Vice President Joseph N. Boakai
His Church Donates US$1.4m Food, Non-Food Items
MONROVIA, September 9 (LINA) - The international charity, HIS Church, based in Lincolnshire, the United Kingdom, has dispatched three 40-foot containers to Liberia containing food and non-food items to assist indigent communities throughout the country.
The items, estimated at US$1.4 million, are in response to a special appeal made to the charity by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai recently.
HIS Church Charity coordinator Richard Humphrey said the organization was pleased to identify with Liberia at this critical time in the country's history, considering the devastating effect the ongoing Ebola virus has had on the human capacity and infrastructure development initiated by the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf".
According to a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in London, Humphrey said one of the containers is loaded specifically with items to assist communities devastated by the Ebola outbreak.
The items include mattresses, beddings, kitchenware, clothing, sewing machines, high grade Basmati rice, high visibility jackets, handbags, anti-bacteria lotions, among others.
According to the dispatch, he noted that "the food and non-food items are intended to assist residents in quarantined communities with basic needs while helping to contain the spread of the virus and the loss of additional lives."
Also speaking at the loading bay in Lincolnshire, Liberian Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Rudolf von Ballmoos, thanked HIS Church Charity on behalf of the President, government and people of Liberia for the huge consignment donated to Liberia
He said, the unexpected emergence of the Ebola virus at a time when the government is pursuing a protracted transformation agenda following years of civil conflict, has the potential to cause distractions, but assured that the government of President Sirleaf remains committed to eliminating the virus from the country with the support of all friendly governments and international organizations.
The containers are being loaded at the Felixstowe port outside of London and are expected to arrive in Liberia by the end of September.