Life goes on
In Liberia, life goes on with the pandemic.
People are suffering under the difficult economic conditions. After nine weeks in a state of emergency, the people are not well.
There are 238 confirmed infections, of which 25 new infections in the last seven days and 23 deaths. This means the trend is upwards. The fact that the infection figures have not yet exploded is probably due to the disciplined behaviour of Liberians. The regulations, especially those concerning hygiene, are taken very seriously and are consistently implemented.
The staff of the MAGIF COMMUNITY SCHOOL continues to do important educational work and distribute flyers and soap. This is very important because it enables the community's residents to implement the hygiene requirements and protect themselves and their fellow human beings. So far, 1250 households have been visited and soap with a total value of US$ 300 has been distributed.
The 96 children of the MAGIF COMMUNITY SCHOOL also received visits from the staff, as did the sponsored children who are supported by Liberia e.V. and who are now attending high school.
Liberia lives with Covid-19
Six weeks have passed since the curfew began. Masks are compulsory and people are urged to wash their hands frequently.
On 27 April there were 141 confirmed infections, 16 people died from the virus and 45 patients who tested positive for the virus and were treated in hospital have since recovered. Most of the acutely infected (129) live in Monrovia.
For the people, the economic situation is getting dangerously worse, day labourers, street vendors and traders are without income.
The Liberian press explains that there is a corona virus and a hunger virus!
State education and material support for the people are not comprehensive.
The GERLIB HEALTH CENTER is open around the clock. The number of patients has been reduced. This has increased the proportion of patients who are not able to pay. The staff is wearing protective clothing, washing hands is a MUST for all who are there, the entrance is closed, one may only enter after a detailed questioning by the specialist staff, all those entering are measured for fever.
The free service for pregnant women is still available. The care and treatment of children and adults with various diseases continues.
The girls in the MAGIF CENTER have been at home since 16.04. as the schools are closed, they are healthy and hope to go back to school and meet their friends soon.
They are lovingly cared for 24 hours a day. The girls are occupied with painting, handicrafts, sewing and other handicrafts. They learn cooking and baking and take care of the house and garden.
The schools, which are attended by ten of the girls, arrange an analogous distance learning program by compiling teaching material, which is collected by a social worker. The girls work with these materials and a social worker brings them back to school.
The MAGIF COMMUNITY SCHOOL, like all schools, has stopped teaching since March 16th. The employees go to the community and do educational work about the corona virus and the protective measures. They distribute a flyer and a bar of soap. So the families can carry out the hygiene measures at home and protect themselves effectively.
The pandemic is another, especially economic, constraint for Liberians. It hits them particularly hard because society has not yet recovered from the consequences of the EBOLA crisis and the aftermath of the 14-year civil war (1989-2013). Those biographies that have just embarked on a hopeful development with vocational and university education are now experiencing a break.
The most important thing at present is to ensure that people get enough to eat and that social peace is maintained.
The curfew was extended to 60 days from 10.04. There are 91 confirmed infections, 8 people died and 7 people recovered (Ministry of Health and Social Welfare 20.04.2020).
The houses may only be left from 6:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. Face masks are compulsory.
The MAGIF Community School, like all schools in the country, is closed. Social workers and teachers/caretakers of the school go to the community and do educational work. They explain how the virus spreads and how people can protect themselves from it. They also distribute soap in the households, which was purchased for this purpose. In this way the inhabitants of the community are able to carry out the hygiene measures.
The girls in the MAGIF Center have to stay at home, they miss school and their usual activities. They are insecure and unhappy and feel the crisis first hand. Nevertheless they behave very well and are friendly with each other.
It is a very difficult time for all of them.
The situation is worsening
Since the weekend there is a curfew, people are only allowed to leave the house from six in the morning until the afternoon. After that the streets remain empty.
There are now 59 confirmed infections.
Living with Covid-19 in Liberia - 05.04.2020
The girls at the Magif Center don't go out anymore. Fortunately they have a garden and occasionally they can go to the playground of the closed community school in the immediate vicinity.
In the background you can see the closed school building, the children are missing lessons and time together. This is like the children in Germany. What is extremely different are the communication possibilities via internet and other media. But much worse are the economic worries due to the crisis, inflation is increasing.
The food on the photo costs 30 US dollars in a country where many people earn only a few Liberian dollars as day labourers, at an exchange rate of almost 200 Liberian dollars to 1 US dollar.
Covid-19 in Liberia - Info from 29.03.2020
On 25.03.2020 the Liberian president declared a state of emergency for the country.
The airport is closed and the national borders are well guarded.
All schools, restaurants, bars, hairdresser's shops and public facilities are closed.
No more than two people are allowed to be together in public. Mopeds may only be used by one person, taxis may only be manned by three people, including the driver.
Shops may only be entered by 5 persons at the same time, long queues form in front of the doors. The shelves are empty and there are no supply chains as we know them for example in Europe.
Before shopping, everyone has to wash their hands, shopping baskets are disinfected.
Compliance with the rules is strictly monitored by the police and military.
There are hand washing stations all over the country. There are buckets of water and soap everywhere, there is a valve at the bottom that you can open, then some water comes out and you can wash your hands. In this respect the Liberians are one step ahead of us, consistent hand washing is an effective measure against the virus.
At the government quarantine station three people (as of 26.03.) are currently being treated for a corona infection.
The mood in the country is bad. The people are very afraid to experience an epidemic like 2015 / 16 again. The already very difficult economic situation is worsening drastically.
Jubilee celebration, Liberia e.V. turns 25 years old
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the association, there was a ceremony on 17 August 2019 at the
Torhaus Nord, Liegnitzstrasse 63, 28237 Bremen.
Margret Gieraths-Nimene gave an impressive and lively account of her work in Liberia.
It was a very interesting, informative afternoon in a pleasant atmosphere. Old contacts were cultivated and new ones made.
There was a small supporting programme with music and storytellers.
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The new Schoolbuilding is finished
We look forward to the opening of the new MAGIF Community School with great joy and gratitude.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for the generous donations and the good support, without which we would not have been able to realize this project!
From September 15th this beautiful building with its large and bright rooms will be filled with life. Then the new school year will begin and the children will be taught there.
In October there will be the official inauguration ceremony, we will report about it.
The construction of the new MAGIF Community School has begun
The new building is already taking shape. Here, 4 new classrooms are being built on the school's own premises.
The building comprises four classrooms, two smaller rooms used as offices, a storage room and two toilets. The roof was covered, as can be seen on the photo. The Septic Tank, which consists of two chambers, was built.
Next, the plastering of the interior and exterior walls is started and the cement floor is poured. Then it will be decided whether the floor will be tiled or terracotta.
Then the carpenter steps into action again and pulls in the ceiling. The installation of the windows follows. At the same time the frames for the doors must be inserted.
It is realistic that the building will be ready for occupancy at the beginning of the new school year in September 2019 and that the lessons will take place there.