Central Bank Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones has donated US$1,500 along with buckets, Clorox and disinfectants to Ebola survivors in Small Ganta and Busie Town, Nimba County as a means of identifying with Ebola survivors.
Dr. Jones’ donation to Ebola survivors in Small Ganta, Nimba County, was presented to the townsfolk last Friday by the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP), headed by Cultural Ambassador Juli Endee.
Small Ganta is one of the badly hit areas in Nimba County, where over 50 persons died of the killer Ebola virus.
Liberia’s Cultural Ambassador, Juli Endee, said Dr. Jones’ donation to Ebola survivors was due to his love for humanity and his determination to see the virus eradicated from Liberia.
“When I visited my people in Small Ganta Town, I noticed the pains my people were going through, especially since the community being the worst hit by Ebola, leaving several survivors,” she said. I decided to look around for support and finally I got Dr. Mills Jones, who provided the money and other materials. That is why we came with our partner to tell you that we are with you.”
Amb. Endee explained that the US$1000 was for Ebola survivors. In addition, Dr. Jones also sent buckets, Clorox and other materials to empower them to continue the fight against the virus.
Upon receiving the cash and anti-Ebola materials on behalf of the survivors and people of Small Ganta, District #2, Representative Larry Youngquoi thanked the Central Bank Governor and Amb. Endee for the kind gesture toward the people of Small Ganta.
Rep. Youngquoi urged the City Mayor and town chief to use the funds for a project that will benefit the survivors and people of that community.
At the same time, Nimba County Health Officer, Dr. Collins S. Bowah, described the donation as timely.
He promised to join Governor Jones by providing more support to Ebola survivors, through his partners, as efforts to give hope to Ebola survivors in the county.
He also stated that as per his discussion with partners, there are also plans to help these survivors with vocational training which will empower them in various fields now that they have been free of the virus.
As for Busie Town, which is very near the Guinea border, the Central Bank Governor gave US$500 for the renovation of the town’s hand pumps, which had been in disrepair for the past year. In addition, he also sent them materials for the anti-Ebola fight.
Busie town, inhabited by roughly 1,300 people, is one of the towns in Nimba that most fortunately had not experienced an Ebola outbreak. Its people plant sugar cane and manufacture ‘cane juice,’ a popular Liberian alcoholic beverage, as a means of survival. The town is very near the Guinea Border.
Busie Town Chief Philbert Nyebe and members of the community thanked Dr. Mills Jones for the support and promised to use what was given them for the purposes intended.