In its response, the faith-based organization has embarked on several interventions in River Cess, Bong, and Montserrado Counties. According to the Secretary General of AEL, Rev. James Cooper, the organization in a bid to battle the coronavirus, has put into place mechanism to create awareness about deadly disease.
Cooper disclosed that AEL has engaged several partners to respond to the virus. In River Cess County, specifically in Fehn River District, he said AEL with support from Tear Fund Canada, several farmers were also trained in cash crops production.
He said the organization provided sanitary materials to inhabitants of the district as well. “AEL also reprinted posters approved by the World Health Organization-WHO and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) with messages on the prevention of the virus and how it can be transmitted,” he stated.
The AEL Secretary General said these posters were shared with the communities to ensure that inhabitants are educated on how the virus spread. Cooper explained that through the county health team, staff of AEL were trained and the organization selected 5 persons from the communities that were also trained by AEL.
In Bong County, Cooper indicated that AEL has engaged 52 communities in Zota, Panta and Jor-quelleh Districts with COVID-19 awareness on prevention and symptoms. The AEL Secretary General furthered that the group’s intervention in Montserrado County focused on vulnerable persons through the provision of food and non-food items.
He noted that the organization is contemplating on the provision of safe and clean water to communities in Montserrado County. “Clean and safe water is crucial in the fight against COVID-19,” he added.
Meanwhile, the AEL has embarked on the distribution of food and non-food items targeting 144 vulnerable persons. According to the organization’s Sexual Gender Based Violence Officer, Madam Weedor Watson, Tearfund is the sponsor of the distribution of food and non-food items in 18 communities in Montserrado.
The items were provided by the Association as a way of meeting the nee provided by Association of Evangelicals of Liberia. The items included: rice, oil, beans and sanitary materials to combat COVID- 19.
Madam Watson said the distribution also took into consideration SGBV victims. Besides the provision of the food and non-food items by the organization, she mentioned that they will continue to provide awareness on COVI-19.