Liberian Receives Humanitarian Award for Fight Against Ebola

A US based Non-Governmental organization, the American Council for Voluntary Interaction; (InterAction) has selected a Liberian Environmental Specialist as the recipient of its 2015 humanitarian Award for leading a vigorous fight against the Ebola virus in Liberia.

Mr. George Jordu Woryonwon was awarded the humanitarian accolade for the form, manner dynamism and love country exhibited during the fight against the Ebola virus across the country.

In a letter, the American Council for Voluntary International Action Congratulated Mr. Woryonwon for his preferment for the 2015 Humanitarian Award.

Since August 2014, George Jordu Woryonwon has worked with Global Communities (GC) through the OFDA funded Assisting Liberians through Education to Reduce Transmission (ALERT)/Ebola Response program to train and supervise burial teams across Liberia.
Through his work, he has ensured safe and dignified burials throughout the country with incredible speed, effectiveness and safety.

To date, zero burial team members supported by Mr. Woryonwon have contracted the virus and during the height of the crisis, teams were able to maintain a response rate of 90% and above.

It was through Mr. Woryonwon’s work with Liberia’s Traditional Council that GC was able to secure land for a National Cemetery.

Since its inception in December 2014, GC trained burial teams have conducted over 700 safe and dignified burials at this cemetery, effectively ending emergency cremation in Monrovia.

Interaction’s Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual or individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in support of NGOs and the people they serve in the developing world.

Our community’s national staff and counterparts often surmount significant obstacles to carry out their work effectively in their own home countries or regions.
 
Interaction seeks to honor these individuals for their bravery and commitment to the most vulnerable populations in their own communities.

The award recognizes individuals whose work reflects important leadership qualities (such as courage, initiative, creativity, grace under pressure, integrity, personal sacrifice) and who have made significant contributions in the developing world to any of the following areas: disaster relief, human development, refugee assistance, civil society, equitable economic development, health, environment, education, population, or public InterAction is the largest U.S.-based coalition of international non-governmental organizations (NGO) working globally in development and humanitarian assistance, with over 180 member organizations working in countries around the world.

The award recognizes individuals whose work reflects important leadership qualities (such as courage, initiative, creativity, grace under pressure, integrity, personal sacrifice) and who have made significant contributions in the developing world to any of the following areas: disaster relief, human development, refugee assistance, civil society, equitable economic development, health, environment, education or population.

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