The scene at the courtyard of the Borough of New Kru Town Hall, outside Monrovia, was one of merry-making as authorities of the Liberia Assemblies of God (LAG) donated mattresses, cartons of high quality sardines, gallons of vegetable oil, bags of 25kgs of rice and assorted clothing to each of the Ebola survivors that have congregated in the area.
ERDO is the humanitarian agency of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada that provides hope for widows, among others.
The two institutions are helping Ebola survivors for sustainability under the theme, “For when I was hungry, you gave me something to eat…,” based on the text at Matthew 25:35-36.
Prior to making the donations to the beneficiaries who upon hearing the good news burst into singing and dancing, the general superintendent of the AG-Liberia, Edwin A. Gbelly, said the items presented were valued at US$60,000.
“We have been informed that those who survived the EVD had lost everything they ever owned because community members feared that keeping such possessions would have further spread the virus. Based on the report, we come to identify with each of you by presenting these items to you to restart you lives,” Rev. Gbelly declared as he presented the items to the cheering and grateful recipients.
Rev. Gbelly was accompanied on the weekend tour by LAG’s director of relief, Reginald W. Fannoh, and Monrovia district senior pastor, Rev. Peter Kerkula, among others.
Earlier, the church leadership carried out a rapid assessment plan intended to identify beneficiaries for the ERDO assistant project. The assessment was conducted by the team within the Monrovia area and Gbarnga City, respectively, where categories of targeted beneficiaries identified included current Ebola patients in five ETUs and Ebola Survivors in 17 other communities.
The donated items included several pieces of assorted cloths, three-piece high quality lappas to each of the surviving elderly women, a cartoon of Princess Sardines, bags of rice, a three-gallon of vegetable oil, and above all, an eight-inch foam mattress—a presentation that brought tears of joy to the survivors, who shouted praises to the AG-Liberia for their intervention.
The survivors who spoke with our reporter after they received their share of the items expressed gratitude to leaders of LAG and ERDO for thinking about the plights of those afflicted by the EVD.
In their separate story, since they returned from the ETUs, items they received over the weekend were the first mayor gift items that had ever received, particularly from a religious institution.
As a token of their gratitude for the items, the survivors were seen dancing and merry-making, expressing gratefulness to the AG-Liberia and partners. They asked God to spare the lives of the donors so that they would continue to identify with them (survivors).