Describing how the standard of living for Ebola widows and survivors in the village is like, the Headman, Mr Santigie Kargbo said even though after the Ebola epidemic local non-government and international humanitarian organisations were helping them, yet they keep experiencing problems that have to do with the livelihood of those that survived the virus and those that lost their husbands.
The headman furthered that prior to the spread of the disease to their village women, the women in the community were practicing commercial farming, but are now constrained.
‘They are no longer able to do so due to the rate at which Ebola struck our community, which has adversely affected them, as they barely manage to practise subsistence farming now.’
This, according to him, has imposed extra burden on the already suffering women, a number of whom lost their husbands to the disease and are forced by circumstances to take care of their children.
Mariatu Conteh, one of the widows, acknowledged the efforts of the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs and it partners, but calls on them to capacitate survivor and widows with skills and help them with start-up kits that will enhance their livelihoods and enable them take care of their children.
She explained her ambition to become a seamstress, but she said, most of the help they have been receiving has to do cash.
Yeabu essay, another survivor, said she is a farmer and she will want government through the MSWGCA to support them to practise commercial farming.