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_imgThe day hasn’t come yet when someone finds the video on his or her computer screen to be the equal of that he finds on his television, and even with technology moving faster than a flu virus, it may not be here anytime soon. But as the success of YouTube and its grainy video, ubiquitous camera phone pictures and repeats of “Lost” on your teeny tiny iPod screen, the vehicle is less important than the product. There’s more of everything for 2007. The site has doubled its capacity, which will allow as many as 400,000 people to see the games at one time, up from last year’s 175,000. There will be up to 56 games available from the first round to the Sweet Sixteen. The tourney begins March 15. The size of the basic video screen has also been increased, from last year’s pixel size, 320 by 240, to 480 by 360. For those who wouldn’t know a pixel from a pixie, it means a bigger picture. There have also been improvements in digitization that will improve resolution. “We’ve made some significant upgrades,” Joe Ferreira, Vice-President of Programming and Executive Producer for CBS SportsLine, said. “Ever since last year, there’s been a lot of improvements overall in (computer) video. I don’t think people would say they’d rather watch a game on their computer. The TV experience is still better, and it will continue to be in the short term. “But there’s an expectation now for good content that you can’t get on television, and that’s what is driving the technology. What we learned last year is that there are a lot of people out there watching the game (on TV in their market) and on-line at the same time.” The “Boss Button” will be back that allows viewers at work to hit a single key and revert to a home page. The “waiting room” is also back, which lets visitors see when they might get access to the site. There will be usage checks, too, so that someone can’t log on and then go out to lunch; they get bumped after 30 minutes if they don’t respond to a prompt. There will also be a CBS SportsLine exclusive wrap-around halftime show, highlight packages, and the audio feed from Westwood One radio broadcasts. Games being televised live by CBS will be blacked out. The “free” Web casts are designed, of course, to drive traffic to CBS SportsLine, which turns the increased eyeballs into more advertising revenue and brand familiarity. The printed word still is a large facet of the Internet – it only seems like everyone person in the world has his or her own blog – but it’s video that will determine the long-term winners and losers in the industry. To that end, CBS and CBS SportsLine have created a VIP Ticket for “Match Madness on Demand” that only requires one sign-up at CBS SportsLine. It will improve one’s place in the digital line. Coming soon: The Digital Hot Dog! RANDOM NOTES: The Angels have decided to have two TV broadcast teams this season. Steve “Syrup” Physioc and Rex Hudler will do 100 games and Jose Mota and Mark Gubicza 50. The Angels will air 100 games on Fox Sports Net West and 50 on KCOP (13). Broadcast assignments are to be determined … For those who missed it, the Dodgers have added Jerry Reuss to its radio team. He’ll do 37 games partnered with Rick Monday … Former Dodgers also getting new gigs include Dusty Baker, as a studio analyst at ESPN, and Eric Karros as a studio and game analyst for Fox. Fox has also hired Joe Girardi and Mark Grace for similar roles. See, it takes a lot of people to replace Steve Lyons & NBC has hired just-retired NFL running back Tiki Barber as an analyst on its Sunday night NFL telecasts and as a contributor on the “Today” show. CBS has hired recently retired Steelers coach Bill Cowher as a studio analyst … ESPN has two specials airing this month on its outlets as part of Black History month, one a history of African-American quarterbacks based on the new book “Third and a Mile,” by New York Times sportswriter William C. Rhoden, and another on John Carlos and Tommie Smith. The NFL Network has two similar specials airing Feb. 21, one on African-American quarterbacks and the other a roundtable hosted by Tony Dungy on African-Americans in NFL history … Yeah, it’s all-star weekend for the NBA and TNT, but the required viewing will be a race between TNT host Charles Barkley and 67-year-old referee Dick Bavetta. For Charles’ sake, I hope there’s a betting line. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The next generation of streaming live video is around the corner with the latest edition of “March Madness on Demand.” CBS and its partner CBS SportsLine debuted the comprehensive coverage of early NCAA tournament games in 2003 as a free service, and it became a resounding success for the emerging technology when it was offered free last season. Everyone likes free. There were digital “lines” to get into the “stadium” site and watch the telecasts, but more than enough traffic to allow hardcore fans to see games that weren’t being televised in their home market. The site had five million unique visitors for last year’s package. last_img read more