In recognition of their invaluable services to humanity, the Ebola Orphans and Survival Project (EOSP) has begun to honor ordinary Liberians and institutions with certificates of appreciation.
According to the organizer, Madam Oneta Roberts, the initiative is designed to honor and recognize Liberians and institutions that provided support to her organization in its contribution to the national fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).
“They are being awarded and shown our appreciation for their outstanding roles. We have thus decided to declare them as Ebola heroes and heroines,” she said.
The primary goal of EOSP “is to restore hope that comes along with integrity and dignity to children that have become orphans as a result of the deadly Ebola virus.”
Mrs. Roberts explained that the EOSP workers are volunteers who provide their services to children made orphans by the Ebola virus and other survivors.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently, Madam Roberts said she organized the institution to join the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, when it became necessary.
About the entity’s areas of operation, Madam Roberts intimated that for the meantime, EOSP operates in Monrovia primarily catering to Ebola orphans and survivors in communities that were hardest hit by the Ebola virus.
Asked when her group will decentralize its activities, Madam Roberts said plans are being worked out to render some assistance to rural orphans and survivors.
“Serving humanity, especially children and others found in very difficult circumstances, is our focus,” Madam Roberts asserted.
She also underscored the need for Liberians to consider the cardinal principle of giving back to one’s country in whatever professional ways that could enhance growth, development and progress.
Madam Roberts, who is married with two children, further emphasized that Liberians should see the need to work with partners to stamp out the Ebola virus disease in the country.
The initial funds and materials received by the EOSP were donated by some prominent Liberians, agencies and institutions in Monrovia.
Among the institutions and agencies she named were the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), Novafone GSM, Lonestar Communications Corporation and dozens of philanthropic groups.
Essentially, publicity and public relations activities were rendered by three independent media entities, the Catholic-run Radio Veritas, Hott Fm Radio Station, Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) and UNMIL Radio.
On specific message to Liberians, Madam Roberts called on her country and on all Liberians to develop the spirit of nationalism, as demonstrated by other West Africans, such as Ghanaians and Nigerians.
Among the institutions honored by ESOP were President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Musician’s Union of Liberia, Rep. Saah Joseph, Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyeswah, the Nurses’ Union, LMHRC, General Services Agency (GSA), Liberia National Police (LNP), African Union, US Embassy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), European Union, Dr. Jerry Browne of ELWA Hospital, EOSP Task Force, Coca-Cola, Cellcom GSM, and Novafone GSM and the Liberian Observer Corporation, publishers of the Daily Observer newspaper.