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100 ‘Ebola Orphans’ Appeal for Support

first_imgAbout 100 “Ebola orphans, along with their guardians, yesterday gathered before the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection asking for support from the Liberia government.The orphans are presently sheltered at the Taffi Dollar Children’s Welfare Center in Disco Hill, the Roberts International Airport highway in Margibi County.Speaking to journalists, Mr. Julius S. Jarwou, Principal of Abundant Life Chapel (ALC) School, which is currently caring for the children, explained that more than 75 percent of the children, who totaled 140, were seriously affected by the Ebola virus disease and need support from the government and philanthropists, to survive.The children, who are survivors and orphans, had originally come from Dolo Town and surrounding towns within the Firestone concession area before they were housed at the welfare center. All of them had placards with different messages written on them.Joshua Karngar, one of the orphans from Dolo Town, told newsmen that he lost more than 20 members of his family, including his father, mother, aunts, uncles and siblings.Another youth, Bendu Dumbai, lost at least 13 members, including her father and mother, to the deadly virus.James Garmonyou from 72nd Community, where the Ebola case that landed in the United States originated, lost at least four members, including his father, mother and two siblings. His father had come in direct contact with the pregnant lady who was helped by Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who took the virus to the US.Mr. Jarwou, the ACL school principal said, “For the last four months, ALC has been taking care of the children affected by Ebola. We are here to appeal to the government because their guardians or caretakers have said they don’t have the means to care for the children of their relatives who lost their lives to the virus.”According to him, the government, through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, had informed the welfare center’s director, to return the children back to their “aunties and uncles,” so that the government can send support to those homes for the children.However, Principal Jarwou further stated that the guardians of these children have told ACL they can’t take the children back because they won’t be able to provide the necessary support the orphans have already gotten used to over the last four months at the welfare center. Most guardians said they are faced with serious financial constraints.One of the grandmothers, who had come along with her grandchildren to plead with the Ministry, speaking in broken Liberian English said guardian don’t trust the government.The grandmother, who only called herself Ma Annie, said if they take their children home, the government might support them for two or three months and then stop the support but if their kids are at the ACL, they would be cared for throughout.Bendu Dumbai, who lost 13 of her family members to the deadly virus presented the children’s concerns to the Deputy Gender Minister for Administration, Mr. Peter Roberts, who came along with Mrs. Lydia Mai Sherman, Deputy for Children and Social Protection.Dep. Min. Roberts assured the children, guardians and Abundant Life Chapel (ACL) that he will ensure that their plight is addressed.From the Ministry, the orphans and their caretakers, marched up the road to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).After waiting in the sun for a while, with their placards high up in the air, asking that specialized UN organ to help address their plight, UNICEF ushered them and their guardians into the compound.The UN staff served the children cold water and soda and promised to liaise with the relevant government agency to address their plight as it doesn’t offer support to individual institutions. It can only do that when such recommendation comes from the government.Meanwhile the director of the Taffi Dollar Children’s Welfare Center, Rev. Wilmot Yarlatai, has disclosed to the Daily Observer that every penny spent over the few months on the children’s upkeep has come from his “own pocket and not someone supporting the home.”He thanked Dr. Creflo Dollar and his Creflo Dollar Ministry (CDM) in the US, for helping to construct the facilities and hoped that the CDM, too, will provide funding for the children’s upkeep in the future.Rev. Yarlatai’s clarification comes as some believe that the home and the children are being supported by Dr. Dollar in whose wife’s honor the center is named.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ingwe mull coaching changes after poor run

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Marko Vasiljevic during a training session at the Jakaya Kikwete Memorial Park in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 4 – Kenyan Premier League side AFC Leopards is considering a radical change within the technical bench after a torrid run of results, Capital Sports understands.AFC suffered a third defeat in four games after a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Bandari FC in Mombasa on Sunday, and it appears the club’s Executive Committee is moving in to salvage the situation with a shake-up of the technical bench. This might see the exit of Serbian tactician Marko Vasiljevic, barely two months into the job. Rumor has it that he might be demoted to the post of an assistant if a more senior coach arrives, but all that is yet to be decided.“The truth is that the executive is considering making changes in the technical bench because of the current results. Probably even before the game against Gor Mahia on Saturday, we might see a new person in the bench either as coach or otherwise,” a source within the club confided.The 25-year old Vasiljevic took charge after was-to-be coach Nikola Kavazovic ditched the side to move to Free State Stars in South Africa. Vasiljevic was supposed to be Nikola’s assistant, and was elevated once the latter went to South Africa.And now, it has emerged that the youthful tactician might have lost the dressing room at Leopards with a section of the club’s executives questioning some of his decisions and relationship with some players.AFC Leopards head coach Marko Vasiljevic feeds instructions to his players during a training session at the Jakaya Kikwete Memorial Park in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“In my opinion, he might be too inexperienced for this job. In terms of tactics and all, he is okay, but remember this is his first job as head coach and he has so far failed to sustain the pressure,” the source further stated.He added; “Also, his relationship with some players is not good. There are players he has not used purely because he does not like them. The likes of Ndayishimiye (Eric), Oruchum (Christopher), Mawira (Joshua), Baker (Lukooya) are not playing and when he is asked he says they are yet to adapt to his style,”“We had Oduro (Isaac) injured in Tanzania, but he chose to play Kipyegon (Isaac) in central defense while we have Oruchum and Mawira who are first team players. Maybe, just maybe, managing a big team such as Leopards has proved tough for him.”Ingwe are placed 15th in the KPL standings with 10 points, having won only twice in 10 games and are only three points shy of the relegation zone.They face arch rivals Gor Mahia on Saturday at Kasarani and another loss here will see them sink further in the standings.It has been rumored that former coach Dennis Kitambi who is currently back at his native home in Tanzania might be one of the candidates for the top job.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more