At least thirty children out of 174 made orphans by the deadly Ebola virus, registered with Street Child of Liberia, (SCoL), are expected to receive material support today, according to its program director, Michael John Bull.
The total cost of the support and intervention, he said, “is around U$18-20,000.00.” The money is provided by Street Child UK, its mother organization.
Bull told the Daily Observer last Saturday that the distribution will include mattresses, toys, clothes, footwear, rice and argo oil.
“This is the first intervention since their situation is dire,” he said, “which benefits the first 30 children out of the 174 on our data base.”
He said the distribution is being done in quotas. “Today’s distribution is the first quota for the first 30 children,” he said.
In the coming weeks, Bull said another quota to benefit another 30 children will be distributed to complete the total number of 174 children.
At the same time, he said, eighteen field officers would identify and recommend additional children who lost both parents as a result of the Ebola scourge.
“We are targeting 250 children or more,” he said, “’because after such a disaster, children need urgent attention.” He explained that the second intervention by Street Child would be to sustain what has been provided.
“Close relatives of the affected children would be identified and provided with a means to provide for the children,” he said.
He noted that the means would be in a form of a grant for a business that could be utilized to be able to provide additional support to the children.
Bull said SCoL would begin distributions to beneficiaries in West Point, Banjor, Bassa Town, and later Buchanan in Grand Bassa County.
He explained that in a situation where a close relative could not be identified, a caregiver in the community would be charged with the responsibility to assist.
To ensure that such affected children benefit from the program, three-sets of assessment forms are developed for field workers to collect information on both the children, relatives and possible caregivers that will help SCoL improve on its intervention and support programs in Liberia.
Street Child of Liberia, a child advocacy group, is the first to take nine Liberian boys to participate in the second edition of Street Child World in Brazil. It caters and has reunited more than 400 kids from the streets in Monrovia and Buchanan.