By Antoinette Sendolo
ADRA-Liberia in collaboration with the Germany Relief Coalition and other partners recently embarked on a six-month ‘Back to School’ distribution for Ebola orphans and survivors in Kakata, Margibi County.
Some of the schools that benefited from the ADRA-Liberia ‘Back to School’ distribution are the Islamic Training School and the Seventh Day Adventist School among other schools in Kakata, Margibi County.
Items distributed by ADRA-Liberia included book bags, dozens of copy books, Geometry sets, pens among other items.
The ADRA ‘Back to School’ project seeks to provide support to Ebola orphans and survivors to enable them get back in school and also help build their hopes as they recover from the Ebola crisis.
The project also aims at creating awareness among affected communities and to increase the number of students returning to school especially children who were directly affected by the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
Speaking during the official launch of the project, ADRA’s Country Director, Mr. Anthony Zayzay, said his organization will provide some hand-washing facilities for schools and also establish health teams in about ten affected communities across Liberia to ensure that students have an environment free of Ebola.
Meanwhile, Mr. Anthony Zayzay has promised to continue working with Ebola survivors in the country as part of his institution’s Corporate Social Responsibilities, stressing that though Liberia is gradually winning the fight against the virus, people still need to adhere to all the necessary Ebola preventive measures given by the Ministry of Health and its partners.
Mr. Zayzay described survivors of the deadly Ebola virus as 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.
Mr. Zayzay urged the beneficiaries to remain in school in order to be the best they can be adding that they are the future leaders and as such they need to focus on their lessons.
Following a pronouncement made by ADRA’s Country Director recently that Ebola survivors will be given first preference during employment, the institution has employed an Ebola survivor, Henry Tony, as one of the key distributors on the ‘Back to School’ project Team.
For his part, Henry Tony an Ebola survivor, called on all Ebola survivors and orphans to take advantage of the opportunity noting that being a survivor is not a mistake but an indication that they have a lot to offer to the society.
He however extended his gratitude to ADRA-Liberia and its partners for the kind gesture stressing that it is timely and significant in ensuring that those directly affected by the virus return to school.