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Aug 1, 2014 7:52 PM by Zach Thaxton

Compassion International keeping close eye on west Africa Ebola outbreak

The widespread outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in western Africa has prompted Colorado Springs-based missionary organization Compassion International to take inventory of its overseas outreach efforts and consider fleeing if the disease encroaches closer to its projects in the region.

Compassion has 6,200 projects in 26 countries worldwide, according to Tim Glenn, USA communications director for the organization.  Among those 26 are Togo, Ghana, and Burkina Faso, a trio of west African nations separated from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Siera Leone, and Guinea only by the Ivory Coast.  "We're monitoring the situation there and if, God forbid, that this disease were to find its way into those countries, we may have to shut down centers, we may have to do whatever it takes to protect our staff and get them out of that area," Glenn said.

Despite the risk, Glenn says health and humanitarian crises like these often have the effect of bolstering membership and contributions.  "That's when you want to get involved as a potential donor or sponsor and say, 'I want to take part in being part of the solution to an issue that's going on in a country,'" Glenn said.  "This is a great way to get involved and say, 'I'll stand up against disease, I'll stand up against war, I'll protect kids from those things' by partnering with an organization like Compassion."

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