The deadly Ebola virus reached Liberia in 2014 and resulted in thousands of death. Every aspect of daily life was affected. The health system struggled to cope, the economy was badly hit, and young people were left without families, homes and a way to earn money.
One year after Liberia was declared Ebola free – meet the survivors who have rebuilt their lives after this devastating humanitarian crisis.
Bladee’s story: From beggar to breadwinner
“I lost hope and thought life was over for me. As an amputee and a single parent, I thought my only source of survival was through begging and depending on family members.
“I was very discouraged and always feeling sorry for myself.”
But at his lowest point, Bladee found a glimmer of hope. In 2015 we launched the Tools for Recovery Campaign to rebuild lives after Ebola. The Department of International Development’s UK Aid Match Programme doubled every donation from our supporters. Together we raised £500,000 so hundreds of people like Bladee could access the skills, assets and networks to find a job or start a business.
“I got to know about Y Care International through local branch staff. My friends and relatives thought I wouldn’t be selected because of my condition.
“I decided to try and I was selected, which marked a new beginning for me. Since I started the program, my self-confidence has increased.”
Bladee trained to be a tailor and is using his new skills and confidence.
“One thing Y Care International has done for me that I really appreciate is to change my story from a ‘beggar to a breadwinner’ by learning something I can make money from.
I am now able to earn money from what I am doing to help me and my daughter.”
The hundreds of young people receiving tools, advice and training to find a job or start a business have also been trained to promote health and hygiene in their communities.
Thanks to your support 13,000 people will have better knowledge of health and hygiene – reducing the risk of disease outbreaks in the future.