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National Peace Corps Association Establishes Ebola Relief Fund

In collaboration with NPCA member groups in three of the main affected countries, Friends of Guinea, Friends of Liberia and Friends of Sierra Leone and in response to community interest to assist in the region, the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is launching an Ebola Relief Fund. Contributions will be accepted and acknowledged via the NPCA website and designated 100% towards Ebola-related relief efforts.

Ebola virus disease

The Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness to humans, and the major outbreak that has occurred in West Africa requires substantial resources to try to bring it under control.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.

The first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in west Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas. Local community engagement is key.

The Peace Corps community is uniquely positioned to help identify and support efforts in local communities in the affected countries where resources can have a significant impact.

The funds will be distributed to vetted organizations working in West Africa as determined by a fund steering committee. This committee will be comprised initially of up to two representatives of each of the above member groups, chaired by Russell Morgan, Dr.P.H. (RPCV Kenya) and with staff support from NPCA Vice President Anne Baker.

The charge for the committee is as follows:

  • To set criteria for funding requests and distribution
  • To evaluate funding requests and recommend funds for distribution
  • To report on the use of the funds for posting to the NPCA website Groups may be asked to cover wire transfer or related fees, so that all contributed funds may go directly to Ebola relief efforts. This post will be updated as the Steering Committee finalizes the criteria for the use of the funds and designates how members of the Peace Corps community may forward suggestions to the committee for funding consideration.

Donate Now via NPCA

If you prefer to mail your donation, please send a check to NPCA (and payable to NPCA) at our address below. Be sure to note “Ebola Relief Fund” in the memo line.

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Washington, DC 20036

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