Running to help my Liberian family combat Ebola
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$2,276 Raised
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Ended Oct 20, 2014
Thanks for clicking on my fundraising page! The Detroit Free Press Marathon is next Sunday (October 19th). I've been training for a couple months now and I'm super excited that I not only get to check something off my bucket list but that I get ... More ...

Thanks for clicking on my fundraising page! The Detroit Free Press Marathon is next Sunday (October 19th). I've been training for a couple of months now and I'm super excited that I not only get to check something off my bucket list but that I get to help raise money for a cause that is very dear to my heart. I am hoping to raise $1,000 in 7 days for my favorite people living in Liberia! Any amount you are able to contribute would mean the world to me! If you can't swing it, I totally understand but if you could repost this link on your wall so your circle of friends and family might be able to contribute, that would be totally awesome. Before I tell you about the wonderful families I am running the marathon for, I need to share some additional information.

First, to give some background, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bopolu, Liberia from 2011-2013. I spent 27 months teaching math and economics to senior high students at the only government high school in the county.

Second, I am so thankful to report that the families below do NOT have the Ebola virus or are showing any signs or symptoms. I am asking for donations because they are all suffering the psychological effects and economic consequences of living through an epidemic. The Liberian government has heavily restricted the movement of its citizens and this has contributed to the rising costs of goods and services all over the country. In a recent article, the Guardian newspaper described the situation this way - "The majority of Liberians have not contracted Ebola. But for every working family faced with ruined harvests, closed mines or empty markets, Ebola seems like a curse. It is a cruel fate for a people who in a single generation have already suffered immeasurably. This is why we are not just fighting a disease, but for the economic survival of a nation." So trust me when I say, a small contribution would go a long long way to providing some much needed relief.

Third, some of you might be more interested in donating to an organization that is providing medical relief in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal. If this is the case, I highly recommend donating to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). They are the main medical practitioners fighting the outbreak on the ground and in communities. They are in great need of medical supplies and money for additional trained medical personnel. Here is a link to there donation page. 

I could go on for hours and hours about these people and what they mean to me, but here is a SUPES short description of who I am running for. If you would like to know more about these wonderful individuals, please feel free to message me :)

Lee R. Mulbah:

Lee was one of my best students! His intelligence and overall eagerness to learn made it impossible not to notice him in class. Even though we came from very different backgrounds, Lee and I were able to develop a friendship outside of the classroom. He is funny, charismatic and driven. Countless nights were spent on our back porch, talking and watching the world go by. For the past year, I have been supporting Lee so that he can attend a private school in Monrovia.

Lee R. Mulbah

Mohammed M. Kamara and Family:

Mohammed can best be described as my Liberian Dad. He was instrumental to my understanding of the inner workings of Bopolu Central High School and to the community as a whole. He was the Dean of Student Affairs at BCHS and gave me unconditional support throughout my two years there. Some of the best evenings of my Peace Corps experience were spent eating pumpkin soup outside his home while we talked politics, education, and family.

Daniel, Mohammed and Me

Mr. and Mrs. Kamara:

Fresh bread - everyone loves it! The Kamara's were Bopolu's bread makers. Every morning, Mr. Kamara would rise before dawn to start making loaves of bread out back while Mrs. Kamara ran the storefront selling a handful of goods. After some conversations about their business, my roommate and I decided to make a small business loan to help with the up front cost of their supplies. One thing ran into another and next thing I know, we are offering them multi-thousand dollar loans for a new oven, high capacity generator, refrigerator and goods for their store. Their small bread-making business turned into one of the largest businesses in Bopolu practically overnight. Their work ethic and determination to achieve a better life is still inspiring to me today.

The Kamara's

Please don't hestiate to contact me if you have any additional questions about donating or about these families in Liberia. Thank you so much and lots of love!

- Scott/Mr. Moses

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