CSO, Liberia Wash, to Support WaterAid

first_imgA civil society organization, Liberia Wash Consortium and SHALOM, have pledged support to WaterAid Liberia for the launching of the ‘Healthy Start’ program, which is intended to serve as a fundamental building block of a prosperous and healthy society in Liberia.The program, which was held Tuesday in Careysburg, brought together CSOs, government officials as well as WaterAid partners.Mrs. Pate K. Chon, who spoke on behalf of all WaterAid partners, said they would continue to advocate for access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene in all health institutions in the country.Mrs. Chon said SHALOM and all other partners will remain committed to Liberia’s development by contributing to more success stories, to make the country a better place for everyone.“We will provide WASH in schools and healthcare institutions in all parts of the country, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education,  through local community structures, to ensure that better hygiene practices are observed,” she assured.All partner organizations would also help to persuade the Liberian government to improve reproductive, maternal, and newborn and child health in the country, which is paramount to sustaining healthy life for the general population. Mrs. Chon noted, “The Healthy Start program launched by WaterAid Liberia for the next four years will improve health and nutrition of newborn babies and children and prevent the next crisis by giving the children in school a healthy start.“The right to clean water and hygiene is a right to life,” she added.She stressed that proper hygiene, which was promoted during the recent Ebola epidemic, is falling away.“As we arrive at the tail end of the Ebola epidemic, we must not forget what brought us here and the lessons we have learnt should be stamped on our national consciousness. These lessons define the situation of Liberia at present,” Mrs. Chon indicated. Also speaking, the team leader of WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone, Chuchu Selma, said water, sanitation and hygiene services are fundamental to human survival and as such they must be given priority as a human rights issue.He added, “Healthy Start is WaterAid’s four-year advocacy priority that focuses on improving the health and nutrition of newborn babies and children. We will do this by advocating for access to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion to be integrated into health policies locally and nationally.”“We also plan to do this in collaboration with the MOH, through local organizations working within the health and WASH sector,” he emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UK Based Charitable Organization to Support Needy Communities

first_imgMr. Aihtsham Rashid.The head of the globally acclaimed Philanthropist and Charitable Organization based in the UK, The Akhirah Team, Aihtsham Rashid with another delegate from his team, will visit Liberia to assist some of the most needy communities.Rashid, who is the Chairman of the Akhirah Team, will be in Liberia as guest of another charitable organization, Vision for Liberia. They will together, from Friday, April 12-18, 2019, assess the needs of over 20 facilities, including orphanages, schools, mosques and clinics in six of Liberia’s 15 counties.During the Akhirah Team’s visit, they will assess orphanages, vulnerable schools and clinics in Montserrado, Margibi, Bong, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa counties. Vision for Liberia has already attended to many of the facilities that the Akhiran Team will visit.As part of the team’s itinerary, they will meet with key stakeholders to include the ministers of Gender, Health and educational stakeholders.Mr. Rashid told reporters that his reasons for taking an interest in working with vulnerable children and families in Liberia is inspired by the legacy of President George Weah, who he said reminds him of his football playing days, and the way Weah has inspired and helped the world’s population through sports and his many humanitarian works.“I followed his career for many years, and saw you at the FA Cup Final 1999-200; (Chelsea Vs Aston Villa); and who can forget that goal you scored for AC Milan where you practically ran the whole length of the pitch. How you used football as a way to bring happiness to millions of people and to promote education for the children; inspired me the most,’’ Mr. Rashid said of President Weah.The Akhirah Team has worked in some of the most difficult environments around the world providing aid and helping the vulnerable populations.The Team has projects in The Gambia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and has provided basic social services and food to the homeless in the United Kingdom.A dispatch said Mr. Rashid and team are coming to undertake life impacting projects that would meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable members of the population such as the orphans. There will also be feeding program for each of the visiting centers.Approximately 100,000 children in Liberia are orphans, and many more less fortunate children live in rural communities.Most of the vulnerability exists due to the 14 years of civil crisis, and the emergence of the deadly disease outbreak, the Ebola virus, that resulted in the deaths of many adults, and left many children as orphans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LETTERKENNY CHARITY SHOP HITS WRONG NOTE AFTER ROW OVER PIANO

first_imgA Donegal woman who bought a piano for her daughter in a charity shop was left horrified when she found it was rusty and not working properly when it was delivered.Shocked Denise O’Boyle paid €400 for the 85 year old piano at the Good As New charity shop in Letterkenny.She paid a further €100 for it to be delivered to her home and a further €100 to have it tuned. Ms O’Boyle, from Killybegs, said she did not play the piano but wanted her daughter to learn.She had priced pianos but said they cost in the region of €3,000 and was delighted when she saw the piano in the charity shop for €400.She brought a friend with her to view the piano but admitted the woman was not a piano expert.“She just knew that it didn’t have woodworm and we thought it was okay then,” said Ms O’Boyle.However when a piano tuner arrived at her home, Ms O’Boyle was told the piano was only worth €50.“The piano tuner told me the keys were broken and it was rusty and that it couldn’t be tuned.“ The man who came to tune the piano told me it wasn’t much good and it was only worth about €50,” she said.Ms O’Boyle of Tullid, Killybegs is seeking her money back from the Good As New Charity shop on Port Road, Letterkenny.However solicitor for the shop, Ms Karen McGinley said the piano was bought in good faith and a long time had elapsed since it was bought in January, 2011 and when the complaint was made in June.Ms O’Boyle said the delay was due to finding a proper piano tuner.She also added that she had been in contact with the Consumer Affairs Department and was told her purchase was covered under the Sales of Goods Act.However defending solicitor Ms McGinley said this was a grey area and that an unreasonable time had elapsed since the item was bought.“There was a five month period between when it was bought and when the first complaint was made and we feel that is excessive.“The goods are sold at the shop as seen.“The shop has no Government funding and relies on good will to run buses for cancer patients from Donegal to Galway and Dublin for treatment,” she said.Judge Paul Kelly said it was a rather unfortunate situation that the case had come to court.He adjourned the case until October 3rd adding “I think the shop might like to reconsider the matter.”EndsLETTERKENNY CHARITY SHOP HITS WRONG NOTE AFTER ROW OVER PIANO was last modified: September 6th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Denise O’BoyleGood As New charity shopletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more