The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has donated over US$ 7,000 worth of assorted items to at least 28 Ebola orphans as a way of celebrating the Christmas with them and giving hope to Ebola orphans in Liberia.
The items, including 22 bags of rice, clothes and cooking oil were last Friday delivered to the orphans who are between the ages of 4 months and 17 years, residing in the Airfield community.
The Country Director of OSIWA, Massa Crayton, said the donation is not only a part of her organization’s efforts to restore hope to children who are affected by the epidemic but that survivors, mainly orphans, should be well taken care of and embraced in the society because they are heroes of the Ebola crisis.
“This donation is to help our children smile and feel the spirit of Christmas like they had in other times with their parents,” the OSIWA boss said.
She disclosed that OSIWA plans to provide packages for survivors, especially when schools resume adding that there will be measures put in place to give extra care to the orphans.
Narrating his story at the ceremony was Ebola survivor Ishmael Nuah: “I am Ishmael Nuah, 10 years old. I got infected by Ebola when I visited my aunty in Red Hill Field community. My aunty got sick and died. I was later taken to the Ebola center for treatment and God healed me. I want to be a medical doctor to help sick children, too.”
Also speaking, Mr. Uriah Kear, a representative of the Ministry of Health said the government remains committed and will support the survivors and orphans.
He called on non-government organizations to follow in the footsteps of OSIWA, helping to provide support for Ebola survivors.
The president of the Ebola Survivors Association (ESA), Mr. Korlia Bunarwolo, thanked OSIWA for the gift items and its continued support, describing organization as an example of a real humanitarian foundation.