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“Joining Forces for Children” Identifies With COVID-19 Affected Children in Liberia

A global alliance known as the “Joining Forces for Children” has donated dozens of assorted food items and educational materials to the Government of Liberia(GoL) for affected children of the COVID-19 outbreak and caretakers at the 14 Military Hospitalnear the Edward Binyah Kesselley Barack in Margibi County.

The “Joining Forces for Children” is a global alliance of six organizations working for Children. However, only three of those organizations are in Liberia. They include: Plan International, SOS Children's Villages and Save the Children.

The donated items included different types of food, detergents for hygiene, educational materials, toys among others.

Presenting the assorted materials on the grounds of the General Service Agency (GSA) in Monrovia , SOS Children's Villages National Director, Mr. Augustine A. Allieu, said the purpose of the global alliance organization is to come together to provide support to children during difficult times such as affected children that are undergoing treatment at the COVID-19 treatment unit wherein not much support and focus are given them.

“Joining Forces for Children” is a global alliance of six organizations working for Children. However, only three of those organizations are in Liberia. We have attended the IMF meetings and have found out that there are children who are also helpless at the 14 Military Hospital that need help,” Allieu said.

" We cannot wait because we thought that these children required immediate relief, care and support while authorities are thinking on whether they should be moved to a different place that will separate them from their parents so this is why we are here to present toiletries, food items, education play materials, toys and hygiene kits for the children and their caretakers at the 14 Military Hospital, Allieu stated

The SOS official pointed out that the collaborating initiative is the beginning of more to come.

SOS Children's Village, which has operated in Liberia for over 30 years, before the lockdown, provided assorted food items to over 200 families in Montserrado as the entity’s initial contribution to the fight against the COVID-19.

Also making remarks at the handover ceremony was Plan Liberia International Acting Country Director, Mr. Mohammed FM. Kamal, who assured the children of Liberia that his entity is closely working with the GoL to ensure that the battle against deadly disease is won, noting that Liberia is not along in this fight.

According to him, since the outbreak, his entity has suspended all systemic programs in order to give strong focus to COVID-19 response in the country.

"This is our home and part of our commitment to Liberia and the children of Liberia. We will not leave you alone in this fight,” he assured.

Recounting his entity's contributions to Liberia, he added, saying: "Plan International is working in 77 countries around the world with those underprivileged and under marginalized countries. In Liberia Plan International is working in different counties such as Lofa, Nimba, Margibi, Bomi and Montserrado providing infrastructure development and capacity building."

For his part, Save the Children National Director, Mr.Joseph Yarsiah, in a brief remarks, expressed hope that will strengthen the global alliance contributions to reach beyond Montserrado County.

“Globally, our ambition is in three areas where every child will be able to be protected, love and survive. This is the first but we are trying to get more supplies. Hope to reach beyond Montserrado County," stated The Save the Children Liberia boss.

Receiving the items, Madam Mary T. Broh, the National Coordinator of the COVID-19 Taskforce, on behalf of President George Mannwh Weah, lauded the collaborating INGOS for the kind gesture.

Madam Broh, who is also the v head of GSA, said their contribution was never a surprise as was demonstrated during the 2014 Ebola crisis.

For her part, the Minister of Gender and Social Protection, Madam Wilhemena Saydee-Tarr, also extended thanks and appreciation to the partners.

She assured them that the materials will be used for its intended purpose, noting that the items came at the needed time.

 

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