Plan Liberia Supports Ebola Survivors in Lofa County

Plan Liberia, through its Lofa County Program Unit has concluded the food and non-food items distribution to Ebola survivals and affected families in three of Lofa's 12 districts.

The distribution targeted 100 family heads with over 345 direct beneficiaries mostly women and children in Voinjama city, Samoidu, Womanor, Bakedu, Koba and Nyoquoitahun communities covering Voinjama, Quardu Gboni and Kolahun districts.

The items include rice, beans, milks, soap, hand sanitizers, tissues and mattresses.

" Plan's focus in on children and we think that giving such support will contribute to the children's growth and well-being and expect you to make sure the children have access to these things especially the mattresses and food",  Hardii Zombobo , Plan' SIDA project officer said.

Families were identify and selected through the Ebola survivals and affected list produced by Lofa County Health Team and its implementing partner, Initiative Women in Lofa (IWIL).

"We are very happy for these items especially the mattresses and food. These items will take us a long way especially where we have nothing left when we got infected by the virus", said Korpo Boakai, a woman who lost her parents to the Ebola virus.

Korpo is among hundreds of families who expressed gratitude for the food and non-food items distributed by Plan Liberia and promised to use them wisely.

The dark days of Ebola

Food prices in Lofa County is rising on a daily basis with a cup of rice being sold at L$25 as compared to pre-Ebola time when a cup of rice was L$15.

Recounting the tragedy of the virus, Korpo lamented the difficult experiences during the dark days when Ebola grabbed the parents to death at the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Foya district, Lofa County.

"It is not easy for us to forget the hard days of Ebola", she said. "But through your support and comfort I think things will be better and don't forget us in all you do", she concluded.

For Mamasan Sheriff, the death of her husband, her last two children, her mate, husband's brothers and mother in-law is a lasting pain of memories. She did not know if she would survive after being taken to the ETU for treatment.

"Ten person from my family died and I have three orphans with me; I am now struggling all by self", Mamasan bust in tears.

She said the three children have not been registered to school due to lack of financial support.  

"The fees for the private school they been attending are very high and on hand to send them now I hope someone could help", Mamasan said.

About the project

The project is being funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the distribution exercise was done by Initiative Women in Lofa (IWIL), one of Plan's partners that is implementing the project in the affected communities. ISIL conducts active case search, identifies and verifies affected families and quarantine homes in the three districts.

IWIL works in 73 communities, trains and supports 96 general Community Health Volunteers including other community volunteers.

Editor’s notes:  

·         Founded 77 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest child rights organisations in the world.  We work in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

www.plan-international.org

·         Plan started working in Liberia in 1982. The organisation works in partnership with the communities and the government to ensure poor children have access to quality education, good health and adequate sanitation, and that they are well protected. The organisation has 12,250 sponsored children spread over 176 communities in its programme areas.
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