In order to prevent Ebola from striking Kokoyah District in Bong County, a local non-governmental organization, Liberia Education Project (LEP) has covered 21 towns and villages with Ebola preventive messages and disinfectants.
The LEP commenced its anti-Ebola campaign in Kokoyah on September 17 and covered hundreds of households and roughly 10,000 people including women and children.
“LEP has invested in the lives of the people of Kokoyah and could not afford an outbreak to the detriment of the residents before joining the Ebola fight,” asserted LEP stalwart, Mrs. Seelu Madehdou.
According to Mrs. Madehdou, who headed the intervention, an estimated amount of US$5,000 was used to secure hand washing buckets, chlorine and other disinfectants for the safety of the people of Kokoyah.
She added that Kokoyah was already vulnerable and engulfed with fear because the virus was present and destroying lives in several communities in Bong County.
The LEP praised the people of Kokoyah for their willingness and ability to suspend all burial rituals and last respects befitting the dead in consonance with prevention measures promoted by health authorities.
Mrs. Madehdou and her organization were impressed with the kind reception of villagers and their readiness to suspend body contacts and congested gatherings, in response to the public health measures instituted by the Government of Liberia and its international partners.
As no case has yet surfaced in Kokoyah District, Mrs. Madehdou expressed admiration for the sensitivity of the people of Kokoyah and their willingness to follow all precautionary measures helpful to their safety against Ebola.
In addition to Kokoyah District, LEP extended its anti-Ebola Campaign to communities behind Ricks Institute in Virginia, outside Monrovia.
Those communities are in the middle of two Ebola infected regions—Western Liberia and Monrovia. Government’s attempt to restrict the movement of people between Monrovia and Western Liberia proved of little effect during the peak of the outbreak.
Villages such as Massaquoi Town, Peter’s Town, Whea-Torgbeh and Godah Town among others, benefited from the generosity of the LEP.
LEP operates a school in Massaquoi Town where underprivileged children converge from surrounding villages to learn at little cost to their parents.
According to Madam Madehdou, the institution’s attention is drawn to the plight of children who became Ebola orphans when the deadly virus claimed the lives of their parents.
Mrs. Madehdou believes that her organization can adequately intervene if it secures donor funding to cater for orphans of the Ebola crisis in Liberia.
When asked whether efforts are being made to secure funding for her dream, Mrs. Madehdou said there is no actual commitment yet to address the plight of orphans, but she hopes for the best.
The LEC operates a self-constructed elementary school named Ghenwein Mission for underprivileged village children in Kokoyah District.
During the 2013/2014 academic year, a total of 132 students enrolled in the school at a reasonable cost to their families due to considerable support from overseas donors.