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‘Perhaps I Can Do Food’: How One Woman Makes a Difference Against Ebola

From her home in London, Memuna Janneh could only watch as the Ebola outbreak worsened the food shortages in her home country of Sierra Leone. Then the government banned public Christmas and New Years Eve gatherings.

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Janneh knew she had to help. So she decided to use food to help sustain communities ravaged by the epidemic and keep the holiday spirit alive.

“I don’t have the cure for Ebola. I am not a medic. I am not a superpower. But I thought to myself … perhaps I can do food,” said Janneh.

Following a countrywide, three-day lockdown in Janneh’s home state in September, she started LunchBoxGift out of her home. The campaign delivers nutritious, freshly prepared meals to patients and health workers on the Ebola front line in Sierra Leone.

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