EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19

by Camp for Peace Liberia
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EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
EMERGENCY APPEAL TO FIGHT COVID 19
Distribution of food to the blind
Distribution of food to the blind

During one of our outreach and working session, a beneficiary of our COVID Relief made this strong statement, "No die, no rest," which means in our local language that as long as you live, there will be a problem. Deepening further to the meaning of this statement, he suggests you should keep your head up and build resilience in the face of challenges and constraints. Narrowing this statement further to the COVID situation means that as long as COVID 19 remains, we must continue fighting it at all costs.

For the past six to seven months, it seems as though COVID 19 has disappeared, but in reality, it is still around. People are still getting sick and dying from this deadly disease, and some people continue to live in denial, pretending that there is nothing like COVID. They perpetuate conspiracy theory that discourages others from being vaccinated.
During the period under review, we carried awareness massively in 86 communities, informing villagers to continue wearing their masks, thoroughly wash their hands and observe the distance, especially people who are not vaccinated. We told them that the COVID 19 was still around and killing people. Out of our outreach and awareness session, 1,200 received our messages regarding COVID 19 and its conspiracy theories that discourage people from taking their vaccines. As a result of our awareness, 250 people were vaccinated. Additionally, over 500 more have agreed to do their vaccines whenever available.

Also, during the period under review, our COVID 19 emergency response team distributed 500 packages of food to vulnerable groups, including the blind, deaf, those with disabilities, and the homeless and vulnerable youths. It is no secret that COVID 19 has dramatically affected the world economy and shattered families. Many are still struggling to settle in their homes even though the COVID 19 pandemic is gradually slowing down.

In the word of one of our partners, "We're glad that we can help vulnerable population settle back into their communities and to have a start-up mean for their families. The consequences of the pandemic require that those who have means of helping to double up their effort and join forces to bring this common enemy to closure and help people return to normalcy" (Julie).

We want to use this medium to thank everyone who contributed to our COVID 19 relief fund, which increased our awareness by reaching out to 86 communities, serving 1,200 people, shifting the mindset of 250 people to take vaccines, and distributing over 500 packages of food to the vulnerable population. Without your contribution, we would never achieve what we achieved. Thank you so much!

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Photo during awareness
Photo during awareness

"If we all abide by the health regulations and advise, we stand very strong in defeating COVID 19 from our community - this must be a collective effort that requires no exemption. You either be for or against" - Moses- One of our influential community leaders made this statement during an outdoor awareness.

During the period under review, we conducted massive awareness about the unweaving surge of COVID 19 in many parts of our region. The awareness was focused on the outbreak and rapid spread of the Omicron Variant. We encouraged community members to continue wearing their masks, wash their hands regularly and adequately, avoid crowded places, stay isolated when sick, and report strange cases to health officials. We went deep down to some of the most unreachable communities where a vehicle cannot reach. Our awareness also emphasized the need for people to take the COVID 19 vaccines. Our team encouraged community dwellers to muster the courage for the vaccines, which is the only safer way of protecting themselves.

Approximately 500 community members participated in our community outreach during the period under review. Most of them promised to take the message to their local communities and educate families and friends on the danger of COVID 19 and how to protect themselves. As a result of our intervention, many community members have begun washing hands, avoiding touching, and promised to do their vaccines whenever it is available.

"We were told that the COVID 19 Vaccines can kill that when a man takes the vaccines, he will not function any longer and that when a woman takes the vaccines, she will not bear children any longer and that when children take the vaccines, their brain will get damaged. Today we are happy that you people came to talk to us and tell us the real truth. Now we know that all the things people have been saying about vaccines are false and misleading. Thank you, people, for these messages" Kubo. A local leader was making these strong revelations regarding the myth of the COVID vaccines. We disproved some of the myths during the period under review, as you heard it. Community people have promised to practice all safety measures and take their vaccines.

Sharing these shacking stories in a zoom meeting with some of our partners, one of them said, "What a shocking moment to hear that people continue in denial of this dangerous infectious disease. I am so grateful that our donation to Camp for Peace Liberia is shifting the tale positively in that part of the world" Valerie.

Awareness session
Awareness session
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"How long with my generation battle with agony? When will we ever have peace of mind and stable life? When will we know that life exists without an emergency? I grew up in civil war and then Ebola, and now it is COVID 19 that is seen as unstoppable" (Yarkpawolo).

