On November 11 this video was aired in the UK. At the same time NHA is desperately trying to get as many hospital beds as possible to Sierra Leone. The inventory of surplus hospital beds is here, right before our eyes, waiting for us to send, we only need to pay $25,000. This is an excellent price for the over $700,000 worth of equipment we expect to ship. We've raised $8,000 already and are pushing ahead. We need your help to meet our goal and get these urgently needed beds to Sierra Leone.
Kathy Webb remarks of the video "A very sobering video to watch. A women writhes in the dirt as she dies of Ebola in the hot sun. No bed. No wet washcloth to cool her brow. No touch to make her feel less alone. In a warehouse in Louisville there are a hundred beds. Nazareth House Apostolate will get those beds and other desperately needed medical supplies to this stricken country with our help. Also in the video: A man is sick; an ambulance has been called but they know it will never come. The man faces the same fate as the woman who lay dying in the dirt. His wife looks on, I'm sure wondering if she is next."
Earlier that day, James had attended the opening of the Ebola Holding Center just 20 minutes from our NHA School where we have 300 students enrolled.
The school is closed these days - ebola. The students are with their families dispersed out in the villages. Ebola is spreading fast in the district and the authorities expect it to reach the center of the Koinudugu District, Kabala Town very soon.
As the Ebola Holding Center opens, James informs me via Whatsapp that there are only 7 beds and no supplies at the new center. There is not even a box of gloves. We have the beds, we have the gloves, masks, we have it all - we simply must raise the money to pay for them.
As the needs become more critical and more and more lives in danger, especially that of our staff, students and loved ones in Kabala, I look at Lucy sitting in my living room. We brought her here in June with her father, James, so that she can meet with the board and we can prepare the necessary sponsorship for her Medical Schooling. She's going to be a doctor in her country, Sierra Leone.
One month after arriving on American soil, she has received unexpected heart surgery in Louisville, Kentucky
James was given every opportunity to stay in America but he chose to be with his wife and Lucy's small siblings and to be there through the crisis for his country.
Nazareth House Apostolate's work in Sierra Leone is simple - we run and operate a school for over 300 students, we feed people, we provide seed to grow crops, we fix roofs, we provide jobs for people, we are family - a part of the community.
So I say with Lucy. "Let's do this thing, okay?" Give to Nazareth House Apostolate today.