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Ebola Survivors receiving stipends from SEARCH/UNICEF

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One of the Ebola survivor beneficiary receiving cash
One of the Ebola survivor beneficiary receiving cash

(elbcradio.com/June 29, 2015)-About five hundred Ebola Survivors have begun receiving US$150.00 stipend each from UNICEF.

UNICEF is providing the three-month stipend through the Special Emergency Activity to Restore Children’s Hope (SEARCH).

SEARCH Executive Director, Sondah Wilson, said the survivors have now received four hundred and fifty United States dollars each for the past three months.

Mrs. Wilson spoke to reporters Saturday, June 27, 2015, following the cash presentation to the Ebola Survivors at the Paynesville Community School (PCS).

According to Mrs. Wilson, the fund is intended to help the survivors establish their individual businesses to improve their lives.

“But prior to receiving the fund, the survivors were trained in small business development skills, including basic savings and record keeping,” she said.

“There was also training in psychological first aid for community structures, including child welfare committees, children’s clubs, Parent, Teacher Association (PTAs), among others.”

It was intended to support anti-stigmatization of Ebola Survivors and their families.

She named the objectives as strengthening child protection system, promoting economic empowerment, inclusion and non-discrimination of adult survivors, and capacity building of community structures.

The SEARCH Executive Director noted that the beneficiaries are from Grand Cape Mount, Nimba, and Montserrado Counties.

Also speaking, the beneficiaries commended SEARCH and UNICEF for the fund and appealed for the program to be extended until their lives are improved through their businesses.

“This money has really been helping us; we are doing our businesses, sending our children to school and feeding our families. So, we want the program benefit all survivors in Liberia and continue,” some of the survivors said.

At the same time, the Special Emergency Activity to Restore Children’s Hope also said survivors in Nimba County will this week receive their third stipends.

 


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