Hundreds of Leaders of Diaspora organizations and nationals from the Mano River Union nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will gather in Washington D.C on Friday December 5, for a major Diaspora Summit on Ebola.
The summit, chaired by John G. F. Lloyd, is expected to bring together organizational leaders and nationals of the West African Diaspora community from all regions of the United States, Europe, and Canada in a united effort to halt the deadly Ebola epidemic which has heavily engulfed the Mano River region of West Africa. They will join major U.S. government and international non-governmental organizations (INGO’s) in a bid to coordinate and synchronize the multiple relief efforts of Diaspora groups, and enhance fundraising initiatives geared towards humanitarian efforts underway in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
The list of key dignitaries expected at the event includes the Mayor of Washington D.C, Members of the United States Congress, and the Ambassadors of the nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Panel guests include representatives of USAID, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the D.C. Department of Health, Samaritan Purse, the World Bank, and other major international agencies.Under the theme “Working Together to Help End Ebola”, deliberations at the Summit will be centered upon fostering collaboration and meaningful relations amongst Diaspora organizationsand relief groups which have raised millions in separate initiatives.
The Washington Summit is organized by the Diaspora Ebola Network (DEN), a joint Venture of leading Liberian Diaspora organizations, in the collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) -Center for International Development (CIDI) and the Government of the District of Columbia office of African Affairs. According to DEN officials, the Summit goal is to support and complement the work of the international community and related governments in the global effort to end the deadly Ebola epidemic and save the three affected nations from the brink of catastrophe.
Along with DEN, major Diaspora organizations working in partnership to host the Summitare the Coalition of Concerned Liberians, (CCL), the European Federation of Liberian Associations, the Federation of Sierra Leoneans in America, and the Guinean Association of America, the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas along with national alumni and county based organizations.