Women in Mining Guinea (WIMG) is a professional organization focusing on career development for women in the mining sector. Beginning in May 2014, well before the intensive governmental response began, WIMG held awareness workshops on Ebola. To deliver the workshops, WIMG worked with Africa 2.0 its pan-Africa partner. Africa 2.0 is an organization of young and emerging leaders from Africa and the African diaspora. Commenting on the partnership, WIMG co-founder Zeinab Camara said, “This means a more coordinated plan of eradication of the disease that is formulated by Africans for Africa.”68 In this spirit, Africans residing outside the continent vigorously joined the battle.
Founded by Sierra Leonean Memuna Janneh living in London, the Lunchbox Gift initiative provided freshly cooked meals for patients, healthcare workers, and frontline staff at Ebola treatment centres in
Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital city. In about three months of operation, Lunchbox Gift delivered nearly 40,000 freshly prepared meals. To accomplish this, the organization employed 15 cooks and support staff in Sierra Leone. However, Lunchbox Gift’s management team is comprised solely of unpaid volunteers from a variety of professions.69