Friday, August 30, 2013

Dog Bite Prevention Challenge in Liberia


By Morris Darbo


The Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society (LAWCS) is a locally based animal welfare organization established in 2000 and legally registered with the government of Liberia in 2004. LAWCS renewed its legal status with the government of Liberia on January 3, 2012.
The vision of LAWCS is to create a society where the welfare of all forms of nature matter. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.

Liberia is one of the countries that do not provide rabies vaccine to dogs and anti-rabies vaccine to humans. Dogs are the main carriers and transmitters of rabies in Liberia. Children have been the main victims of dog bite. In partnership with a Canadian based organization, Doggone safe, LAWCS has been actively involved in dog bite prevention education in various schools in Lofa County using ``Be a Tree`` dog bite prevention program. From April to May, 2013, LAWCS` volunteers visited and inspired 10,076 school children in 19 schools.

See the details in the chart below:
No.
Name of School
# of female
# of male
Total
1
Kormah Shepherd hood Day Care
221
232
453
2
Japan Day Care
120
146
266
3
Kids Connection Day Care
241
255
496
4
William A. Brown School
224
200
424
5
Voinjama Central Academy
100
115
215
6
Voinjama Public School
250
305
555
7
St. Joseph Catholic School
235
140
375
8
New Life Community School
188
148
336
9
Answeru English & Arabic School
375
298
673
10
Kintorma Community School
412
421
833
11
Yandasu Public School
210
200
410
12
Selega Public School
200
231
431
13
Lawalazu Public School
220
245
465
14
Voinjama Free Pentecostal School
1007
994
2001
15
Malamai Public School
134
119
253
16
Koiyama Public School
254
201
455
17
Mamai Public School
213
65
278
18
Kabata Public School
247
241
488
19
Vezala Public School
376
291
667

Grand Total
5,227
4,847
10,074


We want to extend our thanks and appreciation to Doggone Safe for their support. In particular, we want to thank Joan Orr of Doggone Safe, and all LAWCS` volunteers who worked with LAWCS to implement the activity.













Click  here to donate to LAWCS and help them to spread their messages against animal cruelty, to provide vet care and rabies vaccinations, and to provide dog bite prevention for school children.

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