In the wake of the Ebola crisis, survivors and family members of Ebola victims are still working through the trauma and emotional stress of all that happened in their communities. On top of this, many survivors are now pushed away by workers and friends out of fear, leaving more than 70% of Liberia’s Ebola survivors and their relatives jobless or under-worked. RESH and SoapBox together are working to create a program for these survivors to, first, provide psychological counseling support and second, give the opportunity to learn soap-making skills and small business management skills.The soap that will be manufactured through the program will be donated to four schools in Montserrado County that were heavily hit by the Ebola virus. The donated soaps will be used by students to promote continued hygiene education in the global fight against Ebola
Renewed Energy Serving Humanity (RESH) is a Liberian NGO which focuses on providing psychosocial support for victims of traumatic events. It was formed in the wake of the Ebola crisis but will continue to serve the citizens of Liberia even after the Ebola crisis has, thankfully, come to an end. RESH’s services are focused on victims’ families, friends, their communities, and those who provide care for victims. The core areas of service are psychosocial counseling, capacity building (practical skill development) awareness, research and advocacy for survivors and the families of victims.