Providing support to children whose parents have died due to the Ebola outbreak in the country should claim the attention of humanitarian organizations, Mr. Michael John Bull, program director of Street Child of Liberia, SCOL, has said.
Bull told newsmen yesterday in Monrovia that his organization is concerned about children who have lost parents to the Ebola virus.
“We have discussed the issue,” Bull said, “and Street Child will trace relatives of children whose parents died as a result of the Ebola virus.
“Our intervention will include providing them counseling to help them cope with what others may say in the community; also we’ll provide them with emergency food as well as grants to such families to help take care of them through a business assistance scheme.”
He said as a child advocate organization, he understands the negative effects on such children, and therefore believes that such intervention is critical to help them.
“What we (SCOL) are doing is to visit communities and collect information on such children and then we can begin to work with family members,” Bull said.
Bull noted that parents who may be suffering from any of the symptoms associated with Ebola should ensure that their children are separated from them.
He said Street Child of Liberia is concerned about the future of such children, particularly as the Ebola virus is causing many deaths in the country.
“As we continue to fight the scourge of Ebola,” Bull said, “we must also protect the most vulnerable members of our family, who are our children.”
He re-echoed the need for parents to educate their children to follow preventive methods in the fight against the Ebola virus.
Street Child of Liberia has reunified more than four hundred street children through education, including nine who participated in the Street Child World Cup in Brazil, last March.