The current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history, primarily affecting Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in West Africa. The Ebola Crisis Fund provides resources to grassroots organizations in these countries to help mitigate the impact of the epidemic in their communities.
Between August and December 2014, The Ebola Crisis Fund raised almost $1 million and disbursed funds to 28 organizations in the three affected countries. This work will impact a projected 959,454 unique beneficiaries.
Ebola-stricken communities have many needs, beyond the initial call for treatment centers, medical supplies, and doctors. Even after Ebola leaves a region, communities face ongoing economic struggles, food shortages, and psychosocial challenges related to more than a year of severe disruption. In addition, survivors—including thousands of orphaned children—face isolation, homelessness, and poverty as a result of social stigma.
The Ebola Crisis Fund was launched in late August 2014 to provide funding to community organizations for:
- Immediate relief, prevention, and mitigation efforts. Including developing Ebola education and awareness campaigns, providing supplies, door-to-door surveillance to identify cases, and supporting those who are quarantined.
- Rehabilitation support. Providing psychosocial care, strengthening local markets, and focusing on sustainable systems for food security and clean water.
- Often-neglected socioeconomic needs. Including orphan care, strengthening women’s health services, capacity building for local organizations to ensure future disaster preparedness, messaging to help rebuild public trust and peace.
Why the Ebola Crisis Fund
The Ebola Crisis Fund provides financial support for grassroots community-based organizations responding to the Ebola outbreak within their own communities. This need is largely unmet by other international aid organizations.
We work with community-based organizations, rather than large non-governmental organizations: Most of the money to fight Ebola is being given to large, multi-lateral organizations and international nonprofits. These organizations bring valuable scale and expertise to provide top-down solutions. In contrast, we provide a bottom-up approach, supporting grassroots, indigenous organizations. Local organizations are smaller in scale but have the agility, trust, and cultural knowledge to develop extremely effective approaches to engage with communities. Granting to community-based organizations can be challenging. However, with over 15 years of experience Geneva Global is perfectly positioned to fulfill this role.
We disburse money quickly and maintain close contact with grantees throughout the granting period: We have identified and vetted more than 60 grassroots organizations in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. As funds are received we are in a position to grant them immediately to these pre-vetted organizations. We are in frequent contact with our grantees, gathering input as to the most effective strategies and highest needs on the ground at any given time, helping us to make astute allocation decisions with each round of granting.