We are happy to report on the distribution of food items donated to our organization for disabled families who are beneficiary of our organization.

We heartily appreciate the tremendous support to the disabled families and their children during this time of emergency.   We are indeed grateful to UN women-Liberia for recommending our organization and the people we are serving for consideration by the Emergency Food Program and the World Food Program Committee.  Thank you for the decision to believe in our integrity and for the opportunity to work with us for the betterment of the disabled women and their children in Liberia.  We look forward to more interventions intended to move families with disabilities independent and self-reliant.

We also applaud the consideration of the Emergency food program and the World Food Program.

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Introduction ———————————————————————————– l

Background ———————————————————————————— ll

Pictorial —————————————————————————————- lll

Summary of Distributions —————————————————————– lV

Recommendation —————————————————————————- V

Pictorial —————————————————————————————- Vl

Introduction

This report is designed to provide an update on the distribution of donated food items to vulnerable families with disabilities who are beneficiaries of our program.  The report highlights the vulnerability of our target population and the need to consider them for livelihood support to mitigate their vulnerability and afford them an opportunity for independent living to prevent the situation of severe hunger.

Background

The situation of families with disabilities and their children in the Liberian society is one of neglect.   Their issues which are supposed to be human rights issues are not been given consideration, thereby leading many of them to live in communities as invisible beings; they are mostly lift at the mercy of compassionate passersby at street concerns where they go to beg alms for survival.  Due to the above, COVID-19 became the hungriest time of their lives of the already extremely poor families and their children. considering the restricts and subsequent lockdown of the Country.  As such, their vulnerability got to an alarming stage where they were no longer saying safe and returned to the streets to beg.  Notwithstanding, we applauds the effort by the emergency food program to consider them. 

The path to improving the everyday lives pf disabled families & their children remains a path of uncertainty. Persons with disabilities are facing physical & social barriers which leads them to abject poverty. Wide the poverty gap between person with disabilities & without disability not uniform. Families with disabilities are living in food insecure households. Thereby leading many of them to become beggars in streets at the expense of their dignity.

These families who are living in abject poverty & multiple deprivations needs intervention for livelihood support. Thank you for the decision to believe in our integrity and for the opportunity to work with us for the betterment of the disabled women and their children in Liberia.

We look forward to more intervention intended to move families with disabilities independent and self-reliant.

Summary of distribution

The donated food items which was received on September 4, 2020 was a total of one bag of 25kg bag of rice, ten 50kg bags of beans and fifty gallons of oil. Due to the vulnerability of the beneficiaries, the food was distributed by our team of volunteers that worked so deciduously ensuring that everyone was served in one day. The supply was distributed with amongst disabled families and their children who are beneficiaries of Destined Kids Assistance Program.

Many of those served were women and girls ranging from age 18 to 57 with male 33 and females 82.  Those with kids were given a bag of rice, 10 cups of beans and a dino of oil while those without kids received forty cups of rice, oil and beans. The total of one hundred & fifteen disabled households were served.

The disabilities considered in our country program comprises of handicap disability, visual disability including women confined to wheel chair.

This at least helped the families to stay off the streets.

Recommendation  

Effort needed to step up support through partnership with reputable grass root nonprofits particularly mitigate the hunger & poverty amongst families with disabilities in communities.

These families who are at high risk of COVID-19 because of their involvement in the street begging welcome the support & hope for more intervention.