44 countries, who have setting up a system to help people make small contributions. This whole thing was coordinated by a special Swedish lady, from a company called Kinnevik. They have even offered to match any money donated by their employees!
Diana Layfield, who was born in Africa, led a team from Standard Chartered Bank, that set up the entire donation system.
African Airlines, like Kenya Airways, and Ethiopian Airlines, have been faring people on our behalf.
This week, we received a consignment of 1000 Kindles (eReader computers), valued at almost $500,000, from the American company, Amazon.Com. They were delivered to my home, with a request, to get them to the Health Care Workers, so that they can have something to read. Isn’t that amazing?!
Another group has just offered a complete fleet of ambulances. Others have offered energy bars, for the Health Care workers.
The list of donations, and in kind donors is long, and growing every day. I just singled out these few, as an example.
If it has inspired you, please make a small donation, this Christmas holiday, so that we can support our brave “soldiers of Ebola”, and help finish this fight.