As part of its Ebola awareness program, a local non-governmental organization, the Restoration of Educational Advancement Program (REAP), in collaboration with Orphan Aid Liberia, has begun identifying with several orphanages in three of the 15 counties
REAP is distributing assorted food and anti-Ebola materials such as disinfectants to over 30 orphanages in Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Margibi counties.
Some of the items included 73 bags of 25-kg rice, chlorox, faucet buckets and other anti-Ebola supplies.
REAP Executive Director, Emmanuel Manneh, presented the first items recently to some orphanages in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
He put the total cost of the donation at one million Liberian Dollars.
According to him, the initiative was intended to adequately inform orphans and disadvantaged children about the danger of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and to enhance preventive measures.
The orphanages that benefited from the gesture in Grand Bassa included TOCAD, Caring for Tomorrow, Disable and Unaccompanied Children Home and God Heritage.
Others were, World Champion and Children’s Village.
“We target orphans and disadvantaged children who are the most vulnerable and at this time in particular, cannot let the be on their own,” Manneh told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday.
He further stated that they would go to Margibi and Montserrado counties to continue the distributing needed supplies.
Prior to the Ebola crisis, he indicated that his organization had been working with less fortunate children to transform them into good citizens who will in future contribute to the reconstruction and development of the country.
He continued: “We are training them to have good behavior and empower them with life-saving skills.”
REAP and Orphan Aid Liberia Ebola team is continuing the distribution in Montserrado and Margibi Counties after covering seven orphanages with nearly two hundred children in Grand Bassa County.
Manneh told our reporter that the orphans expressed heartfelt appreciation for the items they received.
Receiving the items on behalf of the orphanages in Grand Bassa County, Madam Mary Beh also thanked REAP for the gesture and called on other humanitarian organizations to emulate the good example of REAP.
Madam Beh, who is the caretaker of the MODOC orphanage in Buchanan, was overwhelmed: “We appreciate the gesture; we thank God that people are interested in orphanages and orphans,” she declared.