DYC-11 Identifies with Ebola Victims’ Families

first_imgThe District Youth Council of Montserrado County’s District # 11 (DYC – 11) is buttressing government’s efforts to console families of those who were claimed by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and to ensure the goal of “Zero New Cases” before 1st of January 2015 is reached.The membership of DYC-11 comprises youths from 35 communities within the electoral district.Over the weekend, the leadership of DYC-11 identified with two families in the Frog Island Community, on the outskirts of Barnersville Housing Estate, near Monrovia, in addition to earlier assistance to families in the 1407, JE Marshall, 1403 and other communities.The amount of L$4,000 and three bags of rice were given to the two families as an initial assistance.  At the same time the families and community residents were urged to ‘live safe’ by always washing their hands and avoid touching sick persons.The chairman of DYC-11, McCauley Jedeo, Jr., presenting the cash and food to Frog Island Community chairman and senior elder Randall Banks and Patrick G. Smith, said the donation was part of the council’s Ebola Emergency Program (EEP) which began last October with the distribution of buckets, chloride and other anti-Ebola materials to the people of District # 11.Mr. Jedeo said the value of their donations over a two month period was estimated at about L$395,000, courtesy of some cash bequest from several well-known dwellers in the vicinity.“This is our way of saying we are sorry for the deaths of our relatives and loved ones.  We pray for their peaceful repose,” the DYC-11 chairman told the bereaved families. The Howard family lost their wage earner and father, the late John Howard, a prominent citizen of Frog Island. He died after he contracted the virus from his daughter Sarah and grandchildren, Favor and John, who came to seek refuge at his house.   They also died.Fortunately, his widow Mary and daughter Princess Howard, survived.As for the Soigbeh family, besides Miss Carotine Wreh, none of the relatives died. Many believed though the Ebola Team carried her body away, Carotine might have died from ordinary sickness.Meanwhile, the treasurer of DYC-11, Madam Comfort S. Wallie, is calling on local and international non-governmental organizations to help them continue extending their support to other affected families and also to sustain the donations.“We want to send this passionate appeal also to any philanthropist to help identify with these traumatized families,” Madam Wallie said. “The DYC II also wishes to carry the fight further by identifying with Ebola orphans.  Food items, clothing and detergents are needed.  And now that schools are about to open, the survivors will need ongoing assistance,” she pleaded.Madam Gertrude Dorbor, on behalf of the Ebola victims’ families, expressed thanks to the youth group and said they can only be restored when Liberians,  especially their people and the national leadership,  identify with them.Elder Smith, senior advisor of the community,  described DYC 11’s gesture  as the first and called other groups to emulate their example.The community’s chairman, Mr. Banks, termed the donations as timely amidst the festive season and prayed that their works will go a long way.The leadership of the youth group include: chairman McCauley Jedeo, Jr., of Lulu Pelham community; the co-chairman for administration, Cyphus Philips of Kpain Town Community; the co-chairman of operations, Lusanyni Sheriff of Diggsville and secretary general Dassy M. Conway of PUC Community-Kebah.Others are the assistant secretary general Toe T.W. Carlor of Palm Hill Community; financial Secretary Abass S. Gbollie of Gaye Dukpaye Community; treasurer Comfort S. Wallie of Kpain Town and the head of the religious council, Jackson Julufoe of Diggsville.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Women in Business Expo features new entrepreneurs

first_imgThe annual Women in Business Expo commenced with a large turnout on Saturday at the Pegasus Hotel, as newcomers and experienced ladies in the entrepreneurship world capitalised on the opportunity to put their businesses in the spotlight.Over 30 booths were on display featuring different business ventures in the areas of cosmetology, fashion, décor, cooking and local beauty products among others. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement and the exhibitors also learnt techniques on influencing persons to purchase their products by offering striking deals and discounts.Guyana Times spoke with several of the entrepreneurs, who lauded efforts to put their businesses on the map, and showcasing their capabilities as women.Crafted by Chey’s creator, Shonta Noel, stated that while her expertise is in the paper craft department, changes were made this year to introduce a jewellery collection.“We do paper craft, greeting cards, invitations, centrepieces, party supplies, party bags and so on. But this year for the expo, we’re focusing on our jewellery line. We do necklaces, chokers, earrings, bangles and you can get them in a whole set if you want them to match.”According to her, this is a platform for womLocally made products on display at the Women in Business Expoen to boost their confidence. Judging from the response, it spreads the realisation that their talent is sustainable and worthwhile.“Every year it’s really good, not just for me but for all the different exhibitors because there are returning ones. That means there has to have a good response for them to be coming back and the fact that we’ve had a maximum capacity of exhibitors. It helps to boost their confidence in that what they have in a business is actually sustainable. They also get to make themselves known,” the young entrepreneur related.Marissa Jaisingh of Trails and Treasures Décor gave some specifics about her services as a party planner, noting that while they specialise in balloon artistry, the entire party package can be ordered.Standing against an Alice in Wonderland themed backdrop, Jaisingh said, “We’re a decorating business. We specialise in balloon artistry and a lot of theme parties, birthdays, weddings and we basically plan your event for you. If you have an idea, we can execute that idea and bring it to life”.On the other hand, Debbie Houston of Glitzy Glamour Cakes is a veteran in delivering professional cakes, pastries and other baked goods at her catering establishment which was created over 12 years ago. Now, she also offers classes for persons who are interested in mastering the art.She told this publication, “We’re a catering service that does cakes, cupcakes and other items. We also do evening and day classes and right now, we have discounts on them,” Houston noted.Meanwhile, Angela Solomon featured her exclusive beauty products and scented candles under the Sunshine Creations brand.“We’re a skincare company but we also make scented candles. I have a lot of scents but now we have pomegranate, mango, Brazilian jackfruit,” she said.This year saw the introduction of Immaculate Cleaning Services, owned by Leslie Ann Balgobin. For her company, services are offered for events and homeowners who are occupied with other activities.“We offer event cleaning, home cleaning, washing, ironing. We find that most people respond to the home cleaning because they are working all week and do not have the time to clean. That’s where we come in and get the work done,” she said.International Women’s Day 2019 will be celebrated on March 8 under the theme “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.  It is referred to as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. (Rupa Seenaraine)last_img read more