Upon hearing about the news of the resurgence of the COVID 19 in Liberia with its Delta variant, the entire nation was in shock, with everyone asking themselves different questions about the next step. The variant rapidly spread throughout the country, thus overwhelming hospitals and taking an aggressive death tour on the local population during the period. World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Embassy declared Liberia a red zone due to the surge of the COVID 19 Variant. The Government of Liberia enforced mandatory health regulations, including the compulsory wearing of masks, washing hands, keeping a safe distance, and keeping away from crowded places. But due to the poverty and ignorance of our society, these regulations were complicated to hold, if not impossible. Before the outbreak of COVID 19, the Liberian health sector was already devastated by the lack of drugs, professionals, health petitioners, and other medical equipment. This new outbreak even made the situation worse. The entire country succumbed to sickness, and everyone began seeking self-medication to keep themselves saved. In addition to this grief surge of the COVID 19 and already devastated Liberia economy went into a coma.

Despite these challenging conditions, we continued providing mass education across the different neighborhoods, asking people to go by the health mandate and listen to the science. We conducted a door-to-door campaign distributing nose masks, handwash budgets, leaflets, asking people to take advantage of the vaccines, etc., to keep themselves safe. Our engagement helped reduce the daily case rate, and people have begun returning to everyday life again.

We would not have achieved these without the support of our partners, so we are grateful for their donations that have kept us safe and working for the betterment of our community.

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The biggest question that has pondered our heads is, "after COVID 19, what next? A lot of comments have poured into this question. The COVID 19 has broken relationships, family, friendships, culture, and tradition. It has caused economic hardship, damage the fabric of educational standards and recreation, and above all, it has left a deep psychological impact on the entire world.

During the period under review, Camp for Peace Liberia conducted a series of smaller sessions with community dwellers to discuss the irreparable factors that COVID has created. In addition, these sessions were seen as a way of preparation for the future consequences of COVID 19.
Our community experienced a significant reduction in COVID cases during the period under review due to our engagement and awareness. We anticipate continuing awareness of the post-COVID challenges and how people can meet the challenges that will come.

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Awareness Raising
Awareness Raising

A common adage in our local tradition says, " a child who says the mother will not sleep let that child also know that they will not sleep. This means to say as long as COVID 19 remains stubborn, we will not get tired.

It is against that traditional philosophy that we continue to battle COVID even as it takes an uphill trend. During the period under review, Camp for Peace Liberia recapitulated its effort in providing education and awareness among local people many of whom still believe that COVID 19 is a myth. We conducted awareness in 12 communities showcasing the realness of COVID and the danger it poses to mankind and humanity. We told participants that the fight against COVID 19 is not an optional choice that anyone can make. Instead, it is a must that everyone should believe in and take the necessary precaution and prevention in eradicating it from the earth. It does not matter where one lives. It is a global battle and can only be defeated through a collective effort and unwavering bullets.

Through our awareness, we were able to break barriers and misconceptions that continually hinder the eradication of COVID 19, making it subversive. A 62 years elder quotes, "why if you have not come from your comfort zone to reach in this jungle with awareness messages, what would happen to us? What would happen to our young generation? We want to be grateful to you and your donors for saving our lives from this deadly disease"unquote.

As a result of our intervention, rural community dwellers have transitioned from being reactive to becoming proactive. They are now washing their hands regularly. They have stopped shaking hands and unnecessary touch, practicing social distancing, and observing signs and symptoms of COVID 19. These various steps have helped reduce the number of cases reported in the region during the period under review.

In the word of one of our donors, quote, " I have no regret of donating to your project to fight COVID 19. I wouldn't have spent my money any better way than this by helping to save lives in a distance that is many miles away from me. COVID generated from several miles away, and no one ever thought it would reach this far. With this assumption, I believe that the best way to eradicate COVID 19 is to attack it in the same many miles away from me. I call this the law of replication. I am pleased to be a benefactor of your project".

As we move forward in the months ahead, we will double and extend our efforts to hard to reach so that the message of collective engagement can continue.

All these can be possible if we, as service providers, remain honest, sincere, committed, and accountable to the community we serve. These attributes will help us to overcome COVID 19.

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BAbel Learwellie
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