Ebola in Africa

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My sponsor child lives with his family in Togo. I'm wondering how bad the Ebola threat is to him and his family. Is any education being done to help the little ones learn how to stay health? How can I receive updates on this, if at all. I'm praying for them, but feel helpless. Thank you.
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Angelia vonGersdorff

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 Hi, Angelia. I'm neither an expert on the ebola crisis nor from Compassion, but I have 2 kids in Togo as well and have been keeping an eye on the it. So far, it doesn't look like the disease has really hit there, though there have been reported cases in quite nearby nations. Whiel that's not exactly free-and-clear news, it doesn't seem to be of any immediate threat. Also, it seems to me that the basic education practices Compassion offers as far as hygeine and safety would be helpful for avoiding contraction of such an illness...at least as much as possible with such types of transmissions. I've also heard that the majority of people who contract the illness get it from caring for sick family members, not from walking around in the community or anything like that so the transmission is at least a little controlled. It's just very difficult to contain and eradicate.
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Hello Angelia,

I appreciate your concern for your sweet boy, Djidoula and understand that it is difficult feeling as if you are helpless. First, please know that we are truly grateful for your prayers and they mean more than you may know! I want to encourage you that so far, this outbreak has not affected any of our children or projects and has not reached any countries in which Compassion works - Praise God! We are monitoring the situation closely and taking necessary precautions at our projects to keep the children safe. If we find that your child is affected, we will contact you personally. I would encourage you to read the blog we wrote about how Compassion handles any of these types of situations that happen in the countries we work in, http://blog.compassion.com/crisis-reporting-was-my-child-affected/. If this situation spreads to any Compassion areas, we will also post about it on our website and you can stay up to date here: http://www.compassion.com/where-we-work/crisis-updates.htm. Thank you for your prayers during this time! 

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