In the villages of Sierra Leone, the outbreak of the Ebola Virus is affecting us deeply. In our time here, we have developed such great relationships with the communities and villages we‘ve worked with for so many years—and in the three new villages we’ve just begun our work with. Through our strong relationships we have been able to build trust for OneVillage Partners.
Due to the trust in our presence here, OVP has been able to more easily distribute needed supplies to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading. We’re also working to spread important information and messaging to reinforce preventative measures throughout the villages and families to combat this deadly virus.
Although these messages are the same ones that the villagers receive from other organizations, local newspapers, and government entities, the villagers do not always know who or what to believe. However, they do listen to what OneVillage Partners has to say since we have an extremely good relationship and a history of being there for them through the growth and improvements to their villages
From the things we are doing in their communities, they know that we are continuing to think of them and will work with them during this challenging time. A large part of what we are trying to do in our everyday programming is to help individuals and communities look at their lives and determine how they can take steps to improve their own living situations and that of their communities.
Once the Ebola Virus outbreak is over, OVP will continue to work with our villages to build-up their critical thinking skills so that they can tell the difference between facts, rumors and reality, no matter where the information is coming from.By Jennifer Artibello