A Well Fed World – Vegan Feeding Program in Liberia

VEGAN 22First of all, the people of Lofa County, Liberia and the Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society extend sincere thanks and appreciation to Dawn Moncrief and the entire staff and compassionate donors of A Well Fed World for the donations. The funds made tremendous impact at this crucial moment in Liberia when Liberians are fighting the Ebola epidemic. The Ebola crisis has taken the lives of over 4,000 Liberians. The fund was very crucial in saving the lives of farm animals, pets and feeding the starving population with free vegan food.

When the Ebola disease started in Liberia in March, 2014, the government of Liberia placed a ban on the hunting and eating of all bush meat as one of the effective ways of fighting the spread of the Ebola disease. The banning of bush meat consumption in the country was highly appreciated by the Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society. However, the ban created a very serious threat for farm animals and pets. The consumption of farm animals and pets increased at an alarming rate.

The Ebola epidemic has also created food shortage in the country. The virus entered the country at which time the subsistence farmers were getting ready to start their farming activities. The Ebola crisis disrupted every farming activity in the affected communities. Lofa County is one of the epicenters for the Ebola virus in the country. The virus entered the country through Lofa County from neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The funds received from A Well Fed World were used to address the issues of farm animal and pet consumption and feed the starving population with free vegan food. The Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society used the funds to provide free plant based diets to four affected towns in Lofa County. These communities are:

1. Whycardou————500 people benefited
2. Bakorma————– 250 people benefited
3. Jarmolon————— 400 people benefited
4. Voinjama————– 154 people benefited
A Total of: 1,304 people benefited from the plant based diets

The Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society spent three days in each town.

Day 1: Educated the people on the importance of plant based diets/ Animal protection
Day 2: Provided plant based diets for the entire community as sample food
Day 3: Gave each family a take home supply of plant based diets.

We wouldn`t have saved the lives of farm animals, pets and the starving population at this crucial time in Liberia without your support. We therefore extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to the family of A Well Fed World and all the compassionate donors.

Thanks,
Morris Darbo
Program Coordinator
Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society

Clean Water Needed for the People of Liberia

W P 3Liberia presently accounts for over 50% of the Ebola death rate in the world. One main contributing factor is the living condition of the people. Most of the remote villages drink from streams. The people have to go for water very earlier in order to get so called clean water. Children as small as 5 years have to join their mothers in order to fetch water for their families.

USD $1,500 can construct a safe drinking water pump for an entire community. Click on the donation links to the right to help provide fresh water to people who desperately need it.

Operation Hand Wash Against Ebola – Update Nov 9

Help 8Schools should have been opened since September, but due to the current health crisis in the country schools are closed for time indefinite. Lot of these children are also traumatized as a result of the disease. Some of them lost either parents or both. They witnessed lot of sad events- seeing their parents been taken away to the treatment center and never returned.

We decided to fill in the gap and create psycho-pedagogical activities for the children along with some educational activities including Dog bite prevention. We conduct study classes for them. Organize outdoor activities including soccer games, story telling, Ebola awareness and dramas. We also gave them football to keep them busy and preventive materials to be used when they are together playing.

We are hoping to distribute used clothes and footwear to some of the children that lost their parents.
Extend our sincere thanks to the kids. They are in the fight with us.

Taking Humane Education to the Communities – Ebola Response Update

IMG_2444This free outreach veterinary service was conducted to improve the relationship between dogs and their owners. The program made dog owners to values their dogs. Due to the presently unprecedented health crisis our country is faced, ban has been placed on bush meat posing another threat for domestic animals including dogs- “Man Best Friend“.  We organized the program to strengthening a cordial relationship between dogs and their owners. It was a successful program with dog owners appreciating the Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society for undertaking this initiative. The program also encourage people to care for their dogs including the living condition and health.

World Animal Day Celebration 2014

WAD 25This free outreach veterinary service was conducted to improve the relationship between dogs and their owners. The program made dog owners to values their dogs. Due to the presently unprecedented health crisis our country is faced, ban has been placed on bush meat posing another threat for domestic animals including dogs- “Man Best Friend“.  We organized the program to strengthening a cordial relationship between dogs and their owners. It was a successful program with dog owners appreciating the Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society for undertaking this initiative. The program also encourage people to care for their dogs including the living condition and health.

 

World Rabies Day Celebration 2014

WRD 5The issue of rabies still remains a serious and neglected concern in Liberia, a country without easy accessibility to anti-human rabies vaccine or rabies vaccine for dogs. Very little is known about this neglected and deadly disease in Liberia. The people of Liberia keep dogs for several reasons- for hunting, securities, pets, and income. When there is an outbreak of rabies in any community, killing of dogs has been the common and only method used to eradicate the spread of the disease. Dogs are killed randomly and eaten by organized groups. LAWCS has done lot of education in discouraging people from eating dog meat and changes are taking place gradually.

