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Bong Ebola Survivors Network lauds UNICEF for stipends

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(elbcradio.com/September 29, 2015)-The Bong County Ebola Survivors’ Network (BCEN) is commending the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Helping Hand Liberia (HHL) Foundation for providing them stipends.

Helping Hand Liberia Foundation is a non-governmental organization implementing the project for UNICEF.

The President of the Network, Nowai Yarkpawolo, made the commendation recently in an interview with the Liberia News Agency (LINA) following a recent cash payment exercise in Gbarnga, Bong County.

Ms. Yarkpawolo told LINA: “We are grateful to UNICEF and HHL for providing each of us a US$150.00 monthly stipend. “These institutions are greatly helping us sustain ourselves.”

“Some of us are using the money to make small businesses such as the sale of used clothes, slippers, rice, palm oil, and other food stuffs to sustain our families, especially to support our children’s education,” she noted.


She described UNICEF’s cash intervention as a milestone in the lives of Ebola survivors, and called on the institution to include in the project a livelihood component.

Ms. Yarkpawolo further noted that a livelihood component of the project will help train survivors in various life skills such as cosmetology, pastry, tailoring, carpentry, masonry and plumbing.

Helping Hand Liberia Executive Director, Saye Lekpeyee Tiah, said since the launch of the cash payment program in March 2015, the initiative has benefited about 400 Ebola survivors in Bong, Lofa and Margibi Counties.

The Bong County Ebola Network comprises 74 Ebola Survivors.

 


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