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Red Cross Reaches Out To 100 Ebola Orphans
MONROVIA, September 19 (LINA) - The Liberia National Red Cross Society with support from the Turkish Red Crescent has provided livelihood and psychosocial assistance to 100 children who lost either or both parents to the Ebola Virus in Monrovia and its environs.
The support covered food and non-food items, including rice, oil, bath soap, used cloth, football, school bags and materials, tooth brush and toothpaste as well as hygiene kits to 20 orphanages hosting the affected children.
The Red Cross head of office for Montserrado during the distribution said while Ebola might be gone, it’s devastating impact remains, adding that the children did not only face grief and fear but also faced being stunned by their communities.
Mr. Jackson Wankah pointed out that the Red Cross is going beyond addressing the physical needs, and touching the mental and emotional needs of the orphans to restore their hopes and build their resilience through Psychosocial Counselling as well.
The Liberian Red Cross in 2015 supported 75 orphans in Nutrition in Margibi County, but Mr. Wankan noted that lot more of the affected children are still in need of help.
The Red Cross distribution kicked off in Chicken Soup Factory at the weekend, according to a release issued Monday.
In another development, the Liberian Red Cross with support from the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent recently continued the distribution of relief materials to flood victims from in lower Margibi County.
Flood in July affected more than 15,000 people, leading the Red Cross as a key humanitarian responder to provide relief and recovery materials to help the affected people to rebuild their lives with dignity.
Food and non-food items donated include rice, used clothes, tarpaulin, shower slippers, bath towel, tooth brush, bathing and laundry soap, toothpaste and drinking water to 96 family heads.