Every year, the Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society with support from Doggone Safe Canada organizes educational activities with school children and community members educating them about rabies and dog bite prevention.
In the heat of the currently serious health crisis Liberia is faced with in fighting another deadly disease, Ebola that continues to take the lives of many innocent people, LAWCS in partnership with Doggone Safe Canada conducted educational programs from September 1 to 30, 2014. These sessions educated children and their parents about rabies, dog bite prevention and responsible pet ownership. All of these activities were geared toward protecting children and their parents from dog bites, and improving the relationship between dogs and their owners. When people are educated about rabies, they can become prepared to address any outbreak without killing all the dogs in the communities. They will also start to care for their dogs and to improve the health and living conditions.

LAWCS` volunteers visited 35 communities with the world rabies day celebration program and educated 2653 parents and 3972 children. A total of 6,625 people were reached and inspired with the rabies and dog bite education activities.

We are grateful to the family of Doggone Safe, most especially Joan C. Orr for the financial support given to LAWCS which made the program a successful one.

Thanks,

Morris Darbo
Program Coordinator
Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society

Operation Hand Wash Against Ebola – Sept 16 Report

report 4The people of Lofa County, Liberia and LAWCS’ volunteers are very happy and want to extend thanks and appreciation to all those who donated or donating toward the fight against this deadly disease in our country. LAWCS’ volunteers are very much happy that through your donations they are also contributing to the fight against Ebola in Liberia by volunteering their times and services to reach to remote communities neglected due to lack of roads or deplorable road condition. LAWCS believes that educating people to prevent the spread of the virus and providing them with those essential preventive materials is key and will greatly help in saving lots of lives in the country.

Click here to donate so that this education can continue in areas where other aid organizations are not able to go.

Today was another joyful day for the people LAWCS’ volunteers met across a big river with no road leading there. The staff took the risk to cross the river with the bikes using local made canoe to reach three communities where there has been no awareness or the distribution of other essential preventive materials like buckets, soap and clora. LAWCS was the first organization to meet these communities since the outbreak of the disease in the country. The people including their children were very happy for this life saving gesture and extended their thanks to all those who donated their money to help them. The team created awareness with 563 people- women: 197; men: 162; children: 204. 18 buckets, soap and clora were distributed to the three towns.

These people drink directly from the river. They don’t have well in their towns.

We want to tell all of our sympathizers, friends and supporters that your donations are making tremendous impact in reaching communities that are truly in need and we still want you to please join us in asking other friends to help. There are still lots of communities that need our help.

Please join us in saving lots of lives in Liberia. We can only do this with your support.

We also want to extend a big thank you to the family of Doggone Safe, most especially Joan Orr for your tireless efforts in raising funds to empower LAWCS to reach to remote communities at this bitter time in our history to provide these essential preventive materials and awareness.

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Operation Hand Wash Report – Sept 11 2014

opreationhandwash2We purchased 45 buckets, clora and soap today and distributed 36 buckets, clora and soap.

The reception from the communities is very great. The people are so appreciative that LAWCS is reaching them with the education and donation.The road condition is challenging and deplorable.The team visited three remote communities today and distributed buckets, clora and soap. They provided awareness education for 264 people: Children were 115 and Adults were 149. It was a successful day for LAWCS.

The people were very happy for the education and donation.

 

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Operation Hand Wash Against Ebola

By Morris Darbo

5 (1)My area is the hardest hit area presently in the country. Over half of the death rate in Liberia is happening in Lofa County where I live. Lots of people have died in Lofa county due to Ebola and continue to die. Some friends that I personally knew have died with their entire families. Some children have become orphans due to the virus.

My family, our volunteers and their families and I are all well and following the preventive measures.

Awareness education is very cardinal and the provision of buckets, soap, sanitizers, chlorine and clora are highly needed in the villages.

We have been doing some awareness but need to do more in the villages where lots of organizations can’t go due to the deplorable road condition.

If we can do that in the villages where we have been working, it will be a life saving approach. We can do this along with the rabies prevention program.

95% of the population in Lofa county live on subsistence farming. They live below 1 dollar per day. The government of Liberia said that washing of hands with clora, chlorine and water is very vital in preventing the virus. 65 percentage of the people live in remote communities that are not easily accessible to car. Few organizations have been distributing buckets and chlorine in communities where car can easily go. There has been no awareness and distribution of those items in the remote communities where car can not reach.

Due to the high poverty rate, people can not afford to buy those items for themselves. We want to reach to remote communities. Each bucket cost 10 USD, clora is 3 USD and soap is 0.45 USD. LAWCS has a bike to travel in those communities. Gas and engine oil will be needed. Meals for volunteers while on the field.

Please donate $2 to help us buy buckets, soap and bleach and to educate the poorest most marginalized people about basic sanitation and disinfection.

 

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