Phase 3 of the Alfalit-Liberia and Liberia-Ghana Missions (LGM) Ebola virus outreach have begun to undertake sensitization and awareness initiatives with the blind and physically challenged Liberians in Monrovia and its environs.
In order to sustain the process, executives of Alfalit-Liberia and LGM last week Friday provided 26 bags of rice and several gallons of cooking oil valued at US$3500.00.
Accordingly, a little over 126 blind and physically challenged Liberians in the Sinkor, Tubman Boulevard community were recipients of food rations and critically needed sanitation materials in Monrovia.
During the 55-minute interactive encounter, the physically challenged and blind Liberians, including their dependants, were urged to take all precautionary measures being preached by health workers.
The mobilization of the Sinkor and other areas of the blind and physically challenged Liberians was initiated and carried out by student Reilly Fallah of the Sinkor Blind Community in Monrovia.
Coordinator Fallah has also mobilized the communities of Old Road, deaf and dumb schools and several other areas that critically needed sanitation and food assistance during these difficult times in the country.
Speaking during the presentation of the rice and sanitation materials last week, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of LGM, Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings, pointed out that their assistance was intended to respond to the socio-economic needs of the physically challenged Liberians.
Rev. Giddings explained that the LGM and Alfalit-Liberia did not target the blind and physically challenged to find a solution to the Ebola crisis. However, the groups were included in the initiative so that they, too, could benefit.
“Our assistance and contribution to the Ebola crisis in Liberia could be described as a small token that could enhance the critical needs of you, the blind and physically challenged Liberians in the country,” Rev. Giddings asserted.
“Beware that I’m part of the physically challenged and the general disabled community due to the fact that I, too, spent sometimes in a wheel-chair and God has helped me to have the strength to walk again and interact with you,” Rev. Giddings told the beneficiaries.
In earlier remarks, Alfalit-Liberia’s Program Officer George Stewart reminded the disabled Liberians that though all doors of education of are closed in the country at this time, it does not mean that the two donor organizations could not reach out to adult students in various communities.
Mr. Stewart then disclosed that it was based on this vital calculation that the leaderships of Alfalit-Liberia and LGM decided to target the disabled community in the country.
He also intimated that Reilly Fallah did an excellent job by identifying the critically vulnerable sector of the Liberian society for the humanitarian assistance during this critical period of the Ebola crisis.
Mr. Stewart admonished the recipients to make use of the sanitation materials provided by the two groups in order to stay alive and contribute to the development, growth and progress of the country.
In response, the Chairperson of the Sinkor physically challenged group, Lahai Gotumue, thanked Alfalit-Liberia and LGM staff for the food and sanitation materials.
“We are indeed grateful that the LGM and Alfalit-Liberia have targeted the most vulnerable, marginalized, deprived and poverty stricken Liberians,” Mr. Gotumue stressed.
“It is our fervent prayer that God will continue to bless the generous hands of the LGM and Alfalit-Liberia family so that their assistance will continue to reach us during and after these critical periods in the country,” Mr. Gotumue averred.