The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Liberia reached 218, as of May 14, 2020 with 20 deaths so far. These scaring numbers have given the Jewel Starfish Foundation the impetus to champion the course by reaching those in dire need of help during this difficult period especially girls who are under the tutelage of the foundation across the country as well as critical healthcare facilities in Montserrado, Margibi, Bong and Nimba Counties.
On May 14, the Jewel Starfish Foundation (JSF) and the Office of the Vice President of Liberia joined hands to provide food, sanitary and health supplies to the foundation’s beneficiaries in four counties: Montserrado, Margibi, Bong and Nimba.
The distribution included over 300 bags of rice, 10 cartoons of sanitary pads, 300 buckets and hand washing materials. Healthcare facilities that benefited from the donations are: C H Rennie Hospital, CB Dunbar Hospital in Margibi and the Ganta Methodist Hospital for nurses and automated hand washing stations for use by the hospitals.
The donated materials were made available by the founder of Jewel Starfish Foundation, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor, Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and the National Port Authority (NPA) as their way of supporting the foundation’s responsibility in ensuring that less privileged girls who are beneficiaries of JSF are safe and well taken care of during the pandemic.
Delivering the supplies, the Program Director of the Jewel Starfish Foundation, Stephene Audrey Kpoto emphasized that the Foundation remains unwavering in its commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of JSF beneficiaries and women who are in dire need of empowerment in order to narrow the inequality gap.
Earlier, the foundation went to the rescue of the country’s primary treatment facility, the 14th Military Hospital with the donation of five oxygen tanks as part of its continuously unrestrained commitment to remain engaged with the fight against Covid-19 in Liberia; girls on the Jewel Starfish Foundation in the densely populated Township of West Point in Monrovia and other communities that would bear the pinch of the outbreak received food, anti covid-19 materials and cash to enable them stay afloat during the pandemic.
The Founder of the Foundation, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor strongly believes that it inasmuch as it is good to create awareness about the virulent disease, those awareness messages would mean nothing if they are not accompanied by tangible practical actions from everyone regardless of the stratum of society he or she finds himself or herself. “The safety of these vulnerable girls remains a paramount to Jewel Starfish Foundation most especially at this time when their chance of winning bread is limited by the avalanche of a disease that has brought the world to its knees in every sense. The bags of rice and other essential materials will go a long way in helping them observe the health protocols to keep a social distance and wash their hands often to avoid contracting the virus,” Chief Dr. Howard Taylor intimated.
She continued, “I want to make sure that those people we have made a commitment to across the country are reached as much as we can during this difficult moment; so that at least they can have something to eat during the period of the shutdown and they will have no need to come outside.”