The Citizens Organized for Transparency and Accountability or COPTA has donated several items worth about US$5,000.00 to the administration of the Eternal Love Winning Africa or ELWA Ebola isolation unit 2 on the Robertsfield highway. COPTA is working to ensure a better Liberia in which leaders can be held accountable to their people in the discharge of their services to the public.
The organization’s donation was made in partnership with several Liberians working with the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Smile Liberia- an International non-governmental organization founded by a group of Liberians in the United Sates to provide educational assistance and smiles to children living in Liberia’s poorest communities.
The donation included rice, sacs of mineral water, comforters, towels, disinfectants, Lucozade, water and Clorox, as well as sugar, among others. Presenting the items last Friday at the ELWA Unit two isolation center, the Project Coordinator of Smile Liberia’s “send them to school” project, Christine Brooks-Jarrett, disclosed that the donation was part of efforts in helping the GOL to battle the deadly Ebola virus.
She said the items, among many others, would help boost the efforts of the Ebola treatment unit with some basic needs, including beddings and clothing for Ebola survivors.
She named those contributing to the fight in the UN Mission in the DR Congo as Daniel Kowah, Sam Jomah, Lorraine Dohr, Celestine Poneys, Joseph Karnwhine, James Kemokai and Cooper Duwana. Others are Sabah Ahmed Sonii, Maxwell Sonii, Vanessa Garmie, Rocardia Jah, Doreen Togba, Winham Harmon, Evangeline Gbesioh and Swen Michael Blamo.
Edgar Guezo, James W. Bedell and Sakui Lawubah also made contributions to the fight against the deadly virus. In a statement emailed from Congo, Mr. Cooper Duwana, Co-Chairman of the Liberian Community in the DR Congo thanked Liberians in the DRC who were concerned and willing to join hands in the fight to eradicate Ebola from their motherland.
“We hope that this donation from our partners will at least help the ETU (Ebola Treatment Unit). We will try our best to ensure that they (Ebola survivors) leave the treatment center well dressed with a smile on their faces, if possible, take them to their homes,” she said. Receiving the donation, the head of the ELWA Ebola Isolation Unit 2, Dr. Jerry Brown thanked COPTA for the donation, describing it as timely for the facility.
“We want to say a big thank you for your donation. What makes us to be more happy is to have Liberians coming together to help other Liberians. We want to say thank you and we look forward to sharing this with other units, “ Dr. Brown said, noting: “We would ask others to see if they have needs for blankets and some of these materials so that we can at least share with them. One thing for sure is that these are things that we don’t dry-clean. So as the number of patients tends to increase that’s just how they are being used.”