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Ebola survivors receive US$150 monthly stipends

Ebola survivorEbola survivors in Bong County, central Liberia have commended UNICEF and Helping Hand Liberia for providing them monthly stipends.

Since March this year, UNICEF through its local implementing partner, Helping Hand Liberia, has provided US$150 monthly to 400 survivors in Bong, Lofa and Margibi counties, respectively.

The money is intended to assist the survivors engage in small businesses to make ends meet.

Speaking to The NewDawn Bong County correspondent when they assembled at the office of Helping Hand Liberia in Gbarnga to receive their monthly stipends, the survivors expressed gratitude to UNICEF and its local partner.

They said the money is helping them to rebuild their lives by venturing into business.

Helping Hand executive director, Saye Lekpeyee Tiah, said the program is also sensitizing community members to stop discriminating against Ebola survivors.

Tiah believes the assistance will help survivors repair their lives after being seriously affected by the virus, adding that despite the challenges, he will ensure that the Ebola survivors are given attention by lobbying with philanthropic groups for assistance.

Tiah said all 400 survivors from the three counties are receiving the same amount of money, and praised UNICEF for the support. Over 3,000 survivors are across Liberia, including women and children.

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