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Animals, Agriculture & Livelihoods

Standing by Liberia

Kaitlyn Lahm is the media relations coordinator for Samaritan’s Purse. She recently traveled to Liberia. Two years ago, Ebola crippled the country of Liberia. I followed the stories closely on the news— but I watched from the comfort of my living room. I listened to the staggering statistics as hundreds of people died each day—but…

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Our Ministry

Prepared Remarks from Dr. Kent Brantly, Medical Doctor for Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia 08-21-14 (Press Release)

ATLANTA, GA, August 21, 2014 — The following are Dr. Kent Brantly’s prepared remarks for the 11:00 a.m. news conference at Emory University Hospital today: “Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family. As a medical missionary, I never imagined myself in…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Life-Saving Ebola Supplies Headed to Liberia

Protective equipment is vital as Samaritan’s Purse prepares to open community care centers in Liberia to help combat the deadly Ebola virus. But medical supplies are scarce, as many hospitals and clinics around the country don’t even have gloves for their staff. On Wednesday, Samaritan’s Purse sent a 747 cargo jet from Charlotte, N.C., to…

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Animals, Agriculture & Livelihoods

Reaping a Harvest in Liberia

Watta harvested more than 10,000 cucumber and bitterball crops this year in Liberia’s Lofa region. While those are impressive totals, she has even higher hopes for the pepper and corn crops that she’ll harvest in a few weeks. She’s learning how to farm better thanks to the Samaritan’s Purse RECAL program. The previously unfruitful soil…

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Discipleship, Education & Training

Post-Ebola Leadership Training for Liberia’s Communities

The Ebola epidemic was traumatic for many, many Liberians, and the need for post-outbreak counseling has been obvious. In addition, an important concern arose during the Ebola outbreak that, while slightly less obvious, has no less need to be addressed: leadership development. During the spread of Ebola, a lack of leadership became evident in many…

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Discipleship, Education & Training

Developing Leaders in Post-Ebola Liberia

When Tanneh Fayieh’s granddaughter died, her community said that Tanneh had killed her. They believed Tanneh was a witch. Although Ebola Virus Disease had been in Liberia for several months, many people didn’t believe the virus was real. But as it quickly infected entire communities, it became hard to deny. Tanneh was forced into a…

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Health & Medical Ministries

Restoring Sight in Liberia

Eleven-month-old Jerrylyn was abandoned as an infant and found covered by ants in a Monrovia dumpster. “Her eyes would turn very red and she could not keep from scratching them and crying,” Jerrylyn’s adoptive mother, Vera, shared. “When we would talk to her, she could not see us. She would look around when she heard…

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Ebola Response Update

Though news about Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) may no longer be grabbing the media’s top headlines, Samaritan’s Purse continues its full-on response to the deadly disease in Liberia. The following Q & A, developed with Liberia staff both at our international headquarters and in the field, offers an update and insights on the current status…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Liberia’s First Ebola Survivor

Samaritan’s Purse Community Health staff Joseph Mbokar and Taryee Walawu were caring for members of their African community when they realized that a local man was seriously sick. Harrison Sakela had traveled to Sierra Leone to attend his mother’s funeral. She had passed away unexpectedly the week before. As is custom in the area, Harrison…

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Discipleship, Education & Training

God Brings Peace to a Troubled Family in Liberia

Patrick’s relationship with his younger brother, Moses, became tense in the throes of a domestic dispute. Moses accused Patrick of destroying his marriage and family, and rumors spread. The brothers’ five-year-long conflict divided their entire community of Tienpo Warliken in Liberia as friends and family took sides. As Patrick desperately tried to protect his reputation,…

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