THE AACC AND ITS PARTNERS HELPING THE SURVIVORS OF EBOLA IN GUINEA
The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) - in partnership with Cevaa (Community of Churches in Mission) and other ecumenical partners - has stood by the victims and survivors of the Ebola virus epidemics, which struck three countries in West Africa, namely Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (Conakry) in 2014 and 2015.
The Christian Council of Guinea, supported by the AACC, helped the victims, at the peak of the crisis, through pastoral support, provision of protection kits, etc.
Recently, with the second financial support provided by the AACC, they got involved in the material support to survivors. The General Secretary, Mr. David Sow, and his working team considered that it was “better to teach the Ebola survivors how to fish, than give them fish”, paraphrasing the popular saying.
At the end of the epidemics, the Council organized more than 20 co-operatives of widowers and widows, comprising about 20 to 25 people each.
The objective of grouping them is to give them financial support, to enable them have groundnuts and rice farms and vegetable gardens. After a few months, many villages around Forecariah, Macenta and Gueckedou managed to reconstitute their stock of seeds and attain food security, the lack of which has become a major concern in almost every part of Africa.
A number of orphaned children also benefitted from some financial support to enable them continue their studies. The strong hope of the Council is that those children would not have to go back home, once this one-time support stops.
This is the opportunity to recall that the AACC has been trying to stand with people going through challenges, as per Jesus’ order: “You give them something to eat.” (Mark 6:37a). Cevaa’s support of USD 50,000, which was channeled through the AACC, also enabled us to reach other victims in Liberia and Sierra Leone.