Pa Alpha’s message of thanks

The generosity of Tearfund supporters is making a big, life-enhancing difference to people recovering from the Ebola outbreak like Alpha Kallon. The 71-year-old from Liberia lives on a street where there were 48 cases of the disease and an 80 per cent death rate.

Alpha, known locally as Pa Alpha, lost his wife and three sons to Ebola, and underwent treatment himself. He emerged broken-hearted and unsure how he could continue his livelihood as a rice grower.

Tearfund has been supporting partners in Liberia and neighbouring Sierra Leone to help people like Alpha get back on their feet after such awful times. Your support enabled our partner Nehado to provide psychosocial counselling to Alpha to help him with his bereavement and readjustment to life without his family.

He has also benefited from a package of practical support, including a cash grant to help his rice growing generate a decent living. Today our partner reports that Alpha is once more full of life, with a renewed sense of hope and a smile on his face.

‘I was never thinking of regaining the things I lost to the Ebola outbreak, but I thank God today,’ says Alpha. ‘Although I cannot get back the lives lost – my wife and children who were my main support – the help I’ve received from Nehado and Tearfund has taken me to some level of recovery. I have up to 63 bags of rice stored and have cultivated up to ten acres. For this I want to thank God for his goodness and for using you people to be blessings to people like us.’

Please Pray

  • New cases of Ebola have recently emerged in Liberia after it was declared free of the disease. Pray for this outbreak to be swiftly brought to an end and for no more deaths.
  • Pray for the continuing recovery of people like Alpha, who have suffered practically, psychologically and emotionally.

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