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support the world’s poorest children to move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity
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Last Christmas, millions of children lived in fear of the deadly virus. Today, Ebola has taken the lives of over 11,000 people, many of them mothers and fathers across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in West Africa.

At least 12,000 girls and boys have lost at least one parent to Ebola.

Vulnerable orphans are often ostracised by their communities, who fear they may still be contaminated with the deadly Ebola virus. Abandoned and alone, they face a bleak future.

We’re working hard to provide clothing, food, and shelter to these desperate orphans. By reuniting families and finding caring foster parents, we’re helping children feel loved again. And with our projects to help girls get back to school, we’re giving girls a brighter future.

There are thousands of orphans we simply cannot reach without your help. Please donate now.

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Information for child sponsors

The scale and spread of the outbreak means that Ebola is affecting some Plan-sponsored children and their families. Read the latest updates on our Ebola page for child sponsors.

Ebola updates

Update 18/06/15: Children’s Ebola Recovery Assessment: Sierra Leone

A report by Save the Children, World Vision International and Plan International and UNICEF.


09/05/14: Liberia declared Ebola free!

After over a year, Liberia has finally been delared Ebola free. Koala Oumarou, Plan country director for Liberia, reports from the ground.

Update 23/03/15: Ebola blog – update and reflections from the field

Plan UK’s Calvin Laing offers his updates and refletions after two months on the ground in Sierra Leone, helping to co-ordinate our Ebola response.

Update 19/03/15: Ebola one   year on and what needs to happen next

It’s one year since the Ebola outbreak officially began and the crisis is far from over. The spread of the disease has slowed but not stopped, and the long-term effects of the outbreak are devastating.

Update 19/02/15: Staying focused on Ebola

Plan’s Ebola response includes food distribution, contact tracing and decontamination. But the disease also has many other impacts, showing why we must remain focused on Ebola.

Update 17/02/15: Ebola – schools reopen in Liberia

Schools are reopening across Liberia this week after months of closure due to the Ebola crisis.

Update: 11/02/15: Ebola blog – restrictions lifted but our work continues

Plan UK's Calvin Laing surveys our work on the ground in Sierra Leone and warns against complacency in the fight against Ebola.

Update 04/02/15: Ebola blog – inside a Community Care Centre

Plan UK's Calvin Laing is in Sierra Leone, coordinating our Ebola response. This includes running Community Care Centres, where Calvin met medical staff and found out what life is like inside a centre. 

Update 30/01/15: The young people helping Ebola-affected families

Henry, 18, blogs from Liberia on the Ebola crisis that has engulfed his country, the terrible toll it is taking on families – and how youth activists are supporting those in need.

Update 27/01/15: Families in quarantine in Sierra Leone

Plan's Ebola work in Sierra Leone includes supplying quarantined families. It's vital work, but poses many challenges, as Calvin Laing saw first-hand.

Update 21/01/15: Blogs from the field: Ebola in Sierra Leone

Plan UK's Calvin Laing is coordinating our Ebola response in Sierra Leone, where we are helping to stop the spread of the virus and supporting quarantined families.

Hawa's school in Liberia has been closed for months.Update 13/01/15: Ebola's hidden harm: destroying children’s education

Ebola has killed more than 8,000 people across parts of West Africa. It has also halted education, with potentially disastrous consequences for children.

Update 12/01/15: 2014 – a year in the shadow of Ebola

2014 was a tumultuous year for the people of Sierra Leone. How has life changed for people since Ebola gripped the country?

Care centre workers in Port Loko, Sierra LeoneUpdate 07/01/15: How Community Care Centres are helping to stop the spread of Ebola

Plan’s Ebola Community Care Treatment Centres are a key resource in the fight against Ebola.

Update 22/12/14: The Ebola orphans cut off from their family and community

In Sierra Leone, children orphaned by Ebola are being isolated and stigmatised, writes Plan youth blogger Allieu.

Update 19/12/14: Vital supplies for Ebola-quarantined families in Sierra Leone

More than 2,500 quarantined people in Sierra Leone have received vital supplies after distributions by Plan.

Martha is 15 and six months pregnant. Update 01/12/14: Forced marriages on the rise in Sierra Leone

“Many of my friends are getting pregnant now schools are closed in the Ebola outbreak – and some have been forced into marriages”, blogs 17-year-old Christiana from Sierra Leone.

Update 24/11/14: Comic strip warns children about Ebola

Plan is using posters, broadcasts and even comic strips to raise awareness of Ebola across West Africa if the virus should spread from the countries currently affected.

Update 21/11/14: Ebola: fighting the fear in Sierra Leone

Misinformation about Ebola in West Africa is causing children to be stigmatised and ostracised from communities.

Update 13/11/14: Ebola G20 petition presented at Downing Street

A Plan staff member from Sierra Leone has presented a petition of over 165,000 signatures at Downing Street, calling on world leaders to step up their response to Ebola.

Hand washing stations are now seen outside almost every shop and public building in Liberia in an effort to stop the spread of EbolaUpdate 12/11/14: Ebola encounters in Liberia

Young people are taking action across West Africa to fight the Ebola outbreak. Saatah, 16, from Liberia, is among the young Plan volunteers helping affected communities to control the spread of the disease.

