first_imgScores of female Ebola survivors who are beneficiaries of a United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) funded psychosocial support project have expressed mixed reactions upon hearing news that the project is coming to an end.The UNICEF funded project, titled, “Resilient Boosting for Children affected by EVD,” is a six month project that is implemented by two local organizations, Renewed Energy Serving Humanity (RESH) and Play to Live (PoL) with a US$196,000 grant. It comes to an end of this month.According to the supervisors of the survivors, Jessica T. K. Sampson, the project has helped to reignite the lives of the survivors, who are referred to as Project Associates (PAs), especially psychosocially, after their horrible experiences in the various Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in the country.During an experience sharing retreat at a resort in Monrovia, she said survivors were recruited and trained by RESH to provide Play and Therapy Services (P&TS) to children affected by the Ebola virus disease (EVD).The children, 857 in number, were placed into four categories; child survivors, those who lost their parents, and others living in communities that were heavily impacted by the EVD. This project, she said, “has made us one big family. We have gotten so used to the children and with each other that we now consider ourselves as one family.”She said the project has been great not so much for the money they were receiving, but the close bonds that have been created during the course of the project.“Some of our colleagues were neglected and discriminated against after they came out of the ETU, but we all have found solace in this place and found new bonds of friendship after some of our friends suffered rejection. We have found peace of mind and we cannot just see this coming to an end.”She said when they came out of the ETUs, some of them were constantly indoors crying, grieving over the horrible experiences they had been through, but the project brought some sense of relief to them.She pleaded with UNICEF for the continuation of the project, adding, “We want this project to continue so that we can have more impact on the children. Some of them lost their parents and became resentful and were traumatized but we have done a great job with them and they are responding positively. So if this comes to an abrupt end, we will not get the kind of results that we want.RESH founder and executive director, Ernest G. Smith said, “We all know that during the height of the crisis and thereafter, children’s development was hugely affected, with some of them losing their parents and others living in communities that were heavily affected. Children could not play any longer and we all know that play is an integral part of every child’s development.” RESH has also worked with 400 parents, of which 160 have been effectively trained under the project. “They were trained in child rights, child rearing and trauma awareness,” Mr. Smith, who described the project as successful, RESH Program Director, Praising Johnson said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img 3 3 Instead they signed £31m Victor Lindlof, who made just 17 Premier League appearances in his first season The Leicester City star was one of the top centre-backs the Red Devils were chasing this summer, with the 25-year-old apparently been for the move to Old Trafford.But their efforts to land Maguire were thwarted by the steadfast Foxes, who refused to sell following his breakout performances for the Three Lions at this summer’s World Cup.United chiefs were reportedly put off by Leicester’s £75million valuation of the defender.However, it has now been revealed the Red Devils could have signed Maguire for much less last summer, had the Premier League giants opted to bring him in over another defender they signed for double the price.Leicester landed Maguire from Hull City last June in an initial £12million deal, which could rise to £17million.But, according to the Daily Telegraph, he only joined the Foxes after Man United passed up the chance to bring him to Old Trafford for £15m.Instead, manager Jose Mourinho signed Sweden international Victor Lindelof for £31 million. Harry Maguire was reportedly keen to join Manchester United this summer United could have signed Maguire for just £15m last summer 3 Manchester United were offered the chance to sign England defender Harry Maguire for just £15million last summer, but turned it down. The news comes after a frustrating end to the summer transfer window for Mourinho, who was desperate to sign a new centre-half but was ultimately left empty-handed.United were linked with the likes of Maguire, Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin and Barcolena’s Yerry Mina, but none of those pursuits came to fruition.It has also been claimed the club were willing to spend a record-breaking £100m to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid on deadline day, only to be told the World Cup winner was not for sale.last_img read more