Amb. Endee Donates to Swagamore Families

Staff Report

Liberia’s Cultural Ambassador, Queen Ma Massa Juli Emdee has donated several bags of rice, oil and other assorted food items as well as soft drinks to families in the Swagamore community, who were recently quarantined under the MOH 21-day “voluntary precautionary observation”. The cost of the items is put at over three thousand United States. Additionally, Amb. Endee also presented US$500.00 to the families and US$ to the Community leadership. The gesture was made on Friday, April 22 during the graduation of persons who have been under 21 days of observation.  The graduation ceremony and the donation were held at the Swagamore Community on the SKD Blvd.

Amb. Endee said she was happy to identify with the families who have complied with all the of the Ministry of Health anti-Ebola regulations including taking the vaccine which was administered by the Liberia-US clinical research partnership, PREVAIL. Amb. Endee urged the graduates and community leaders to remain united in the fight against Ebola. She warned the various communities where health workers and other close contacts and contacts of contacts were under similar observation against stigmatization. The Liberian cultural Amb. Who heads up the Community Engagement pillar of PREVAIL’s Social Mobilization and Communications team, said the gesture was her personal initiative intended to provide temporary relief to the needy.

During her recent visit to the Swagamore Community during the Community engagement exercise with PREVAIL, Amb. Endee donated and food items, water and US$200.00 to the family and promised to entertain the group on their graduation day. Receiving the items and money for onward transmission to the community and the quarantined household, a senior member of the Ministry of Health’s Social mobilization team, Precious George expressed happiness that the Ambassador has continued to care for people in need.

Precious urged the residents and the community not to forget their hygiene measures that will guard against Ebola. She congratulated the residents for complying fully with the MOH regulations during the 21 days of observation. She wants them to serve as ambassadors of public health to defeat Ebola.

The chairman of the Swagamore Community, Col Peter Ciapha of BIN expressed appreciation to Ambassador Endee for the gesture. He also thanked the MOH and PREVAIL for their efforts in kicking out Ebola and members of his community for their support during the 21 days. The residents expressed great sentiments to Ambassador Endee for the donation. They also thanked her for fulfilling their request to entertain them during their graduation.