African Union deployment of Healthcare workers from Ethiopia, who left last week.

An Amazing Christmas Gift….

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.

Merry CHRISTmas.

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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

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