My New Blog; Combating Ebola

African trade beads

My blog header showing African trade beads

My New Blog

I apologize for my long absence.

I’ve been building and maintaining my new site,, where I blog about Nigeria, my memoir, my life, and race, which I hope you’ll visit.

I blog there every four days. The four day cycle is from the Igbo market week which is four days long! My husband’s Igbo town, Nanka, has their market on Afo, the first day of the week. Nearby towns have their markets on other days, so you always know where the biggest market in the area is on a given market day. Many towns even have their own market day as part of their town name. For example, Ekwulobia, the nearest big town to his smaller one, has it’s market on Eke.

The picture of African trade beads is the header of my new blog.

Ebola – What You and Your Child Can Do

Mark Ewert, a consultant to the Unitarian Universalist fundraising world, published a piece in The Motley Fool about the Ebola virus and what we can all do to help. His suggestions make a great tool for your teenager or even younger child who wants to understand this strange disease and its impact. He suggests doing research on several organizations that are working in the affected areas and then deciding where to make a contribution. Of course if you’re already a donor to one of these, your choice and your child or grandchild’s choice will be guided by your experience.

Global Giving at work

Gobal Giving’s work in combating the Ebola virus

One of the charities he recommends is Global Giving. I’ve taken a picture from their website.

Here’s what they say about their work:

“This fund will ensure that aid organizations on the ground in West Africa have the resources they need to stop the outbreak. Funds will be used for medical supplies to care for those already infected, protective equipment to keep health workers safe, and educational campaigns to inform the public about Ebola and how it spreads.”

Since children are deeply affected by this disease, either through their own illnes or death or the loss of parents and other family members, it is an ideal vehicle to introduce your child or grandchild to international relief and aid.

And the pictures of people wearing the protective garb can be intriguing to children, despite the dire nature of the need for it.

I’m sure children in your life will be talking about Ebola as they head back to school. You can give them a head start!

Tell Me Your Story

Please tell me how you introduce your children, grandchildren, or other children in your life to charitable giving.

I invite guest bloggers to tell their story. You can email me at or add a comment below.



Author of memoir Nigeria Revisited My Life and Loves Abroad, blogger, board member U.S.National Committee for UN Women, former Peace Corps volunteer, Unitarian Universalist, expert in nonprofit management and fundraising, certified fundraising executive (CFRE), racial justice advocate..

Posted on August 12, 2014, in Africa, children, disease prevention, Education, Family, Giving, Grandchildren, Health, international and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thank you, Gabi. Glad to have you folowing both blogs! (I assume you signed up to follow the new one – I hope so.)


  2. A very important topic Catherine. Going to check out your new blog.


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