The collaboration of local and international non-governmental agencies is the best way for their support to make a greater impact on the larger society, says Deborah Lindholm, founder and CEO of Foundation for Women in Liberia (FFWL).
Delivering 55 bags of rice to orphans and widows yesterday in Dolo’s Town, lower Margibi County, Lindholm said the donation was in response to a promise she made last February to seek assistance on their behalf.
“I told you that I was seeking organizations to work with us to provide you some humanitarian assistance and we were able to meet with an NGO known as Save More Kids run by Liberians in California and here in Liberia” she said.
The Liberian founders of Save More Kids have adopted and added to their families 44 Liberians kids in Bong County.
“During our discussion I presented your situation to them and they showed interest and the 55 bags of rice is the result of our discussion and I want you to say a big ‘thank you’ to them,” said Lindholm.
She told the gathering of more than 100 family heads and a large number of children, that Save More Kids together with the FFWL is determined to ensure that no Liberian child goes hungry at night and that every child has the opportunity to go to school.
“We are blessed to be in partnership with Save More Kids because we believe that working together with many more international non-governmental organizations that care about your condition and this country will help a greater number of people here,” she said.
The beneficiaries were mostly orphans and widows who lost their parents and husbands during the Ebola Virus scourge of 2014. Lindholm said she felt extremely sorry for the kids who are left without their parents and are being cared for by neighbors.
“This is the beginning of what we are able to get to assist you,” she told them. FFWL celebrated its 10th anniversary recently. According to Lindholm, it has provided micro-loans to more than 25,000 Liberian women throughout the country to start their own businesses and to about 150 low-cost independent schools in an effort to enroll more children in school.
A beneficiary in her 40s, Madam Esther Brown, who lost her husband of many years, pastor Brown N. Karnga, and more than six children to Ebola, is now caring for 14 children. “I thank God for the help we are receiving,” she told the Daily Observer in an interview after she received 2 bags of rice.
The distribution was done by members of the Dr. Abraham Saar Borbor Foundation in the presence of Mr. David Beyan, chief operations officer of FFWL and other FFWL staff.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, a representative expressed appreciation to Save More Kids, FFWL and all those who made the donation a reality, and prayed for God’s blessings on their mission that is intended to ease their suffering.
Dolo Town was one of the communities that was badly hit by the Ebola scourge and was quarantined by the Liberian government.