The Norwegian Girl Guides Association (NGGA) has donated to the Liberian Girl Guides Association (LGGA) US$10,000 to aid its Liberian counterpart in contributing essential items to their members and others affected by the Ebola epidemic.
The money, according to LGGA Commissioner Toniah Wiles, is being used to buy relief items, which are being distributed to its members in Monrovia and around the country.
Liberia’s oldest Guide is one of the beneficiaries of the NGGA donation. Speaking to this newspaper, 96-year-old Lucretia Jeneba Thomas, who was honored by the nation during this year’s independence anniversary, said she was glad that the Guides thought about her “during this Ebola time.”
Madam Thomas, who served the longest as Commissioner of the LGGA, still has very sharp eyes and was able to walk from her house to a small orchard in front of her home, without assistance.
She jokingly told our reporter that she was now out of fashion in this present generation of Liberians and is just waiting on God’s time, which “I want to happen now,” she said laughing and walked past our reporter.
She was presented with an Ebola bucket along with other assorted items, including a bag of rice.
Other older Guides that the LGGA visited also received similar items, while the younger Guides’ packages included sanitary pads. Commissioner Wiles stated that LGGA intends to donate to at least 3000 of their younger Guides.
The LGGA also distributed items in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties, as well as Montserrado County including Monrovia.
In Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Commissioner Wiles and other senior Guides donated items to the only Government-run referral hospital in that city. The items included bags of rice, toiletries, sanitary pads, sacs of water thanks to the generosity of the Norwegian Girl Guides Association.
She informed Dr. Gorbee Logan, Bomi County Chief Health Officer that the supplies were to be shared with children who have become orphans due to the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).
Dr. Logan, expressing appreciation said the items “came just in time. We are in dire need of all of them at the hospital and the ETU.” He promised that the orphans would receive their share of the donated items.
Similar donations were distributed in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County to the St. Timothy Hospital.
The LGGA’s next stop will be Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, according to Commissioner Wiles.