YMCA Wages Intense Ebola Fight in West Point

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The YMCA continues its fight against the deadly Ebola virus in West Point with the recruitment and temporary employment of forty residents every week to clean all the township’s seven communities.

The 40 volunteers, under the scheme, Food for Work (FFW) receive a 25k bag of rice, a gallon of cooking oil, half dozen tins of sardines and 50 pieces of Vital Cube at the end of the week.  A new team of 40 volunteers is hired each week.

The uninterrupted cleaning campaign which began in October 2014, is one of YMCA’s initiatives to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The project, titled: Saving Lives and Restoring Livelihoods in West Point,’ was awarded by Y Care International and funded by Comic Relief, UK.

The program, which is to be implemented for six months, is in its 18th week.

The Coordinator of the Project, Jerry Paye, told the Daily Observer yesterday that the total value of the project is an equivalent of US$181,706.00 and a total number of 6,068 direct beneficiaries will be impacted.

 Mr. Paye said the project is a way in which the YMCA can help the Liberian government fight the pandemic and address the economic impact on the community.

According to Mr. Paye, about 960 persons will benefit monthly from the Food For Work (FFW) subproject with the temporary employment of 40 persons weekly and their possible estimated beneficiaries of six persons.

Besides the FFW scheme, the Liberian YMCA also trained and deployed 24 peer educators on the Ebola preventive measures.  Each peer educator is expected to reach out to 50 persons a week.

He stated that during their outreach, leaflets and posters about the prevention against the virus are distributed and posted on houses, shops and other places.

The Coordinator indicated that in order to address the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak in West Point, there has been food support to single mothers, sick and disabled persons, Ebola survivors and those distributions will continue to the end of March. 

 He further said the Liberian YMCA provides financial support to the West Point Township Commissioner for coordinating meetings. In collaboration with the Commissioner, the YMCA has repaired two latrines and the third one is still undergoing renovation.

“Additionally, we also give 37 bags of rice monthly to the management and staff of the Star of the Sea Clinic in West Point,” Mr. Paye said.

He said about 175 persons, including marketers and Ebola survivors, are expected to receive US$150 as a package to restore their lives.

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