City Pitches In For Sierra Leone's Ebola Crisis | New Haven Independent and New Haven Register Coverage

City Pitches In For Sierra Leone's Ebola Crisis | New Haven Independent

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November 2014

Dear Friends,

In 1997, Freetown, Sierra Leone became New Haven’s sixth Sister City. Over the past 17 years a group of dedicated individuals representing New Haven have worked closely with the Freetown community forming strong bonds and fellowship. This long-standing relationship places New Haven in a unique position to help drive Ebola out of West Africa.

With entire families wiped out, with inadequate and limited facilities to isolate the sick, under staffed, taxis instead of ambulances without protection, limited supply of protective garments, they are completely dependent upon foreign assistance for its beleaguered, weak health system.

The Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States turned to Mayor Toni Harp to ask New Haven to respond to the Ebola crisis in Freetown. The Mayor formed an emergency committee - Citizens to Drive Out Ebola - charged with overseeing a community-wide fundraising campaign effort to raise a minimum of $100,000 by January 31, 2015.

The request to the Mayor from the Government of Sierra Leone, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, is to raise enough funds to purchase and send 4 transit vans to be used and outfitted as ambulances and stocked with medical supplies.

Because of the critical nature of this crisis, time is of the essence. Please help now! Whatever you give will make a difference. Citizens to Drive Out Ebola will accept checks or an on-line donations.

Check: Make your check payable to: Citizens to Drive out Ebola and mail to: United Way of Greater New Haven, 370 James Street, Suite 403, New Haven, CT 06519.

On-line donations: Go to:

With appreciation and thanks for your generous gift,

Mayor Toni Harp & Citizens to Drive Out Ebola Committee

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