Update 11/11/14: Women in West Africa

Plan is highlighting how women have been affected by the Ebola crisis. Varnetta Johnson Freeman, a radio broadcaster in Liberia, explains the issues.

Schools in Sierra Leone are closed due to the Ebola crisis, meaning thousands of children and young people are missing out on education.Update 07/11/14: Ebola's impact on girls in Sierra Leone

Girls in Sierra Leone are becoming increasingly vulnerable to a variety of risks as a result of the Ebola crisis, which has closed schools across the country.

Update 06/11/14: Ebola versus education

The Ebola crisis has closed schools across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Youth advocate Kamanda blogs from Sierra Leone, highlighting the impact on young people.

Mariatu is an Ebola nurse in Sierra Leone

Update 05/11/14: Vital Ebola Community Care Centres open in Sierra Leone

New care centres run by Plan have opened this week in one of Sierra Leone’s Ebola hotspots.

Update 04/11/14: Fighting Ebola in Guinea

Guinea is one of the countries worst-affected by the Ebola crisis. Plan's Rino Sudibyo blogs from Conakry, the capital city, and explains the challenges facing the country.

Update 30/10/14: Ebola orphans in Liberia

At least 3,700 children in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have lost a parent to Ebola. The number of orphaned children is soaring along with the death toll. Plan is fighting the outbreak and supporting vulnerable children.

 

Update 28/10/14: Life after Ebola lockdown in Sierra Leone

Last month the Sierra Leone government enforced a 3-day curfew to fight the Ebola outbreak. Kamanda, a Plan youth advocate, was stuck in his house. He blogs on life after lockdown.

Update 23/10/14: Fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

Medical workers in Sierra Leone are facing extreme challenges in the fight against Ebola, including stigmatisation and isolation as well as a high risk of exposure to infection.

An Ebola body disposal team enter a community in LiberiaUpdate 22/10/14: Children dying and surviving alone in Liberia

Henry, 18, blogs from Liberia on the Ebola crisis that has engulfed his country and the terrible toll it is taking on families.

Update 16/10/14: Why the Ebola outbreak must not become a food crisis

This year's World Food Day reminds us that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could quickly turn into a food security crisis. We must prevent this.

Update 06/10/14: World "must act quickly" on Ebola

Dr. Unni Krishnan appeared on BBC News to discuss Ebola - click to watchDr Unni Krishnan, Plan's Head of Disaster Preparedness and Response, has stressed the need for a speedy and concerted response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

He recently appeared on BBC and Sky News channels, urging major international donors to commit more funding and technical support to the fight against Ebola.

"To date, the Ebola outbreak has always been one step ahead of the response", explained Dr Krishnan. "However, we now have a chance to shift the gears, as long as funds and technical support for the affected countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – are released quickly."

Update 01/10/14: “Ebola is destroying Liberia”

An insider's view of the crisis from an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia’s busiest city

Update 29/09/14: Children orphaned by Ebola face poverty and abandonment

Ebola orphans of LiberiaEbola has so far claimed 1,677 lives in Liberia alone (WHO, 21 September 2014), among them scores of single mothers who have left young families behind. Liberia has many one-parent families; a legacy of the civil war that ended in 2003, which caused a generation of traumatised, unemployed men to reject marriage and traditional family values.

Now, according to government sources, up to 300 children are struggling to cope after losing their parents and care-givers to the spreading epidemic.

Update 26/09/14: Ebola radio brings hope in West Africa

Radio messages are reaising awareness of Ebola across West AfricaAt first Mary, 52, didn’t believe that Ebola was real. She’d heard the rumours going around town that Ebola was just a ‘government plot’ to frighten the population.

It was only when she listened to a patient talking about the virus on local Radio Kintoma that she realised Ebola was real, it was spreading – and it could kill.

Update 19/09/14: Fear and desperation in Sierra Leone

Kamanda, a Plan youth advocate, lives in the north of Sierra Leone. He describes the increasingly desperate situation in a country gripped by Ebola.

Update 16/09/14: Ebola crisis causes food shortage in Sierra Leone

Ebola crisis causes food shortage in Sierra LeoneFears are growing that people could die of hunger in Sierra Leone as food supplies run low, due to restrictions imposed as a result of the Ebola outbreak.

Constraints on people's movements and the establishment of quarantine zones to contain the spread have led to panic buying, food shortages and price hikes

Update 12/08/14: Six decisive steps to influence and control the Ebola outbreak

Plan’s Dr Unni Krishnan calls the Ebola outbreak a global wake-up call, urging fast and sustained action to control Ebola and prevent future epidemics.

Update 26/03/14: Ebola – taming a killer virus

Plan is fighting the Ebola outbreak in Guinea by spreading health messages to affected villages. Radio and mobile phones are key tools in the battle, blogs Plan's Head of Disaster Preparedness and Response, Unni Krishnan.

  • Ebola survivors, siblings Abibatu and Lanphia from Sierra Leone share their experiences.
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