NAYMOTE-Liberia over the weekend commenced the disbursement of L$1.2 million to 20 community-based organizations (CBOs) to respond to COVID-19 pandemic in Montserrado, Margibi, Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties.
The disbursement was part of Phase-II of the institution’s Community Action Platform Against COVID-19 project funded by the UNDP Liberia through the UN Peacebuilding Fund. An amount of L$ 60,000.00 each was given to 11 community-based organizations from across Montserrado County, while CBOs from Margibi, Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties will benefit in the coming week, the institution said.
“The project the second phase will enable CBOs to contribute to the response process in their communities by creating awareness on the importance of hand-washing, social distancing, wearing of facemasks and symptoms of COVID-19, stopping community and person to person spread of the virus as well as holding small group discussions to enhance peacebuilding and social cohesion in the execution of the National Health and SoE Protocols.”
NAYMOTE’s Executive Director, Eddie D. Jarwolo believes that the approach is highly adaptive and supports community resilience, boosts community ownership of stopping transmission of the virus, and yielding greater citizens’ participation to overcome misinformation about the virus. He said: “Using our community organizing skills and social mobilization lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, NAYMOTE is prepared to ignite the same spirit and vigor to help save the lives of vulnerable populations in Liberia.”
During Phase-I of the project in May of this year, supporter by OSIWA, the institution disbursed L$44,795 to 15 CBOs.
The institution joined the fight against COVID-19 in May through its social mobilization program led by young people to reach out to thousands of Liberians in local communities with awareness messages on the prevention of COVID-19 in the country.
The institution has also hired 15 college students as volunteers to create awareness with approved health messages on COVID-19 prevention using mobile phones, five radio stations (2 national and 3 community based including OK FM, Truth FM, Radio Gbarnga, Classic FM, Radio Gbehzohn and Radio Kergheamahn) are being supported to air messages on the COVID-19 prevention in English and local languages.
Meanwhile, the institution has called on politicians interested in the upcoming senatorial election to prioritize citizens’ health and safety. “It is unacceptable to see politicians rallying large crowd without adhering to health protocols during a public health crisis only because they want to be elected. We call on the health authorities and government to immediately put in place safety measures ahead of the mid-term senatorial election to save lives,” Mr. Jarwolo said.