……Beneficiaries assure Oxfam of Proper use of funds – By: WASH R&E “Media” Network – Glowing with smiles on their faces, beneficiaries of Oxfam Ebola Recovery Program in River-Gee County speak of how they were pleased with the intervention of Oxfam in their county and respective communities.
The beneficiaries who were recruited from 15 communities in the six Districts of the County, extolled the Charity for its timely intervention.
They described Oxfam’s Ebola Recovery Program as an opportunity for them to rebuild their lives after the havoc caused by the dreadful Ebola Virus Disease in the country.
The 15 communities benefiting from the Ebola Recovery Program in River Gee are Tuoh Gbarweltken, Wessitoken, Sarbo Sweaken and Sarbo Geeken.
Others include Pronoken, Podroken, Putuken, Jarkaken, Killepo Kanweaken, Jolowroken, Seagboken, Cheboken and Jayloken.
These communities are found in the six Districts of the county which include Tuobo, Sarbo, Nyenkiweken, Gbeapo, Chedepo and Karford Districts.
The Farming Project in the county which is under the theme: “Promoting Food Security in South East Liberia through Commercial Rice Value Chain Development & Crops Diversification”, is aimed at providing economic empowerment for local farmers.
Under this project, Oxfam has provided seeds and technical assistance to local farmers, encouraging them to get involved in lowland farming, which is known widely as swamp rice planting.
Beneficiaries under this category of the Project, “Cash for Work” told Journalists that the lowland farming is making great impact in their farming activities compared to high land rice planting.
The Cash for Work farmers explained that the lowland techniques supported by Oxfam in their county has made their work much easier.
The farmers disclosed that the Cash for Work has motivated many farmers in the county to increase their respective plots on various farms.
According to one of the farmers, Nebassco Wreh, the Food Security Program will enable them get funding to continue his farming activities and also to support his children schooling and family activities.
Mr. Wreh revealed that he will also use funding from the Cash for Work to continue and extend his farm by increasing the present plots of rice he has.
For his part, an 83-year old beneficiary of the Unconditional Cash Program, Browne Pahyea, praised Oxfam for his selection.
“I will use the fund to pay hospital bill and get engaged in a little business to sustain myself as an elderly man, Mr. Pahyea said.
Also commenting on the Program, one of the Heads of the women Saving Groups, Rina Wesseh said the Project Endowment by Oxfam will certainly empower women in the county economically.
Madam Wesseh noted that the money will be used to get in business, complete her little house and support her children.
She urged other Women Saving Groups to use the money provided by Oxfam wisely by investing it into profiting ventures.
Meanwhile, some beneficiaries of Oxfam Ebola Recovery Program want the Project extended to other counties to enable Liberians who were affected by the Ebola virus to benefit and rebuild their lives, as well.