The Liberian government has been urged to prioritize welfare programs for women and children who survived the devastating Ebola Virus Disease. Speaking at the launching of the non-profit organization, Liberia Women & Children Teenage Mothers Assistance Program, (LICWETMP) yesterday, Mrs. Christal-Dionne Reeves Da-Thong, said women and children were particularly vulnerable in the crisis. Mrs. Da-Thong, a marketing and communications professional and a humanitarian, quoted a UNICEF report, that said 75 percent of Ebola cases involved women and children. Quoting the UNICEF report during a program at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Monrovia, she explained that 4,519 children were by February this year affected by the outbreak. To counter this Ebola’s negative effect on children and women, Mrs. Da-Thong said the Government of Liberia and its partners must increase their intervention programs to the “most vulnerable groups” in the country, who are women and children. Among other negative by-products of Ebola, she stated, “is stigmatization that can affect children and women’s self esteem.” “It is therefore necessary that our efforts are geared towards programs that are designed to help women and children,” Mrs. Da-Thong suggested. She commended LICWETMP for its bold initiative to concentrate its intervention on children and women in this critical period in which Ebola seemed to be out of the country. Mrs. Da-Thong, with extensive working experience in the non-governmental sectors in the United Kingdom and Liberia, said LICWETMP’s psychosocial and educational welfare support to the more than 50 children and women need local and international support. “To be able to help many more women and children,” Mrs. Da-Thong said, “The LICWETMP will need international support.” She also commended LICWETMP for its feeding program, which she noted is vital to create support for children and women who lost parents and spouses. “These women and children must now depend on the goodwill of society to attend to their needs and your organization has started the ball rolling,” she noted. Yesterday’s program was attended by over 50 Ebola made orphans and women who are being supported by LICWETMP, according to its acting executive director David D. Dennis. At the end of the program, an assortment of school supplies, valued at over USD5,000 were presented to the children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Contrary to the old joke, a 500-pound tiger doesn’t eat “anything it wants” for breakfast, Spolyar said, but consumes 15 to 20 pounds of raw meat every day. That much protein takes a long time to digest, which is why the big cats also sleep up to 20 hours a day. At 1 p.m. Saturday, it was nap time for tigers, but that didn’t stop a quartet of small children from letting out a breathless “Oooooooooh!” when one of the felines rolled over and stretched in its sleep. And while a full-grown tiger can jump 10 feet in the air or 30 feet along the ground, all that power is only good for short distances, which means tigers have to sneak up on their prey. “They can run at speeds up to 40 mph, but in short bursts,” Spolyar explained. “They’d go 100 feet and then lie down and take a nap.” The fair, which continues today, also features carnival rides and games, live music, as well as horticulture, livestock and arts and crafts displays. Silvia Bishop, host of the home arts tent, said busloads of visiting schoolchildren have been fascinated by the paintings, drawings, photographs, crocheted afghans, ceramic dragons, tooled leather items and even a set of crocheted Looney Tunes stuffed toys. “Where do you show off that afghan your family thinks is wonderful or your preserved goods?” Bishop said. “You can’t take it to the mall. That’s what the fair is good for: representing its community.” Hungry fair-goers also can munch on tamales, hot dogs, Thai food, roasted corn, cajun sausage, pastrami sandwiches, ice cream and Hawaiian ice. But for animal-lovers, the fair was a zoological delight. In the livestock tent, a small herd of rabbits managed to sleep despite the constant crowing of several roosters. Two-year-old Camilla Nguyen of Chatsworth delighted in greeting the animals in the petting zoo with an enthusiastic “Hi!” safe in the arms of her father, Nam Nguyen, 33. But while the sheep and the zebra were content to let Nam Nguyen feed them tidbits, the camel was not. As an astonished Camilla watched, the camel stretched his long neck out and snatched the entire food cup out of Nam Nguyen’s hand, dumped the remains down its throat and tossed the empty container into a pen. Meanwhile, Deb Baumann, managing director of the Vaquero Heritage Foundation, was demonstrating “La Garrocha,” or the long wooden pole used to herd cattle in the Old World before roping was invented. Part of the routine is supposed to be done hands-free. Her 17-year-old chestnut Arabian, Sammy, however, had other ideas. Belying his age, the frisky horse became all ham, putting extra bounce in his trot as he turned in tight circles around the long pole. “You give him an audience, and his brain leaves his body,” Baumann sighed afterward. email@example.com (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HANSEN DAM – Tiger trainer Andy Spolyar swims and wrestles with tigers, and he has occasional scratches and bruises to prove it. But the 39-year-old Spolyar, who has worked as a trainer for about eight years with the Tigers of India Spectacular Show, said he’s never been seriously injured, even though his charges have been known to “mouth” on his arms in play. “If one of them tackles me and I’m not expecting it, it’s 500 to 600 pounds hitting you – it feels like a couple of linebackers hitting you,” Spolyar said. “They’re wild animals, and we treat them with respect.” Spolyar and nine Bengal tigers from the Marcan Tiger Preserve in Florida were just one of the attractions Saturday at the 60th annual San Fernando Valley Fair.