‘Waterways Project Improves Lives in Slum Communities’

first_imgContract workers of the Beaches & Waterways Project in New Kru Town have said that they are able to care for their families with the meager salaries they earn from the project.Interviews conducted at the conclusion of the disbursement of four months of arrears at the First International Bank branch on Bushrod Island in Monrovia last week revealed that through the project they are able to provide life’s basic necessities for their families.The contractors said despite the tension in the wake of the Christmas season, the FiBank on Bushrod Island understood their anxieties and worked with them to get their arrears, even after the festive season. “I have been with the project for the last three years,” said an older woman, who identified herself as Anita Doe, “I am able to find food and do a little selling for myself.”Another female worker and a widow, identified only as Ms. Togba, said she is a grandmother of five children. “It is through this work that I care for them and myself.”Many of the young women workers said they are single parents who don’t have any financial support other than what they earn from working with the Beaches & Waterways Project. A majority of the young workers are students, some at various universities, including the University of Liberia.The project now has a total number of 1,701, from a previous total of 1,900. The Borough of New Kru Town has 550 workers, according to Senior Monitor for New Kru Town and Chairman of the Project, Android Young Jr.Young said there are 435 workers from West Point, 335 from ELWA and 381 from Mamba Point.He said the project has made positive impact on the lives of the workers and they are grateful to President Sirleaf, through Mr. Binyah Kesselly (Commissioner, Liberia Maritime Authority), for initiating the project to reclaim Monrovia’s beaches that were polluted with human waste. Young told the Daily Observer in an interview at the Beaches and Waterways Project that the project could not have come at a better time, and expressed the workers’ appreciation to President Sirleaf, Commissioner Binyah Kesselly and former project manager Cecelia Cuffy-Brown for the initiative, and how it has been handled.Commissioner Kesselly had described the project as “reclaiming our beaches one community at a time.”President Sirleaf declared that she “wants to make Liberia a maritime nation by keeping our beaches clean, healthy and attractive” through the Beaches & Waterways Project. The project now has an annual budget to be managed by the Ministry of Youth & Sports.The army of contract workers has helped reclaim Monrovia’s beaches and also reduced a number of preventable diseases in slum communities, residents told the Daily Observer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgPaul in his walker.A little boy who couldn’t walk a year ago is now refusing to allow his mother to park her car in disabled bays – because he is standing on his own two feet.Brave Paul Doherty, 6, underwent life-changing surgery in America after the people of Donegal raised more than €70,000 to help fund the operation.Even his hero Daniel O’Donnell backed the campaign and played a concert free-of-charge to help Paul have the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery. Now almost a year to the day since his surgery, Paul, from Gleneely in Co Donegal, cannot only walk but has a six pack most gym fanatics would be jealous of.His dedicated mum Anne Marie laughs that he now refuses to accept he has any disability.Anne-Marie told Donegal Daily “He told me the other day that he didn’t want me to park in the disabled spot because he can walk now.A selfie at the beach with the Doherty family.“Paul has changed so much since he had the surgery. He cycles outside with his brother and sister, he goes on adventures with them and gets even into more mischief! “None of this would have been possible if it were not the for the support shown to Paul and the countless number of supporters for his Mammy, I Want to Walk fund”“Days spent in a wheelchair are really a thing of the past. His walker is mostly what he uses now. Paul will be seven in a few days. There is a whole lot of growing (and walking) left to do.”As each month has passed, Paul has got steadily stronger. His steps have become more confident and concise. He can walk further and further as each week passes.He achieved a milestone when he walked up to Santa at Christmas to tell him what he wanted and a few weeks later he walked to the Christmas tree on Christmas morning with brother Luke and sister Ava.Mum Anne-Marie and dad Michael know they still have a long road ahead of them and each day brings its own challenges. “He continues to have 5-6 hours of intensive conductive therapy (a type of physiotherapy) each day. Paul has a 6 pack most 30 year old’s would envy. His core strength has improved greatly.“It’s an ongoing journey but we always knew deep down in our hearts that he would make it. He is such a brave boy and in five years he has gone through what most people wouldn’t go through in a lifetime. Nothing can hold him back,” added proud Anne-Marie.BRAVE PAUL SNUBS DISABLED PARKING BAYS AFTER HIS MIRACLE OP! was last modified: March 1st, 2016 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:disabled parking baysdonegalpaul dohertywlakinglast_img read more