Citizens of Lofa County residing in the United States have expressed empathy for flood victims in Foya District, Lofa County by donating cash to help them reconstruct their homes.
The U.S. based-Lofaians under the umbrella, the Federation of Lofa Associations in the Americas (FLAA) made the gesture through their treasurer, Ms. Esther Gwilly on Wednesday during a visit to the County Legislative Caucus on Capitol Hill.
Ms Gwilly informed Lofa County lawmakers that FLAA is concerned about their kinsmen and the county as well as Liberia, and is therefore pleased to donate US$1,500 to help victims to recover.
She said it was FLAA’s second donation with the previous donation of US$1,500 made to Samaritan’s Purse to help kick the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) from the county and US$500 to the Global Health International for hygienic items.
The chairman of the Lofa County Legislative Caucus, Rep. Moses Y. Kollie thanked Madam Gwilly, and FLAA for the gesture and said though the US$1,500 might be little, it has the value of millions of dollars.
He said besides the flood, the county has suffered another disaster, again in Foya Statutory District, where a heavy rainstorm has destroyed more than 200 houses, including several schools in the district.
He indicated that the Caucus would continue to cooperate with all Lofa associations in the Diasporas including FLAA.
The county electoral Districts #s1, 2, 3 & 4 Representatives in separate remarks also thanked FLAA for the donation, stressing that “Little is much when God is in it, and that it was welcomed.”
It may be recalled that Rep. Fofana submitted for enactment a bill entitled, “An act to establish the National Disaster Management Agency.”
The draft law intends to create an independent institution that will manage disasters, including wars, epidemics, landslides, floods, fire, sea erosion, windstorms, and rainstorms.
“The numerous occurrences of natural disasters in Africa and the increased frequency and magnitude of hazards such as floods and sea erosion in Liberia, have given the impetus for a National Disaster Risk Management Policy for Liberia,” Rep. Fofana’s letter said.