TORONTO, Oct. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - More than 10 months have passed since Ebola was first identified in West Africa, but the scale of the crisis continues to grow. The deadliest outbreak on record, Ebola is claiming the lives of 70 percent of people infected. The Salvation Army is responding to the crisis and asking for Canadians to support its relief efforts in Liberia.
"Orphaned children sit alone in their homes and no one is willing to claim them," says Major Samuel Amponsah, The Salvation Army's General Secretary in Liberia. "People quarantined have no food, and rice has more than doubled in price. But Salvation Army workers and volunteers are risking their lives to distribute food."
The Salvation Army has served in Liberia for more than 25 years. Because of its long-term presence, The Salvation Army has been able to react quickly to the outbreak, has access to many isolated family homes and is fully aware of the reality of people's fears and concerns.
"The Salvation Army in Canada is looking at how it can best support the increasing number of children who are left orphaned and stigmatized when their parents fall ill with the disease," says Major Gillian Brown, Director of World Missions for The Salvation Army in Canada. "We are calling on Canadians to support our Ebola Relief campaign."
The immediate need was, and is, to provide food items, sanitization and protective gear. The Salvation Army in Canada has distributed beans and rice, chlorine and other sterilizing chemicals, gloves, mouth guards, safety buckets, and protective wear to patients, suspected Ebola patients and others. Long-term, The Salvation Army will provide ongoing assistance to orphans and vulnerable children and families.
Donations can be made online at SalvationArmy.ca/ebola or at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and 126 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
News releases, articles and updated information can be found at www.SalvationArmy.ca.
Image with caption: "Salvation Army officer in Liberia provides food items to a school (CNW Group/The Salvation Army)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141030_C7231_PHOTO_EN_7354.jpg
Image with caption: "Salvation Army Ebola relief team in Liberia delivers food and sanitation items (CNW Group/The Salvation Army)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141030_C7231_PHOTO_EN_7355.jpg
Image with caption: "One of The Salvation Army's mobile clinics in Liberia responding to Ebola crisis (CNW Group/The Salvation Army)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141030_C7231_PHOTO_EN_7356.jpg
Image with caption: "The Salvation Army's Ebola relief efforts in Liberia including providing food items, sanitization and protective gear (CNW Group/The Salvation Army)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141030_C7231_PHOTO_EN_7357.jpg
Image with caption: "The Salvation Army provides assistance to orphans and vulnerable children affected by the Ebola crisis in Liberia (CNW Group/The Salvation Army)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141030_C7231_PHOTO_EN_7358.jpg
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SOURCE: The Salvation Army
For further information: Major Gillian Brown, Director of World Missions, The Salvation Army, 416-904-1624, firstname.lastname@example.org; John McAlister, National Director of Marketing and Communications, The Salvation Army, 416-467-3186, John_McAlister@can.salvationarmy.org; www.SalvationArmy.ca