In obedience to the Holy Book the Bible, which speaks of being thy brother’s keeper and lending a helping hand to the less fortunate and afflicted, the Episcopal Church of Liberia has distributed several food and non-food materials to Ebola survivors and victims in lower Margibi County.
The Episcopal Church donation exercise was done in collaboration with the US-based Episcopal Relief and Development and the United Society, a Norwegian-based humanitarian organization.
The distribution was carried out last Thursday to Ebola survivals and victims in Dolo Town, Lower Margibi.
Dolo Town, it may be recalled, was recently quarantined for about a month after several individuals contracted the deadly Ebola Virus disease (EVD) and several others were showing signs and symptoms of the disease.
During the course of the quarantine, several residents complained of the shortage of food and other necessities, which was primarily because people could not travel in or out of the area.
Government later lifted the quarantine, but residents were still facing the effects of the restriction exercise.
Rev. Fr. Victor M. King, who led the Episcopal team to the town, said, “This is why [our church] has come to intervene. We want to help the survivors and victims with the little we have, so that they may start their lives over after such a tense period, during which the people were quarantined.”
The items distributed by the Church included, Argo Oil, Rice, soap, Clorox, sardine, buckets as well as flyers to educate them on the prevention of the disease.
Rev. Fr. King, who spoke on behalf of the head of the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia, Most Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart, who is also archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa, said the exercise was intended to buttress the effort of government in its Ebola fight in the country.
Rev. King told the gathering that the Episcopal Church is deeply concerned about the Ebola situation in the country, and as such, ECL is ready to go beyond the border to help rescue people who have being affected by the disease.
According to him, “the Episcopal Churches does not wait for people to die before extending a helping hand to them, but they are there to help at all times.”
Rev. Fr. King, who is also the Archdeacon of the South-Western Liberia, told the survivors and victims that all is not lost. “You can count your blessing and name them one by one, because people that went there did not make it, but for you, you made it and you have the reason to tell God “Thank you.”
Moreover, Fr. King urged the survivors and victims to worship God because it was He that saved their lifes.
For her part, the program coordinator of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, Madam Agnes Wilson Perkins, told the victims and survivors that the church was not only donating food but they are also engaged in creating an awareness on the prevention of the disease.
Madam Perkins narrated that the mission of the Episcopal Church is to travel in the fifteen counties to distribute food and non-food items to Ebola survivors and victims.
According to her, the disease is now a common enemy in Liberia and as a church, they are not only preaching about Ebola trough sermons but also preaching about the disease through the development of the human mind.
The Episcopal Church of Liberia program coordinator put the total cost of the items at US$20,000 which will cover Cape Mount, Bomi and River Cess, among others.
Meanwhile, Ebola survivors and victims of Dolo Town used the occasion to thank the Episcopal Church of Liberia and its partners for the gesture.
In a related development, the Episcopal Church of Liberia has started a two-week intensive free nutritional meal program for Ebola patients at the Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia.