YMCA Wages Intense Ebola Fight in West Point

first_imgThe YMCA continues its fight against the deadly Ebola virus in West Point with the recruitment and temporary employment of forty residents every week to clean all the township’s seven communities.The 40 volunteers, under the scheme, Food for Work (FFW) receive a 25k bag of rice, a gallon of cooking oil, half dozen tins of sardines and 50 pieces of Vital Cube at the end of the week.  A new team of 40 volunteers is hired each week.The uninterrupted cleaning campaign which began in October 2014, is one of YMCA’s initiatives to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).The project, titled: Saving Lives and Restoring Livelihoods in West Point,’ was awarded by Y Care International and funded by Comic Relief, UK.The program, which is to be implemented for six months, is in its 18th week.The Coordinator of the Project, Jerry Paye, told the Daily Observer yesterday that the total value of the project is an equivalent of US$181,706.00 and a total number of 6,068 direct beneficiaries will be impacted. Mr. Paye said the project is a way in which the YMCA can help the Liberian government fight the pandemic and address the economic impact on the community.According to Mr. Paye, about 960 persons will benefit monthly from the Food For Work (FFW) subproject with the temporary employment of 40 persons weekly and their possible estimated beneficiaries of six persons.Besides the FFW scheme, the Liberian YMCA also trained and deployed 24 peer educators on the Ebola preventive measures.  Each peer educator is expected to reach out to 50 persons a week.He stated that during their outreach, leaflets and posters about the prevention against the virus are distributed and posted on houses, shops and other places.The Coordinator indicated that in order to address the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak in West Point, there has been food support to single mothers, sick and disabled persons, Ebola survivors and those distributions will continue to the end of March.  He further said the Liberian YMCA provides financial support to the West Point Township Commissioner for coordinating meetings. In collaboration with the Commissioner, the YMCA has repaired two latrines and the third one is still undergoing renovation.“Additionally, we also give 37 bags of rice monthly to the management and staff of the Star of the Sea Clinic in West Point,” Mr. Paye said.He said about 175 persons, including marketers and Ebola survivors, are expected to receive US$150 as a package to restore their lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City Council makes proclamations on Monday night

first_imgPhoto: Acting Mayor Don Irwin (centre) listens in as members from the North Peace Restorative Justice Society present their proclamation request on Monday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caFort St. John City Council made three proclamations at Monday night’s regular meeting.Sherri Jones from the Adoptive Familes Association in British Columbia requested that City Council proclaim November as Adoption Awareness Month. During her presentation, Jones said there are roughly 1,300 children across the province that are waiting for a permenant home. Councilor Lori Ackerman endorsed her request, stating that she herself is a grandmother of three adoptive children.- Advertisement -Members from the North Peace Restorative Justice Society asked Council to proclaim November 15th-22nd as Restorative Justice Week in Fort St. John. The Restorative Justice Program is an alternative way for victims and offenders to mitigate the effects of misdemeanor petty crimes.Mary Marcellus was the last delegation to present to council. She requested that November be proclaimed as Diabetes Awareness Month and that November 14th be recognized as World Diabetes Day in Fort St. John.All three proclamation requests were approved by City Council.Photo: Acting Mayor Don Irwin hands Sherri Jones the Adoption Awareness Month proclamation – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

Toll in AP boat tragedy rises to 12 search on for 21

first_imgAmaravati: The toll in the boat tragedy in Andhra Pradesh rose to 12 with the recovery of four more bodies including that of an infant, on Monday morning, official sources said. With 21 more people missing, extensive search operations were being carried out by Indian Navy, NDRF, SDRF and state authorities. While bodies of eight passengers were recovered from the river till Sunday night, another four were retrieved at the accident spot at Kachhuluru in East Godavari district on Monday morning, sources in the State Disaster Management Authority here said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details One helicopter of the Indian Navy and another of the ONGC have been pressed into service while eight boats were being used by NDRF and SDRF personnel to search for the people feared drowned. Crest gates of the Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram have been shut to prevent the possibility of the bodies from getting washed away downstream. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy undertook an aerial survey of the accident spot. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The boat ‘Royal Vasishta’ was on its way to the picturesque Papikondalu tourist spot in the middle of the river when it met with the accident, apparently on colliding with a large rock formation, at Kachchuluru, about 200 km from here. As many as 27 people survived the tragedy and were rescued by villagers of Tutugunta. The survivors were taken to the area hospital in Rampachodavaram and government general hospital in Rajamahendravaram for treatment. Most of the tourists were from Hyderabad and Warangal in neighbouring Telangana and state chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh each to the bereaved families from his state and deputed ministers to coordinate in the relief works and help the injured.last_img read more