By: Garmonyou Wilson
The Liberian Enterprise Development Finance Company (LEDFC) in collaboration with its parent company, Group Ndoum based in Ghana has distributed relief and clinical materials valued at US$20,000 to some Ebola Treatment Centers (ETUs) and orphans whose parents have died from the deadly virus.
Making the donation at the Eternal Love West Africa-2 (ELWA-2) ETU at the ELWA Hospital, a Senior Manager of LEDFC, William Koon said that the donation is to compliment government and the international community’s efforts in combating the virus that continues to rage an economic and social war in the West African sub-region.
Mr. Koon said that the donation exercise would target 50 orphans from various communities throughout Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount counties. He continued that the Ministry of Health was a major partner in identifying the affected orphans.
A bag of rice, cooking oil, energy biscuits, soft drink, food season, among other food items were distributed to each orphan with a-US$50 purse.
The ETU’s that were selected received PPE’s, disinfectants, etc.
One of the many health workers named person of the year by the American News Magazine, TIME, Dr. Jerry Brown from the ELWA-2 ETU upon receiving the donation expressed his appreciation for the donation and reminded Liberians that the fight against the virus, although has been reduced has not been eradicated.
He further called on Liberians to continue to use the preventive measures so that the country can reach to zero new cases by December 31, 2015.
Also speaking during the donation exercise, Mama Gee, a caretaker of two young boys whose parents died of the deadly virus said that at first she had to deal with stigmatization, but when more Liberians became aware of what Ebola is and where it comes from the community where the boys are presently welcomed them wholeheartedly.
Another woman who now tends to her late sister’s five kids after the sister died of the disease told this paper that she is very grateful for the donation because she and her husband are both unemployed and during last yerar’s Christmas season she did not know how she was going to make ends meet.
LEDFC is a Liberian registered, non-bank financial institution established in 2007 by CHF International in collaboration with Mr. Robert L. Johnson (RLJ) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). On May 20, 2013, LEDFC’s ownership was transferred to Ghana Growth Fund Company, a private equity company.