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_imgJames watched from the Lakers’ bench in street clothes. The four-time NBA MVP has resumed shooting, but coach Luke Walton still isn’t guessing how long he will be out.Kyle Kuzma also sat out the second half for the Lakers with a bruised lower back. The starting forward had just four points in the first half.Westbrook recorded his 115th career triple-double despite his horrific shooting, which included a 1-of-7 showing on 3-pointers. Westbrook still has 11 triple-doubles this season and eight in his last 15 games.George also struggled with his outside shooting, going 2 of 11 from beyond the arc, but otherwise carved up the Lakers’ perimeter defense despite picking up his third foul in the first quarter and heading to the bench amid a chorus of delighted boos. When he returned in the second quarter, George immediately went to work with 13 points in nine minutes.George and the Thunder appeared to draw motivation from the booing. George got a technical foul for slapping the backboard after slamming an alley-oop from Westbrook, who mimicked Lakers guard Lance Stephenson’s air guitar celebration moments later when George drew a foul from Stephenson while hitting a jumper.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George reacts after making a basket during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 107-100. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Paul George scored 37 points while getting booed whenever he touched the ball by Lakers fans still angry he didn’t choose their team in free agency, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 107-100 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.Russell Westbrook had 14 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists despite 3-for-20 shooting, but his fellow Southern California native was the center of attention in the Thunder’s only visit to the Lakers this season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Lakers fell into another fourth-quarter scoring drought, going more than six minutes without a field goal while the Thunder made an 11-0 run.TIP-INSThunder: Spanish guard Alex Abrines missed his fifth consecutive game for personal reasons. … The Thunder host the Lakers on Jan. 17.Lakers: Rajon Rondo also missed his fourth straight game and watched from the bench. The veteran point guard won’t be back from hand surgery for a month. … Michael Beasley missed his 13th consecutive game for personal reasons. His mother died last month.UP NEXTThunder: At Trail Blazers on Friday.Lakers: Host Knicks on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next George scored nine points in the fourth quarter while the Thunder rallied from a five-point deficit and easily held on for their seventh win in 10 games.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half for the Lakers, who dropped to 1-3 during LeBron James’ absence with a groin injury. Los Angeles has lost six of nine overall after its offense managed just six field goals in the fourth quarter, along with the Lakers’ usual awful free-throw shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe boos started early for George, whose perceived crime is his decision to re-sign quickly with Oklahoma City when he became a free agent last summer. George didn’t even deign to meet with the Lakers about a return to his home state after years of hopeful speculation by Lakers fans and Magic Johnson, who wanted to team James with George.Some Lakers fans chanted “We don’t need you!” at George in the fourth quarter while he sewed up the Thunder’s win. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jimmy Alapag joins San Miguel coaching staff View commentslast_img read more