The Liberia Young Women Initiatives (LYWI) over the weekend launched what they termed the “Trash Ebola Project.”
LYWI is a group organized to respond to various issues across the country, including female protection and development, health care, counseling, getting children off the streets and dealing with sanitation problems.
According to the group’s executive director Madam Catherine D. Nyenawo, the Trash Ebola campaign is intended ‘to rescue and save humanity from Ebola.’
She noted, “If young Liberian women had never been in the frontline of making positive change in the country, now is the time that they must take the bull by the horn and make every positive effort to uphold the pride of the state.”
Speaking over the weekend during the launch of the campaign at the United Methodist Church compound at 13th in Street Sinkor, Monrovia, Madam Nyenawo called on young people across the country to work hard to ensure that Liberia is safe from the deadly disease that has claimed many lives and ravaged families and the entire nation.
She clarified that LYWI was not established to fight against Ebola but rather against ills in society, particularly those meted out against women and children. Securing a brighter future for young Liberian women remains cardinal in this difficult period, she asserted.
“We joined the fight against Ebola since the inception of the outbreak in the country, and we are proud of being a part of this effort.
“Prior to the launch of the ‘Trash Ebola Project,’ the women have traveled throughout Liberia engaging quarantined communities, made contributions and offered encouragement through counseling.
“We need over US$15,000 for what we have started. We have spent a little over US$5,000 in different communities in this Ebola fight,” Madam Nyenawo stated.
Alfalit representative George S. Stewart, Jr. commended the young women for their initiatives, pledging his organization’s commitment to partner with them in whatever way his organization can support their efforts.
For her part, the executive director of the Special Emergency Activity to Restore Children’s Hope (SEARCH), Madam Sundah G. Wilson, lauded the group for “taking a bold step in combating Ebola and other vices in the country.” SEARCH is a local non-governmental organization (NGO) catering to the needs of children.
Madam Wilson on behalf of SEARCH, donated five buckets of Chlorox, five cartons of tide soap and a carton of sanitary pads for the young women to distribute in the various communities they visit.