One hundred and ten children who have lost both parents to the Ebola Virus Disease, (EVD), received rice and other material support yesterday from Street Child of Liberia, (SCOL) in Dolo Town, Lower Margibi County.
The children, from 33 families, are registered under the Street Child of Liberia’s Ebola Orphan Project, with field assistance from local advocacy group, Caring for the Hopeless International of Dolo Town.
The children received bags of 25kgs rice, mattresses, argo oil, salt, Maggie cubes and buckets with other essentials based on the number of children in each of the thirty three families.
Speaking during the delivery at the Dolo Town Administration building, SCOL’s project’s Program Coordinator Kaba Y. Moore told the caretakers that it is the organization’s way of identifying with the children.
“We’re providing these basic items to you to take care of these unfortunate children,” Moore told their caretakers and guardians, “and we want to assure you that Street Child of Liberia will be with you.”
He said Street Child of Liberia’s interest is in the future of the children since they lost both parents to a disease that does not discriminate on its victims.
“Street Child cares about these children,” Moore told them, “we’ll keep our eyes on how well you care for them.”
He said: “Street Child has a follow-up program that provides business grants to you the caretakers to be able to continue support for the children.”
He appealed to guardians and caretakers to be considerate of the children under their care, as the advocacy group would work to ensure that at the appropriate time, they would be in school.
On behalf of the recipients, Dolo Town administrator, Hon. Fred O. Johnson expressed appreciation to the wonderful initiative of Street Child of Liberia, and urged Liberian government’s support to rescue children whose parents died of the virus.
The local group Caring for the Hopeless International has completed a documentary on the infection, prevention and control of the Ebola Virus Disease, and its effects on the residents of Dolo Town, according to its director Emmanuel Russ Williams.
Street Child of Liberia continues with delivery of similar interventions to its registered orphans whose parents died of Ebola Virus Disease in other areas, including Buchannan, Monrovia, Tubmanburg, Kakata, and VOA outside Monrovia.
Through Street Child UK, Street Child of Liberia has reunited more than 400 street children with their families and guardians and placed them in the various schools of their choice, and before the last World Cup in Brazil last March, took nine Liberian boys to participate in the Street Child World Cup.