Dear GNF Members and Friends,

Happy Holidays! 

GNF brought two outstanding speakers to Santa Barbara In October.  We had had two events that were attended by many of you. We want to share summaries of what we learned for those who were unable to attend.

GNF Member, Judy Foreman wrote the article, "As Ebola Crisis Spreads, Direct Relief Proving that Partnerships Matter" featured on

"On a recent morning, more than 100 guests from the all-volunteer ranks of Direct Relief Women and Global Neighborhood Fund got together to hear a compelling and timely presentation on the Ebola crisis. The presentation was made by Susan Craven, director of the Washington office of the U.N. Population Fund, which promotes health and equal opportunity for men, women and children around the world.


With Ebola dominating the news, and now having reached the United States, Craven's update was a much-anticipated event. The PowerPoint
 presentation and Q&A was focused on the Ebola outbreak's effects on women's health in western Africa and, specifically, the needs of pregnant women and mothers and infants. Click here to read more."

Later in the month, Micheal Murphy, an award winning architect from MASS Designs presented their unique approach to healthy architecture, advocating for contextually appropriate health care and education environments while building capacity and sustainability. We welcome you to watch the video below where Michael shares how buildings can heal.

Michael Murphy: Buildings that heal
Michael Murphy: Buildings that heal


Save the Date: February 10, 2015
Private Film Screening: "a small act"

"a small act" a film by Jennifer Arnold, interweaves seemingly separate lives into a cohesive whole, bearing witness to the ripple effect a single action can make.   
A Small Act documentary - official trailer
A Small Act documentary - official trailer




TIME's 2014 Person of the Year: Ebola Fighters

They risked and persisted, sacrificed and saved. Editor Nancy Gibbs explains why the Ebola Fighters are TIME's choice for Person of the Year 2014

By Nancy Gibbs


Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, says the proverb, but rather the hero's heart.


Maybe this is true in any battle; it is surely true of a war that is waged with bleach and a prayer.


For decades, Ebola haunted rural African villages like some mythic monster that every few years rose to demand a human sacrifice and then returned to its cave. It reached the West only in nightmare form, a Hollywood horror that makes eyes bleed and organs dissolve and doctors despair because they have no cure.


But 2014 is the year an outbreak turned into an epidemic, powered by the very progress that has paved roads and raised cities and lifted millions out of poverty. This time it reached crowded slums in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone; it traveled to Nigeria and Mali, to Spain, Germany and the U.S. It struck doctors and nurses in unprecedented numbers, wiping out a public-health infrastructure that was weak in the first place. One August day in Liberia, six pregnant women lost their babies when hospitals couldn't admit them for complications. Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one. Click here to read more.

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