On the 16th of March 2020, Liberia recorded the first case of the Noble Corona Virus on her shores. Reflecting on the devastating experience of the Ebola Epidemic in 2014, Liberia became one of the first West African Countries to install screening processes at some of her major points of entry to contain the spread of this virus. Sadly, despite all stringent measures, the first case was recorded through the Roberts International Airport; a point citizens believe would have been fortified enough to detect any attempt. With her already limited resources and challenged health system, the country entered a period of emergency. On the 22nd Day of March 2020, the president of the Republic of Liberia declared a state of emergency thereby announcing several health protocols to be followed by the general public. This resulted in a major shift in the life styles of ordinary Liberians who depended on running hand to mouth businesses for survival. Due to the surge in recorded cases, additional measures where installed e.g. a 3 p.m. curfew which posed a great threat to the already vulnerable families who mostly depended on less than dollar per day for survival.
Considering the daring needs at such a critical time, One Heart, as an organization with the primary vision of caring for the most vulnerable through the act of love, launched an initiative to feed ten (10) families in one of Liberia’s slum communities (Old road Chugbor). This initiative was intended to help reduce the financial burden of these families , who the period of restrictions on free movement and public gatherings could had made it difficult to go about their daily hustle routines to provide basic needs for their families.
Gathering resources for this initiative was a bit of a challenge as most people had been given an emergency leave from their various places of work, while most people had used what was available to stockpile giving the havoc that’s associated with the virus. After several weeks of mobilization of resources, the team was able to get the needed items for the cause.
May 30th, 2020 was a tearful afternoon as the team had gone initially to be a blessing to 10 families, but had encountered twice the number. This came as no surprise as the effect of this virus on our already poverty-stricken population cannot be overemphasized. But thankfully, we work out modalities and extended our impact to all who were present.
Items donated by the Leadership included:
- Ten Bags of Rice
- Ten Bottles of Oil
- Two hundred pieces of Cubes (Each Family head 10 pieces).
As a climax of the day, the families expressed profound gratitude to One Heart Organization for the kind gesture and pledged their services if need be. We are grateful to our able team, especially the President who coordinated his team to deliver on this front. One Heart Organization- People Helping People Help Themselves.