‘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

EWE MUST BE JOKING! FARMER WELCOMES RARE LAMBS

first_imgBREAKING EWES: A Donegal sheep farmer is feeling ‘wooly’ proud of himself after one of his sheep gave birth to four lambs.William Maxwell, from Glencolmcille, couldn’t believe his luck when one of his Scotch ewes went into labour and just kept producing lambs on Sunday morning.William hadn’t scanned the three year old sheep so didn’t know what to expect. William was checking his flock early on Sunday morning on his farm at Braide and noticed the ewe was ready to give birth around 7am.“She was pretty big but I certainly never thought she would give birth to four lambs.“They just kept on coming one after another. It was a wonderful sight,” he said.William, who keep around 100 ewes, is the talk of the area where his family have farmed sheep for generations. He has never had quad lambs before.Twin and even triplet lambs are born occasionally but quad lambs are rare, according to William.“It’s the first time I’ve heard of quad sheep in this area in my lifetime.“I have heard of four lambs being born but often a couple of them die fairly soon afterwards.“We’re just delighted they’re all healthy and it’s great to see them around the farm now,” he said. EWE MUST BE JOKING! FARMER WELCOMES RARE LAMBS was last modified: March 5th, 2012 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:eweGlencomcillelambsWilliam Maxwelllast_img read more