As Liberia strives to rebuild every sector of the country badly hit by the deadly Ebola virus, a humanitarian organization has begun to feed the vulnerable community in support of government achieving its transformation agenda.
Serving Humanity with Love Affection, and an Open Mind (SHALOM), is one of the organizations currently engaged in the future of adolescent girls and the good health of citizens.
The group over the weekend conducted its first organic aqua culture harvest in Gborfella in Margibi County. The 20 acre-farm has more than twenty fish ponds, rice farm, livestock and other livelihood farming activities.
Speaking Saturday during the official ceremony of the first harvest, SHALOM Executive Director Madam Pate Chon said “The farm project is intended to cater to four hundred people living with HIV/AIDS and three hundred adolescent girls. The organization is currently providing assistance to prepare for donor drawdown.”
“This organic aqua culture farm of SHALOM will also cater to scholarship beneficiaries of the late Dr. John Dada, a founding member of SHALOM INC who lost his life to the deadly Ebola virus disease,” she added.
The late Dr. John Dada Foundation was established and funds generated are strictly given to SHALOM to manage provided scholarships to Ebola orphans and less fortunate children in the country.
Madam Chon said the farm is capable of providing fresh fish as well as other farming activities including piggery and other agriculture materials to the Liberian public.
“We are anticipating that anyone can come here at the week-end and we can dry our pounds and sell them fresh fish from them” Madam Chon told the gathering.
SHALOM boss further noted that she is anticipating that the farm in two or three years from now will be exporting the Tilapia which is the leading fish being raised by the farm that is locally known as Bukah.
Speaking earlier, the Farm Manager Augustine Moore, described the initiative as in the best interest of contributing to the country`s growth and development.
Mr. Moore noted the soil is the best bank that any country can invest in adding that agriculture is the bedrock of a nation which Liberia is no exception.
The initiative is being supported by several partners including Water Aid Liberia, Mercy Corps and others.
Water Aid Liberia team leader for both Sierra Leone and Liberia, Chuchu Selma, said SHALOM is immensely contributing to Liberia`s recovery process through the work they are doing.
Mr. Selma said Water Aid will remain supportive to SHALOM`s program in restoring the lives of adolescent girls in the water and sanitation and hygiene sector.
For her part, the Country Director of Mercy Corps, Madam Penny Anderson said it is not a surprise that SHALOM can carry out such initiative as Liberians are resilient people in their undertaking.
Madam Anderson made specific reference to the manner in which the people of Liberia collectively worked together in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus out of the country.