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Religious Council grants scholarships to Ebola orphans

Patrick Flomo

( 3, 2015)-The Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL) has provided over 15 scholarships for Ebola-affected children in Gbarnga, Bong County.

IRCL provided the scholarships, in partnership with the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The scholarship Beneficiaries were drawn from the LPMC, Chief Compound, and Barwor Quarter communities in the provincial city of Gbarnga.

IRCL National Coordinator, Anthony Bamba, said the initiative is part of efforts by the Council to reach out to children made orphans by the Ebola Virus Disease.

Bamba said: “The Council has also given over US$700.00 to the children’s guardians to prepare them for the 2015/2016 school year to resume September 7.”

The IRCL National Coordinator also said the Council has built a network for beneficiaries to report cases of sexual exploitation and abuse, among other violent acts against them.

He noted: “With financial support from our Japanese counterparts, the scholarship program will sponsor the beneficiaries’ education until they graduate from high school.”

The IRCL official lauded the Bong County Christian Association for its level of cooperation demonstrated in ensuring the Council smoothly operates in the country.

“The Council is seeking additional support to enable it extend the scholarships to Bomi, Gbarpolu, Nimba, Lofa and Montserrado counties to ensure that other Ebola orphans in those areas remain in school,” he further noted.

Meanwhile, the Ebola orphans and guardians commended the organization for the scholarships and promised to make the maximum use of the opportunity.

At the same time, Ebola survivors have again reiterated that they are not harmful people as perceived by many in society.
The National Coordinator of the Ebola Survivors Network, Meekie Glayweon, said Liberians should see the survivors as people who can be of “great service” to the health sector.

Madam Glayweon said: “When Ebola survivors should be seen in such context, because they cannot be infected again, making them useful in treating people who come down with the Ebola disease.”

Madam Glayweon made the call Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at programs marking the launch of photo voices of Ebola Survivors, at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Center in Sinkor, suburb of Monrovia.

The Ebola Survivors photo voices is intended to afford survivors the opportunity to explain their problems with attached pictures.


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