ChildFund New Zealand is asking New Zealanders to contribute to an emergency appeal to support children orphaned and stigmatised by Ebola.
As the death toll from Ebola rises, more than 3,000 orphaned and vulnerable children are the hidden victims of the crisis in West Africa.
ChildFund Liberia, in collaboration with Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, has opened the first dedicated children’s Interim Care Centre in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, for children who have lost one or both parents to Ebola.
ChildFund New Zealand Chief Executive Paul Brown says the number of children orphaned and stigmatised by Ebola is increasing by the day, and the centre will provide a protective environment for these children and reduce the trauma associated with stigma around the disease.
“Here children, many of whom have seen their parents die tragically, will receive food, shelter, and health monitoring throughout their 21 day quarantine, while a permanent home is arranged.”
Additional centres in other areas will be established to support the increasing number of children affected.
Donations to ChildFund’s Ebola Crisis Appeal can be made by calling 0800 223 111 or on the donation page.