Tim Kamaboakai (second from left) from Liberia YMCA meeting staff at St Helens YMCA to talk about our Tools for Recovery campaign. Photo: St Helens YMCA Tim Kamaboakai (second from left) from Liberia YMCA meeting staff at St Helens YMCA to talk about our Tools for Recovery campaign.

Y Care International’s Maria Andrews reports from Merseyside she visits St Helens YMCA to mark the launch of the Tools for Recovery campaign to help rebuild lives devastated by Ebola.

We were invited to attend YMCA North West regional meeting to give Y Care International the opportunity to introduce Tim Kamaboakai Programme Director from Liberian YMCA and share information on our campaign ‘Life after Ebola – Tools for Recovery’.

It was a very warm welcome from YMCA staff Justin, Julian, Lorraine and Sue where we talked about how lives are still in crisis even though Liberia has been declared Ebola free. Lives of communities and especially young people have been devastated not only in the loss of loved ones but jobs, opportunities and future economic self-sufficiency.

We shared a story of young woman in Liberia, Priscillia, which really helped explain how young people are trying to rebuild their lives – but need help. That’s why the ‘Tools for Recovery’ appeal is critical in raising funds to invest in creating opportunities for young people. Every donation before August 2nd will be doubled by the UK government which mean we can reach twice as many young people. Click on the video below to hear Priscillia’s first hand account of life during Ebola.

The group were keen to help and support our campaign, and will be taking part in the YMCA Join Hands Challenge on Saturday 11 July to try and create the longest human chain.

The YMCA Join Hands challenge is to get as many people as possible join hands and create a YMCA human chain of people joining hands – the more people the better! During the Ebola crisis people could not have any physical contact – mothers were afraid to touch their loved ones as the disease could be spread by sweat. So by joining hands together we can show communities in Liberia and West Africa we are standing shoulder to shoulder to help them rebuild their lives.

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