SAN DIEGO – As the fear of Ebola spreads through the U.S., three San Diego women are collecting buckets and bleach in an effort to stop the spread of the epidemic in Liberia.
“I talk to Liberia everyday and the culture of the country is completely traumatized. There are no handshakes, no touching, no hugging; there is just complete and utter fear in Liberia right now,” said Deborah Lindholm, founder of “Foundation for women.”
Lindholm, along with Paula Cordeiro, Dean of University for San Diego and professor Joi Spencer spent weeks in Liberia on a mission to help women in third world countries through education and business development.
“They’re so proud of the educational system they are trying to set up and when you realize that every school we visited is now closed … our hearts were so touched,” said Dean Cordeiro.
They left in August when all non-essential Americans were asked to leave because of Ebola.
“None of the teachers, none of the principles are showing up because you can’t come together. You can’t touch. We can eradicate Ebola,” said Spencer.
Since August, the number of deaths in Liberia has doubled to more than 2,000.
The ladies believe the first step in eradicating the problem is through bleach.
“There are buckets of bleach all over the streets in Liberia and the people in Liberia and in the surrounding areas that have been affected by Ebola understand that if they keep their hands clean they can kill off the virus,” said Lindholm.
According to Lindholm, $20 world of bleach and sanitary products are enough for a family of ten.
Because shipment is prohibited, Lindholm’s foundation and members of USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences are selling goods to raise money to send to back instead of sending bleach directly.
“This reminds us that this is a small village, this world and with what has just happened in Dallas … its not in our backyard anymore, its in our front yard,” said Cardeiro.
Now in Dallas up to 100-people are being kept under close eye for having either direct or indirect contact with Thomas Eric Duncan – the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S.
“This is a very serious virus and it kills people so dramatically and it’s invisible,” said Lindholm.
The “buckets and bleach” campaign has raised $1,000 since Monday.
The Foundation for Women is collecting donations online and checks mail.
The Foundation for Women
4747 Morena Blvd. Ste. 375, San Diego, CA 92117