By Antoinette Sendolo
The Center for Liberian Assistance (CLA), a Non-governmental Organization has committed itself to the President’s Ebola Must Go Campaign.
According to the Head of the organization, Madam HawaBropleh, her group will continue to help in the fight against the Ebola virus in the country and as part of efforts to contain the virus the Center for Liberian Assistance has embarked on empowering rural women in some parts of the country.
The local NGO which is operating in Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount Counties is empowering rural women through loans and other benefits.
Speaking recently at the Ministry of Information daily Ebola press briefing, the Executive Director for the Center for Liberian Assistance, Madam HawaBropleh, explained that her organization seeks to strengthen the capacities of women and also provide maximum protection for children in the country.
She said, “We noticed that many women find it difficult to make living at this time while the deadly Ebola virus has become the order of the day so we provide small livelihood assistance for women and also create awareness on the prevention of the virus.”
According to Madam Bropleh the primary objective of the Center for Liberian Assistance is to promote child protection, women empowerment and women active engagement in the society.
She noted that the idea of providing loans and other benefits for rural women in the country is to buttress government’s effort in supporting women who live in the rural parts of the country, especially with the Ebola crisis which has stopped normal activities in Liberia.
“We are providing loans for rural women to help them prepare themselves for the reopening of schools and to establish their own business in order to help them sustain their families,” Madam Bropleh added.
She narrated that CLA is also informing rural citizens about the danger of the Ebola virus through a massive awareness campaign, stressing that “people in rural parts of the country need to have more knowledge about the Ebola virus in order for them to stop those traditional practices which contribute to the spread of the virus because there are other people who still doubt the existence of the Ebola virus”.
She pointed out that her organization is working in 12 communities in Montserrado including Soul Clinic and Red light communities among others and two communities in Grand Cape Mount which includes Tewor District and Sinje where her organization built an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) to buttress government’s effort in containing the virus.
Madam Bropleh disclosed that her organization is training over fifty peer Educators to carry out awareness in both Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount Counties.