The Living Word Community Church, in partnership with International Children’s Fund, recently donated several assorted food and medical items to two Ebola hit communities in Grand Cape Mount County.
Items donated included 75 boxes of rice, 20 bags of wheat, 10 bags of beans, medical supplies, clothes and crutches, worth thousands of United States Dollars.
Communities that benefited from the donation included Sinje Health Center and the Jene Wonde Clinic in Tewor and Garwular Districts, respectively.
Rev Boakai B. Paasewe, founder and general overseer of the Living Word Church in Jene Wonde, told journalists the donation was the church way of identifying with victims of the Ebola virus disease in the county.
According to him, the initiative is intended to buttress government’s effort in battling the virus in the county. He called on well-meaning Liberians to exert other efforts to help other affected communities to fight against the killer virus.
As a faith-based organization established 2009 in the county, the church provides educational opportunities to poverty- stricken children and health care delivery for those who lack the financial means to go to school and make themselves useful citizens.
Rev. Paasewe further disclosed that the LWCC and its partner are currently constructing a caring home for children who have been victimized by the Ebola virus not only in Cape Mount, but also in Bomi County as well.
He also urged citizens of the county to abide by all Ebola preventive measures despite the decline of Ebola cases there.
He said the construction project, which will be completed this April, will accommodate 50 orphans.
The Liberian clergyman thanked the National Ebola Task Force and its partner, the International Children’s Fund, for their numerous contributions to the church in undertaking such an initiative.
For her part, the officer- in-charge of the Jene wonde Clinic, Tenneh Y. Pearson, thanked the Living Word Church for the donation and promised that it will be used for the intended purpose.
Madam Pearson pointed out that the medical supplies will buttress the effort of health workers to be more effective in caring for patients in the county.
The Town Chief of Jene wonde, Ms. Jebbeh Sarnon, lauded the Living Word Church for the gesture and called on others to emulate the church’s example.
Mrs. Sarnon used the occasion to call on government to support people affected by the epidemic in the county.
She expressed disappointment in the government for allegedly neglected victims of the Ebola virus in Jene wonde Town, which was badly hit by the deadly Ebola virus—situation she indicated had created serious hardship for citizens of the town.
The Local Chief has at the same time called on Madam Sarnon to urge authorities in the county and other partners to include them on burial teams, something she believes would serve as a means of empowerment for them.