A local Liberian American congregation is raising money to build an orphanage for children left parentless because of Ebola.
“They call her ‘Miracle Ammie,’ ” says Pastor George Everett, holding up a photo of a big-eyed girl in braids and a stretched out T-shirt. “This is one of the kids that I am taking care of.”
We’re sitting in the office of Transcontinental Christian Ministries, a small congregation of Liberian Americans based in an office park in Kent where he works. He’s describing to me how Ammie was orphaned in last year’s Ebola outbreak.
“She was just lying on her mom with her mouth on the breast when her mom died . … They took her from there and gave her to someone to take care of.”
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He explains she’s a “miracle” because she never contracted the virus herself.
Ammie is a reminder that the disease, and its impacts, have lingered long after the news coverage moved on.
She’s one of 16,600 children who have lost one or both parents to the outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa last year. Everett is hoping to support 104 of those orphans in Liberia with a new orphanage, built with help from funders in the Pacific Northwest.
“In April of 2015, I went to Monrovia. … I went to do assessment on the condition of the kids,” says Everett, who himself is from Monrovia and came to our region as a refugee of Liberia’s civil war in the early 2000s. “We had heard that there are so many orphans all over, so we wanted to see their conditions and what we could do for them.”
But Everett’s commitment to giving back to his country began long before April. Last year I wrote about how Everett helped to send ambulances to Liberia. Since then, Transcontinental ministries has raised funds to send four shipping containers’ worth of medical supplies to the country.
But the trip in April inspired Everett to do more. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON SEATLE TIMES