To date OVP has drastically improved the lives of over 7,000 women, men and children in one of the least developed countries in the world.
Triumph Over Ebola!
The powerful results of OneVillage Partners’ approach are clearly evident in the aftermath of 2014’s Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. While some nearby villages lost half their population to Ebola, the villages we serve banded together to create cross-village monitoring and education teams, set up hand washing stations (pictured left), and build isolation units for the sick. As a result, nearly 7,000 people were spared much of the devastation felt elsewhere. OneVillage Partners also partnered with the Ministry of Health to reach the entire eastern region of Sierra Leone, preventing the spread of Ebola to nearly 60,000 people.
Results of OneVillage Partners’ Transformational Approach
Through a ten year partnership, OVP helps villages become healthy, vibrant and engaged rural communities. We build leaders’ ability to solve their own problems. In the process, villagers gain access to clean water, basic sanitation, improved education, financial literacy, increased income, and more inclusive decision-making. With a special focus on women, our model is designed so community members can better understand their own situation, recognize resources, and act to meet specific needs of their own community, rather than being defined and led by outsiders.
To date OVP has helped 7,000 women, men and children in one of the least developed countries in the world to drastically improve their lives. These people, through their own hard work and ingenuity, now have:
- roofs over their heads
- clean water
- basic sanitation
- improved hygiene and health practices
- access to primary and secondary education
- access to a library
- improved agricultural practices
- access to food processing tools that save women over 45 minutes a day
- an average of 4 new businesses per village
- systems to manage and pay for all new community assets, such wells and latrines, long into the future
Villagers report drastic decreases in diarrheal diseases, increases in savings, and an improved ability for communities to work together to accomplish collective goals.