A local organization – Child Welfare Committee or CWC is involved with catering to children made orphans as a result of the deadly Ebola Virus in Liberia, especially in St. Paul Bridge Community, situated in the Monrovia suburb of Bushrod Island.
CWC chairman Mr. Abraham B, Brown, Sr. said with the help of the charity Save The Children International, Ebola orphans and semi- orphans are being taken care off. He said the charity is very helpful in improving the children’s wellbeing as well as sending some of them to school. He disclosed that some of the kids are benefiting from a pending back-to-school program for this academic year.
Mr. Brown disclosed some of children lost both parents to the virus, while others lost one parent, adding that they are all benefitting from the Save The Children’s support. According to him, the assistance includes both food and non-food items such as school materials to keep the children in school.
He recalled that for the past two years after the Ebola outbreak, Save The Children International has been very helpful in strengthening his work in coordination with the Ministry of Health to ensuring the children are in school and their health is taken care off.
The CWC boss said the role of his organization is to monitor the children in the community, check them to see if they are suffering from any sickness, well-cared for and in school. Save the Children did not only give food and non-food items but also conducted training for caretakers, advising them to stop beating the children because beating does not solve problem rather they should handle them with care, he explained.
Mr. Brown added that the orphans are mostly hit by malaria, cold and stomach pain, saying these are the three main things that they really experience. “The orphans are living with their extended relatives, but we monitor them every day to see if their health is okay”, he concluded.
By Ethel A. Tweh