OSIWA Donates Assorted Items
By Janjay F. Campbell
As Liberians prepare for the Christmas celebration, the Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) has donated several assorted items and Christmas presents to orphans who have so far survived from the deadly Ebola virus.
Speaking at the donation ceremony at the Ebola Survivors Association office on the Old Road, Madam Massa Crayton of OSIWA stressed that her organization wants to ensure that survivors of the deadly disease be a part of the festive season and that what happened to the orphans should not be termed as a curse but as a blessing.
She mentioned that the children survived from the Ebola virus while many didn’t, hence that was OSIWA’s way of identifying with the survivors with items valued at about US$7,000. Madam Crayton stated further that they are looking forward to the reopening of schools because OSIWA has an educational pack for the orphans.
The Ebola survivors’ coordinator at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Uriah Kear, thanked OSIWA and hopes that other non-governmental agencies would follow the good gesture of OSIWA and that survivors be considered as heroes and heroines in Liberia and must therefore not be ignored or stigmatized in the society.
One of the survivors who beamed with smiles while receiving his Christmas present from Madam Crayton said he was indeed very elated to receive such an indelible Christmas gift. Ishmiel Nuah, 10-year old who is desirous of becoming a Medical Doctor to help sick people tomorrow, wants all schools reopened so that he can continue his academic sojourn.