Adventist Development Relief Agency ADRA Network in collaboration with the Lathal diason Church has recently embarked on its Xmas and New Year distribution of assorted items to about six hundred Ebola survivors across Montserrado County.
According to ADRA’s project Coordinator Madam Hester Curry, the ADRA Network Ebola Xmas and New Year project is intended to identify with and help Ebola survivors and others who were seriously affected by the outbreak of the deadly virus in the country.
She said the Xmas and New Year project came about when the head of ADRA visited Liberia and saw the need to help Ebola survivors.
Madam Curry asserted that the distribution is not the first involvement of ADRA since the outbreak of the virus and it will not be the last adding that ADRA remains committed to helping and providing assistance to Ebola survivors in the country.
Madam Curry also disclosed that the distribution of the food and non-food items which included bags of 25kg rice, chloride, Cholrine, Mattresses by her institution is worth about US$110K (one hundred and ten thousand United States Dollars).
The Chairperson of Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia, Patrick Farley extended thanks to ADRA Network and its partners for the gesture, but added that Ebola survivors are faced with several other challenges including discrimination and stigmatization.
He also appealed to ADRA Network and its partners and other local and international organizations to provide medicines for Ebola survivors noting that “we need more medicines because most Ebola survivors leave the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) with different kinds of sicknesses.”
ADRA’s Country Director Mr. Anthony Zaizay promised to continue working with Ebola survivors in the country as part of his institution’s Corporate Social Responsibility, stressing that the fight against the virus is one that needs the collective effort of everyone.
Mr. Zaizay described survivors of the deadly Ebola virus as heroes noting that they were not careless with their lives. He encouraged Liberians to report themselves to the health center whenever they experience any signs of the virus.
The ADRA Country Director also assured that his institution will give first preference to Ebola survivors in terms of employment in order to make them feel accepted and he then encouraged survivors to take advantage of any vacancy at ADRA Liberia noting that vacancies are frequently announced at ADRA Liberia.
“If we have vacancy at ADRA and we received applications from survivors and others with the same qualification, we will choose the survivor for the job”. Mr. Zaizay declared.