As Liberians continue to seek intervention in the fight against the deadly outbreak of the EBOLA virus in Africa, several local and international non-governmental organizations have begun the distribution of sanitizing-related materials in less-privileged communities aimed at buttressing national efforts to combat the killer disease.
One of such local non-governmental organizations is the Changing Lives International Ministries (CLIM), a non-for-profit Christian based institution which has been catering for under privileged Liberians in some quarters of Monrovia over the past seven years.
Over the weekend, officials of the CLIM headed by its local coordinator, Martin L. Fleming, visited the Royal Community situated in the township of Duazon along the Robertsfield Highway where several sanitizing materials including buckets, chlorides and tie soaps were presented to elderly and under privileged women.
According to Mr. Fleming, the materials are part of CLIM’s initial effort in helping community dwellers combat the killer EBOLA virus. He acknowledged that 75% of the death from the EBOLA virus are said to be women and as such it is important to identify with the mothers because of their caring role. He admonished the women to use the materials as a means of preventing themselves and their household stressing that EBOLA is a deadly killer disease.
“Do not use the buckets for drinking water, neither the tile-soap, chloride for washing your clothes or dishes. These are materials that will help you combat the deadly EBOLA virus by watching your hands every minute and second,” Mr. Fleming warned.
The CLIM Executive further stated that the presentation targets over a hundred and fifty family heads, but quickly noted that a larger portion of their gesture will focus on under-privileged elderly women. He used the occasion to sensitize women of the Royal Community to avoid touching gravely sick people as well as a person who is perceived to have died from Ebola.
Mr. Fleming also extended special thanks to their partner Grace Lutheran Church Sturgis in Southern Diakoda, USA, who he said has been very instrumental in making the items available.
Welcoming the gesture, Mr. Varney Wellah, on behalf of the community’s leadership lauded the CLIM for identifying with their community. Mr. Wellah indicated that the presentation was timely because according to him most of the women could not afford to buy the items. He said while it is true that the EBOLA awareness is on several radio stations it is also prudent for such donations to focus on the less privileged communities and women in particular.
Changing Lives International Ministries is a local and international NGO in the drive to buttress government’s efforts and contribute to the process of nation building. Already, CLIM has constructed a 7-room building in the Royal community intended to be used as an elementary school. The idea to erect an elementary school in that community was driven from a survey showing that hundreds of children who are of school going age have less fortunate opportunities to acquire primary education.