The Rotary Club of Sinkor (RCS) in partnership with Horten Rotary Club of Norway last Thursday provided cash assistance to 12 female Ebola survivors to help them establish businesses.
Each of the beneficiaries received US$100.
Mr. Augustus J. Flomo, head of RCS Public Relations, said the cash is intended to help the survivors re-establish their lives, adding, “There is no better way to do this than to start a petty business that they could grow in the long term.”
“We want them to do their own businesses. This is why we decided to provide this little cash for them to start,” he said.
“They lost everything because of the nature of the disease. Some of them lost their entire families and their stories are so heartbreaking, and we felt that we could not let them go just like that without any assistance.”
He disclosed further that throughout the Ebola crisis, the organization provided psychosocial counselling, prevention and education to the beneficiaries.
“We have been working with them for a period of time now and we know that they are truly in need of assistance,” he added.
He hoped that the beneficiaries would make good use of the cash to help them back on their feet.
“Their stories have always broken my heart. I shed tears whenever I hear each one of them explain their ordeal. It is so painful. I pray that God will take them through.”
Making the presentation, District Governor of the Rotary District 9101, Marie-Irene Richmond Ahoua, thanked the government and its partners for collaborating to eradicate the virus in Liberia.
DG Ahoua urged the beneficiaries to make use of the funds to better their lives.
Mr. Kollie Bundo, president of the Ebola Survivors Association, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, lauded RCS and its partner for the gesture.
Mr. Bundo promised that the beneficiaries will use the cash wisely to help them rebuild their lives.