Two local non-governmental organizations, Compassion Fund International-Liberia Program /Security Watch for Children in Care on Friday, September 12, 2014, donated items worth over USD $ 5,000.00 to the National Task Force in addition to its initial contributions made to help in the fight against the Ebola Virus in the country. Speaking to pressmen after the presentation ceremony held at the GSA Compound on UN-Drive in Monrovia, a member of the international chapter (Compassion Fund International), Hon. Patrick TarnueWorzie, said that it is his organization’s initiative to assisting the government in the fight to kick the virus out of the country. The donation made included 25 medical mattresses and 500 sacks of water.
Hon. Worzie, who is also the local chapter Chairman (Compassion Fund Liberia) enumerated scores of previous assistance rendered to Ebola affected communities and health centers putting the total cost at over USD $ 15, 000. 00; since its operation began to this fight, noting that this amount accounts for contributions made by collaborating partners including, Compassion Fund International, as the major funder; the Security Watch for Children in Care, headed by the former Police Director, MunnahSieh, the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation(NASSCORP) .
The local chapter chairman asserted that his organization work on Ebola started in Lofa with support by NASSCORP where it is working closely with the traditional leaders in the county on their role on Ebola prevention. With the level of work been done by citizens, GOL and partners, the Chairmen believes that there is a bit of improvement especially in Lofa on case load due to the level low cases currently being reported; compare with the early period as he quoted statistics.
Speaking further, the Executive Director for Compassion Liberia, Mr. Alex Gborlee intoned that beginning Monday, September 14, 2014, his organization will begin working with those health worker identified by Ministry of Health to distribute food to various quarantined and health centers especially in Montserrado. He named the food and none food items as butter, wheat, bread, rice, milk, sugar, water, cholera, etc.
Continuing on his organization work Mr. Gborlee said, Compassion Fund Liberia is working with children that come in contact and conflict with the law and are venerable and; need assistance and also caters to venerable women and youth that need assistance. It focus areas he pointed are health, education, agriculture and protection.
Currently the Executive Director averred, his NGO is working in five counties (Nimba, Lofa, Margibi, Bomi and Rural Montserrado) and is implementing a project on legal intervention sponsored by OSIWA and, an agricultural project (Cassava production), sponsored by its headquarters based in Philadelphia, USA.
For his part, the National President of the NCA and Legal Counsel of Compassion Fund Liberia, Atty. J. Allison Barco described the gesture by Compassion Fund Liberia as a motivating role for other organizations and economic resourced persons to join the government in combating the disease.
Atty. Barco used the medium to thank the government and international partners on effort thus far but called on every meaningful Liberian and philanthropic organizations to emulate the good examples of donating and helping the Task Force to fight this national health crisis.