By Antoinette Sendolo
ADRA Network in collaboration with its partners has recently embarked on its Xmas and New Year distribution of assorted items to about six hundred Ebola survivors across Montserrado County.
According to ADRA’s project Coordinator, Madam Hester Curry, the ADRA Network Ebola Xmas and New Year project is intended to identify and help Ebola survivors and others who were badly affected by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
She said the Xmas and New Year project came about when the head of ADRA visited Liberia and saw the need to help Ebola survivors based on the condition and situation they are faced with due to the spread of the disease.
Madam Curry noted that the distribution is not the first involvement of ADRA since the outbreak of the virus in the country and it will not be the last adding that ADRA will remain committed in helping and providing assistance for Ebola survivors in the country.
ADRA project Coordinator, Hester Curry also disclosed that the distribution of the food and non-food items which include; bags of 25kg rice, chloride, chlorine, mattresses among other items by her institution are worth about one hundred and ten United States Dollars.
Speaking on behalf of the Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia, the chairperson of the Association, Patrick Farley, extended thanks to ADRA Network and its partners for the gesture but added that Ebola survivors are faced with several other challenges ranging from discrimination and stigmatization.
He however called on ADRA Network and its partners and other local and international organizations to provide some medicines for Ebola survivors noting, ”We need more medicines because most Ebola survivors leave the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) with different kinds of sicknesses” Mr. Farley of the Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia asserted.
Meanwhile, ADRA’s Country Director Mr. Anthony Zaizay has promised to continue working with Ebola survivors in the country as part of his institution’s Cooperate Social Responsibilities stressing that the fight against the virus is a one that needs the collective efforts of everyone.
Mr. Zaizay described survivors of the deadly Ebola virus heroes and heroines noting that they were not careless with their lives something he encouraged Liberians to do by reporting themselves to the health center whenever they experience any sign of the virus.
ADRA Country Director assured that his institution will give preference to Ebola survivors in terms of employment in order to make them feel accepted. He then encouraged survivors to take advantage of any vacancy at ADRA Liberia noting that vacancy is announced at ADRA Liberia almost every time. ”If we have vacancy here at ADRA and we receive applications from survivors and others with the same qualification we will choose the survivor for the job”. Mr. Zaizay explained.