Connecting local responses around the world
On behalf of Joseph Vandi I am sharing this story he sent me by email. Grateful to Joseph and other SALT facilitators in Ebola affected countries!
Sesay Vandi a decendant of Gbarley village who was living in Waterloo, a settlement 20 miles off Freetown, lost his wife and two of his four children to Ebola. Few weeks later, he
also died to the same dreadful disease.
Early last week, a sister to the diseased who is living in another village some 20 miles away from Gbarleh, went to Waterloo and took the remaining two children of the diseased to Gbarleh. She arrived in Gbarleh at about 8: 0 Clock PM.
Upon arrival, the community denied them stay.
Instead, the community dialed117 which is the Ebola emergency line in S/L. The sister was taken back to her own community by the Ebola team where she was quarantined.The
brother to whom the children were taken has also been quarantined together with his family by the community people and the Ebola team.
Before the SALT intervention in Gbarleh, the community was attributing the death of their loved ones to some other causes like witchcraft .
Today, they are aware that they have an enemy in their midst which they can get rid of with collective efforts. Presently the community is monitoring their own brother who is quarantined in the village. SALT approach can always make a difference.