The Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa with support from the American Jewish World Service, last Friday, February 13, provided a grant of US$20,000 to eight Ebola taskforce communities in eight of the 15 counties.
The 40 participants were drawn from Cape Mount, Montserrado, Margibi, Lofa, Nimba, Bomi, Grand Bassa and Bong Counties.
Speaking at the Ebola Outreach Awareness Initiative Workshop in Monrovia, Executive Director Williametta Saydee-Tarr said the grant is intended for door-to-door Ebola awareness messages in the various communities in the counties to buttress government’s efforts in the Ebola fight.
According to her, the foundation is interested in providing awareness messages about Ebola virus disease (EVD) to community dwellers and the grant is part of GPFA’s Phase Six Ebola campaign.
“We’ve worked with several community-based groups in Montserrado, Cape Mount, Margibi and other parts of the country, and though the Ebola epidemic is slowing down, Liberians should not be complacent about it.
“We have to make sure that we keep up our toes as regards safety of our homes and communities,” she pleaded.
She also challenged female-led organizations, as well as the media to continue their support in the fight against the virus.
Madam Tarr said, “We are more interested in contact tracing and how to stimulate survivors and see how they can be part of the society.
“Giving you the funding is to ensure that you can go into the communities to create awareness. We can’t be complacent; we want to be sure that the virus is eradicated from Liberia.”
She also disclosed that the foundation is working with local media institutions to inform other partners about their activities.
“Media institutions are involved because we want the public to know the outcome of the grant and how it was used by beneficiaries,” she said, and called on churches to observe the Ebola rules and stop laying hands on the sick.
Each group received US$500 and at the end of the seminar, they lauded the Gbowee’s Foundation and promised to use the money for the intended purpose.