British Ambassador Fergus Cochrane-Dyet told two families that survived the Ebola Virus Disease in Clara Town, Monrovia to remain focused and put their lives back together as the United Kingdom is prepared to provide assistance to them through Street Child of Liberia (SCL).
During brief acquaintance visits to the two families yesterday, along with officials of SCL, Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet encouraged the survivors to get active, by taking advantage of assistance from humanitarian organizations such as SCL.
The families are that of Ms. Watta Moore, who is an appointed guardian of Ebola survivor and orphan, ten year-old Asatu Kromah, who lost her parents to non-Ebola related diseases. Ms. Moore said Miss Kromah’s mother died during childbirth and the father died after a protracted illness.
The other family is Ebola survivors Ms. Gbessay Kiawu and seven others, including two of her children.
Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet told the Daily Observer in an interview that he decided to accompany officials of SCL as an opportunity to see how the two families were coping, after surviving the Ebola Virus disease.
“It’s a good opportunity for me to see the difference in their lives after their Ebola experience and how they are coping,” the British Ambassador said. “We are interested in giving more to assist the Liberian government’s efforts to aid these survivors,” he indicated.
Earlier, SCL’s program director Michael John Bull explained to Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet about Street Child of Liberia’s intervention to rescue Ebola-affected people and provide urgent humanitarian assistance to sustain the families.
The families, he said, are part of the more than 400 beneficiaries to whom the organization provides humanitarian support in Monrovia.
Responding, Ms. Moore and Ms. Kiawu thanked the Ambassador and SCL for their visit, and said the affected families need financial and material assistance to send the children back to school. Mr. Bull pledged that Street Child is working towards that.
The British Embassy recently contributed US$13,000 to Street Child of Liberia as its contribution towards SCL’s intervention programs in the country.
SCL has over 400 children in its program and has been in the frontline to rescue Ebola survivors, providing them emergency food, clothes and grants to sustain them.