Rose and Daniella, Liberia
After Daniella (pictured above, far left) and her two siblings lost both parents to Ebola, the community abandoned them. Health workers took away the dead bodies, and all their clothing and bedding, but nobody thought to help the children who were starving, cold, and grieving within. Eventually their neighbor Rose (pictured right) took them in. Find out here how your donations helped Daniella and her sister back into school.
Providing assets for longer-term sustainability is almost never a successful strategy if the grant receivers lack basic elements for their survival. To ensure our model is impactful, we provide emergency aid for families where necessary; for example, during the Ebola crisis it was imperative to get food, clothing, and bedding to Ebola-affected children as quickly as possible. Obviously, this means that children and adults can learn and work without worrying about where their next meal is coming from; but it also means that they don't need to sell or eat their business assets before they start to generate income.
We also pay emergency school fees for children, so that their education is not interrupted; research shows that the longer a child is out of school, the less likely they are to return.