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Don Bosco to ‘rescue’ Ebola orphans

OCTOBER 1, 2014 By Victoria Saffa

Director of Don Bosco Fambul, Brother Lothar Wagner, has disclosed that the organization would work in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs to take care of children who have been orphaned by the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country.

Thousands of children have been made orphans by the outbreak, with many struggling to cope with the psychological, social and economic encumbrance.

Wagner, however, said the Catholic charity would provide temporal shelter for children aged 6-17, who survive or are orphaned by the Ebola disease.

He was speaking yesterday at a press conference held at their Fort Street office where he dilated on their activities since the outbreak of the epidemic, including the introduction of a 116 cell line that is used for emergency and distressed calls by children nationwide.

He disclosed that the organization, which has been providing child protection care for the past 30 years, was prepared to house children that are devastated by the outbreak.

He said they would provide housing, food, counselling and stress therapy to the children, noting that they have also provided 20 mobile hand washing basins and chlorine and soap to the Ministry of Social Welfare for distribution in quarantined communities.

While making a statement, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai, thanked Don Bosco Fambul for their relentless support to his ministry before and during the Ebola outbreak.

Alhaji Kaikai said Don Bosco has provided a sixty bed facility, food and shelter for Ebola child survivors, and that they have also elected to serve as a temporary centre for Ebola survivors.

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