The Liberia National Red Cross Society or LNRCS with support from the TurkishRed Crescent has provided livelihood and psychosocial assistance to100 children, who lost either one or both parents to the Ebola Virus inMonrovia and its environs.
According to a release, the Red Cross’ support covered food and nonfood items, including rice,argo oil, vita, bath soap, used clothes, football, school bags andmaterials, toothbrush and toothpaste as well as hygiene kits to20 orphanages hosting the affected children.
LNRCS head of office for Montserrado County during the distributionsaid, while Ebola might be gone, it’s devastating impact remains,adding that the children did not only face the grief and fear but alsofaced with being stunned by their communities.
Mr. Jackson Wankah pointed out that the Red Cross is going beyondaddressing the physical needs, and touching the mental and emotionalneeds of the orphans to restore their hopes and build their resiliencethrough psychosocial counselling as well.
The Liberian Red Cross in 2015 provided nutritional support to 75 orphans inMargibiCounty, but Mr. Wankan noted that lot more of the affected children are still in need of help when he spoke in Chicken Soup Factory on Fridayto start the Red Cross’ distribution of food and non-food items.
He added that as a foremost humanitarian responder, the Red Crossremains committed to increase and expand support to the recovery andreintegration of orphans and vulnerable children with dignity andrenew hope as they return into their respective communities.
In another development, the Liberian Red Cross with support from theInternational Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent recentlycontinued the distribution of relief materials to flood victims in lower Margibi.
An unprecedented flood in July this affected over 15 000 residents. Food and non-food items donated include rice, used clothes, tarpaulin,shower slippers, bath towel, toothbrush, bath and laundry soap,toothpaste and drinking water to 96 family heads. Press release