By Victor C. Hanson, Jr.
ExxonMobil a company operating in the country has provided US$162,500 to Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS).
The money is intended to be used towards various programs aimed at supporting Ebola survivors. The funding to the two organizations is a significant step as Liberia moves towards the Ebola recovery program following the dreaded toll of the ravaging disease.
Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity received US$60,000 while US$102,500 was given to LNRCS. Both organizations were instrumental in combating the vicious Ebola virus. The Alpha Phi Alpha erected a 100-bed Ebola unit at the Unity Conference Center outside Monrovia, while LNRCS led the burial of Ebola victims during the peak of the Ebola crisis.
ExxonMobil previously donated US$160,000 to the Liberian Red Cross to carry out its work during the Ebola crisis while yesterday’s donation was the first of its kind to Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Their selection for the ExxonMobil grant according to organizers was the result of a competitive bidding process conducted by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).
“Today, we will be presenting to the Liberian Red Cross and Alpha Phi Alpha a total of US$162,000 for their groundbreaking work towards the eradication of Ebola in Liberia and the continued works they have endeavored to undertake in post-Ebola Liberia, ”Nathaniel Jallah, ExxonMobil’s government relations officer said.
The president of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Dr. Randolph McClain said the donation was a result of an unusual clause among concessions in the ExxonMobil concession with Liberia, which mandates the company to carry out its corporate social responsibilities in coordination with the Ministry of Finance and NOCAL.
Dr. McClain said the grant was intended to provide support to Ebola survivors in the areas of psychosocial counseling and social mobilization against stigmatization and other issues affecting survivors.
Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh said because Ebola survivors now face huge health uncertainty due to the disease, programs aimed at assisting and supporting survivors were important in restoring their health.
For her part, the Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, MadeaWah said grants such as ExxonMobil’s were crucial in funding programs targeting hundreds of Ebola widows and children.
The two recipients of ExxonMobil’s grants expressed gratitude to the company for the donation. Mr. Matthew Kparh of the Red Cross said the humanitarian organization was in need of funds to run its program targeted at the needy nationwide.
Also speaking, the head of Alpha Phi Alpha, Mr. T. Nelson Williams lauded ExxonMobil for the grant adding that the money would enable the fraternity carry on some post-Ebola initiatives.