President Sirleaf poses with UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador, Orlando Bloom
Pres. Sirleaf Lauds UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
MONROVIA, March 20 (LINA) -President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, Orlando Bloom, for rallying international support aimed at addressing the needs of the world’s children.
According to an Executive Mansion press release, the Liberian leader made the commendation at her office in Monrovia Thursday when Ambassador Bloom accompanied by UNICEF Country Representative Sheldon Yett paid a courtesy call on her.
She praised UNICEF’s role in the fight against Ebola and its partnership in the cash transfer program being implemented by the Ministry of Gender,Children and Social Protection.
President Sirleaf acknowledged the spirit of volunteerism and resilience of the young people who demonstrated leadership, empowerment and ownership to significantly reverse the trend amid the outbreak.
The Liberian leader intimated the pivotal role of surveillance in proportion to contract tracing that became a game-changer in the combat against the Ebola virus disease in the country.
She praised the efforts of churches, faith-based institutions, doctors, nurses, the technical teams as well as everybody who rose to the occasion in the midst of the epidemic.
President Sirleaf said it was important to recognize and support those that are making every effort to pull themselves out of particularly challenging circumstances.
She then pinned Mr. Bloom with a Brussels Airlines-inspired badge with the inscription: “Africa Is Not Ebola” and prevailed on him to continue to serve humanity.
Earlier, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador thanked President Sirleaf and her government for leading the effort in bringing communities together to do so well for their country.
Mr. Bloom noted that there is a difference between a war situation and the Ebola outbreak. He said in war, you can see your enemy unlike Ebola.
He said Liberians have indeed made remarkable progress and saw the visit as an opportunity to convey to the international community the need for support to keep blazing the trail.
Mr. Bloom’s visit took him to Grand Cape Mount and Bomi counties as well as the Township of West Point.
Speaking to locals, Bloom said his field visits to Bomi County brought him in contact with a lady who is a beneficiary of the cash transfer program and is currently engaged in the sale of charcoal and has managed to acquire a plot of land.
He noted that these kinds of interventions give hope and help to de-stigmatize people.
Mr. Bloom, however, praised the courage of young girls in the Township of West Point who have become the torchbearers of inspiration and a sense of belonging.
For his part, the UNICEF Country Representative to Liberia, Mr. Sheldon Yett, informed the President Sirleaf that the Goodwill Ambassador’s visit to Liberia was to see the incredible work government is doing in the fight against Ebola through social mobilization, community ownership and leadership structures.