Alfalit Liberia, an adult literacy organization, last weekend remarkably put smiles on the faces of over 120 physically challenged households in Bong County. The organization supplied 120 bags of 25kg rice and several gallons of argo oil intended to ease hardship being encountered as a result of Ebola crisis in Liberia.
Alfalit Liberia Coordinator for Training and Supervision, Mr. Jerome Williams, presented the donation over the weekend to Mr. Jacob Joe, who heads the Bong County Chapter of the National Union of Disabled Organizations of Liberia.
Mr. Williams expressed his institution’s empathy with the current plight of the disabled community; saying the Ebola Outbreak has increased hardship on disabled people, many of whom lived on handouts.
Mr. Williams revealed that Alfalit considers the disabled community as one of the vulnerable groupings in harm’s way in the health crisis.
“We all know the stigma and minimum support people with disabilities suffer in our society. The Ebola situation that comes with so many restrictions and stigmatization has made life tougher for people living with disabilities,” Mr. Williams stated.
Receiving the items, Mr. Jacob Joe, himself visually impaired, expressed unspeakable joy and gratitude to the Alfalit and its oversees donors for the intervention directed at the Bong County disabled community. He said the gesture encouraged disabled people to remain at their homes for fear of contracting the Ebola Virus Disease through travel.
“We succeeded in quarantining the disabled people on this side, because we don’t want them to contract and spread the virus, but the challenge is to feed them”, Mr. Joe explained. He described Alfalit as a “redeemer,” without whose timely intervention the Bong disabled would have faced a “food crisis.”
“The airwaves are overwhelmed with donations in different sectors of society, but none had reached the disabled community of Bong County except these items from Alfalit”, Mr. Joe stressed. “We are grateful to the donors and administration of Alfalit,” the Central Liberia disabled activist concluded.
It can be recalled, Alfalit brought together in September over 200 disabled people in and around Monrovia to give them food and disinfectants intended to keep themselves free of Ebola and associated risk. Not only has Alfalit been catering to the feeding and hygienic needs of hundreds of disabled people, since September the organization has also been reaching out to quarantined homes in Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties, the Alfalit staff disclosed.
Alfalit is originally a literacy organization that has enabled thousands of Liberians both in rural and urban parties of Liberia to enjoy the advantage of reading and writing skills intended to improve their livelihoods in their various disciplines.