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Foster families help Ebola orphans on the path to recovery

Little SalomonBy Moses Owen Browne, Jr.       
Little Salomon* is among 100 Ebola orphans that benefited from food and non-items distributed by Plan International Liberia in Montserrado County, Liberia.

It is being a year since little Salomon, a resident of Siafa Town was diagnosed with
Ebola at the Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Monrovia. Salomon’s mother died from Ebola and he was discharged a month later.

Though little Salomon survived the scar of Ebola, he was not born
blind. He met his blindness, unfortunately, when he and his mother were seeking
treatment at the ETU.

Since then, Salomon has developed partial blindness that has affected his two eyes
leaving him with severe medical complications. Moreover, he has suffered stigma from community people and from his father as he was unable to render domestic support.

With a little help from Plan International’s recovery project, Salomon’s has now
been placed in a foster care arrangement. Foster families live with the children and
provide a safe place for them to be cared for.

Foster parents act as parents to the children while they are living with them.
The project has identified and documented 50 foster families and provided food and non-food items benefiting little Salomon.  Plan International is working in
partnership with Defense for Children International (DCI), a local organization in
Liberia.

The families and the children receive constant counseling, psychosocial support and assistance to improve their wellbeing to ease their recovery.

Since the beginning, the initiative has recorded enormous impact on the lives of
children especially orphans, semi orphans and separated children including Ebola
survivors.

“Just like other Ebola orphans supported by the project, little Salomon has improved self-esteem and is in a good mood to start a new life”, reveals psychosocial counselors.

The Plan International team is also conducting door to door awareness, education
and information on Ebola prevention and support to 30-Ebola affected communities.

*Name changed to protect child’s identity

Moses Owen Browne, Jr.
Media & Communications Coordinator
Plan International Liberia
Email: moses.browne@plan-international.org<mailto:moses.browne@plan-international.org>
Cell: +231886493370 / +231770009018 /  +231776859183
Congo Town, Sophie Community Off Tubman Boulevard
Monrovia, Liberia

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