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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

Public education system boosted with 377 new teachers

first_imgGuyana’s public education system has been boosted with the influx of over 370 newly trained teachers who graduated from the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) on Friday.The 85th graduation ceremony was held under the theme: “Re-branding teacher education through verbal and visual identities”.Of the 377 graduates, who hailed from all three branches countrywide, 82 are trained in early childhood, 125 trained in primary and 170 in the secondary level.The 2019 graduating class consisted of 84 per cent females and a mere 16 per cent males. The subjects with high percentages of graduates are Agricultural Science, Business Studies, English Language, Industry Technology, Sciences and Social Studies.Delivering the feature address at the CPCE convocation ceremony, President David Granger noted that Guyana is expected to undergo vast transformations over the next 20 years especially with the launch of the “Decade of Development” initiative in January 2020.According to the Head of State, teachers have a key role to play in the new Guyana that is being created and are expected to be the drivers of economic development. As such, he told the new graduates that they will be responsible for developing leaders for the future.“Our children’s future is in your hands. The world depends on its teachers to help to bring out the best in its children by encouraging them to seek knowledge and skills needed to drive these knowledge-based societies of the future. Guyana looks to you to generate the human resources necessary to support economic transformation. It cannot be otherwise,” the President asserted.President David Granger handing over the President’s Award to CPCE’s Best Graduating Student, Ateisha BrandtHe went on to assure the newly trained teachers that their contributions towards the development of the country will be recognised and their labour rewarded.President Granger continued by reflecting on the life and contributions of Guyanese educator Cyril Potter. He urged graduates to not only look at Potter as a role model but strive to emulate his many great qualities. This, he noted, is important especially since they too will be looked at as role models for the children they will be teaching and will have to pass on such qualities.A section of CPCE’s Class of 2019 at the graduation ceremony on FridayMeanwhile, Education Minister Nicolette Henry underscored the need for the newly trained teachers to understand the paradigm shift in a 21st century education sector.On the other hand, Principal of CPCE, Viola Rowe told the 2019 graduating class that they are now new ambassadors of excellence and need to rebrand the college with the work they do going forward.“Go out there, teach the way you were prepared to teach and act the way you were thought to behave. Go well Ambassadors of Excellence, go and rebrand your alma mater… You can brand your alma mater by exercising your duty of care, engaging learners to set and achieve realistic goals, and by encouraging creativity and innovation in classrooms,” Rowe charged.During Friday’s ceremony at the National Cultural Centre, this year’s best graduating student, Ateisha Brandt, was presented with the President’s Award from the Head of State.last_img read more

4 homeless as Corentyne house goes up in flames

first_imgFour persons have now been rendered homeless after a fire suspected to be electrical in origin completely destroyed their Lot 58 Clifton, Port Mourant Corentyne home in the wee hours of Thursday morning.According to information received, the blaze stated in that area of the home where the electrical circuit is kept.The blaze also destroyed a business operated by Sunita Jagdeo and caused severe damage to a nearby building.A distressed Jagdeo told  Guyana Times  that at about 23:50h, while conversing with her daughter, she heard a loud sound and thought it was gunshot.“Meh daughter said, ‘Mommy, get up! Something going off like a gunshot,’ and when me get up and peep by the crease, meh see the fire plenty,” the woman recalled.She explained that she alerted neighbours, and they came out in their numbers to assist in whatever way they could, but unfortunately, nothing was saved from the burning building.Jagdeo, who operated a small grocery shop at the front of her home, tearfully said she had purchased close to $50,000 in goods, which she had planned to unpack in her shop.The heat from the burning building caused extensive damage to a nearby house which Jagdeo occupied with her daughter, son and 42-year-old brother. At time of the blaze, her brother and son were not at home.Jagdeo recalled that on Wednesday evening she had seen wires sparking and had contacted the Guyana Power and Light Inc. to report the matter, but after some time, the sparking had ceased.Guyana Fire Service Officer in Charge of Operations, Clive Mc Donald, confirmed that the Rose Hall Fire Service had received a report of the fire close to midnight, and without hesitation, fire fighters rushed to the scene. They, however, managed only to curtail the blaze.An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire.last_img read more