Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ebola Outbreak Update

     The situation in Guinea continues to be relatively stable, according to the World Health Organization's most recent assessment, released on November 12. Transmission of the Ebola virus is steady, with Conakry and parts of the Forest region continuing to be the most severely hit areas. Siguiri has also emerged as a pivotal prefecture in the regional fight against Ebola, in light of the news that the virus has spread once again to Mali, including its capital city, Bamako.

     The official numbers as of November 12 were as follows: 1,878 cases with 1,142 deaths in Guinea alone. Of the 34 total prefectures in Guinea, only 10 remain completely unscathed, mostly clustered in the northern Fouta Djallon.

     With respect to Peace Corps' presence in Guinea, Volunteers who were evacuated will not be returning anytime soon, but will have the option of reinstatement, if the situation should clear up by October 31, 2015. Currently, Peace Corps Guinea staff and administration are hopeful that G27's spring arrival date will hold, but the situation will need to improve dramatically before then. Nevertheless, staff and administration are continuing operations as normal in Guinea, albeit with CDC oversight.

Ebola Relief Fund Grantees

     For several weeks now, Friends of Guinea, along with its sister organizations in Sierra Leone and Liberia, has been soliciting grant proposals from Host Country Nationals combating Ebola in the affected region. In collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association, the organizations are seeking worthy proposals of up to $3,000, with the intention of supporting local grassroots organizations that may not have other sources of funding.

     While the Ebola Relief Fund campaign continues, and we are still seeking grant proposals, we are happy to announce that three deserving proposals have been selected from Guinea in the first round. The NGOs AGEDD, AGUIFPEG, and Amis du Monde pour le Developpement, have each been selected to receive $3,000 to advance their cause. Each NGO is operating in a district that has seen Ebola cases: AGEDD is seeking to raise awareness in public places such as mosques and markets around Forecariah; AGUIFPEG of Kindia is aiming to promote awareness through theater; and AMD will be using its funds to transport supplies and hire community organizers in the heavily affected N'zerekore district.

     We at FOG are very grateful for all of the applications that we received and all of the work being done on the ground in the region. We are, furthermore, excited to continue receiving proposals as the campaign continues, and we hope that we can help to make some difference in the communities where these organizations operate.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Letter to Guinea in French and English



 

21 octobre 2014

Chers Frères et Sœurs de Guinée,

Nous sommes Friends of Guinea (Les Amis de la Guinée), un groupe de volontaires du Corps de la Paix, anciens et actuels, de leurs parents, et des ressortissants guinéens. Nous vous écrivons pour vous faire savoir que vous êtes dans nos pensées pendant cette période très difficile. Beaucoup parmi nous ont appris à parler pular, susu, malinke et ont travaillé dans vos centres de santé et vos écoles, parcouru vos villes et villages dans les taxis  brousse, et célébré avec vous quelques-unes de vos cérémonies de baptême et de mariage.  Pour beaucoup parmi nous, il y a longtemps que nous n'avons pas visit
é la Guinée mais malgré cela, nos cœurs et nos esprits n'oublient pas votre gentillesse et votre générosité.    

Veuillez accepter nos condoléances pour toutes les vies qui ont été perdues suite au virus Ebola, et les charges qui ont été placées sur votre pays. Nous espérons que les volontaires du Corps de la Paix pourront revenir dans votre beau pays très prochainement. D'ici , nous savons que malgré les kilomètres de l'océan entre nous, on est ensemble.

Avec beaucoup de respect,

Friends of Guinea (Les Amis de la Guinée)  

aux États-Unis
www.friendsofguinea.org




 


 

October 21, 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Guinea,

We are the Friends of Guinea, a group of current and former Peace Corps Volunteers, their parents, and Guinean nationals. We are writing to let you know that you are in our thoughts during this very difficult time. Many of us learned to speak Pular, Susu, and Malinke, worked in your health centers and schools, travelled between your cities and villages in bush taxis, and celebrated with you at baptisms and weddings.  While many of us have been gone from Guinea for years, our hearts and minds do not forget your kindness and generosity.

Please accept our condolences for all the lives that have been lost to Ebola, and the burdens that have been placed upon your country.  We hope that Peace Corps Volunteers can return to your beautiful land again soon. Until then, know that despite the miles of ocean between us, we are with you.

With great respect,

Friends of Guinea

U.S.A.