The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) recently gave US$100 to each of 100 Ebola survivors in Kakata, Margibi County, following a two-day intensive training on business management. At the end of the training, Madam Roseline Toweh, YWCA National General Secretary, said the business grant is intended to empower the survivors to start businesses of their own to sustain their families. The project, she said, is sponsored by the Association of Evangelicals in Liberia (AEL), and will last for 14 months, beginning this month. She said the project also seeks to put women and men who were directly affected by the Ebola virus in a better position to sustain their families.The project will provide US$200 for each of the targeted survivors, but the money, she added, will be given in two segments.“Today we are giving out the first US$100 for you to start your business, but that is not all we have for you under this project. Our (associates) will come with you beginning next week to collect your identification (ID) cards, because we are going to use US$50 to open a bank account for each of you, and the balance US$50 will be given to you later to add to your business,” Madam Toweh told the smiling beneficiaries. The bank account, she said, will be controlled by the beneficiaries, while the YWCA will only monitor the process, noting that the recipients are expected to save some of their profits in the account since the YWCA might not always be in the position to help them.“We are not opening the accounts for ourselves. When the accounts are opened, each of you will have your bank books, but all we want is for you to save some of your profits. Our (associates) will work with you all through the banking process, and will only give us the deposit slips from the banks so we can give our report to the donors. But the money is for you. You do not have to pay it back to the YWCA,” she told the beneficiaries.The project seeks to improve the livelihood of Ebola survivors and help them provide care for their children.As part of the project, YWCA will pay school fees for orphans who are being cared for by targeted survivors in Kakata.The recipients of the grant expressed gratitude to the YWCA for what they referred to as a “life changing opportunity” for them, promising to use the funds wisely.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
SAINT JOHN, N.B. — A railway owned by New Brunswick’s Irving family has pleaded not guilty to 24 charges alleging the company violated safety standards in the way it transported oil.The allegations against the New Brunswick Southern Railway Company Ltd., a subsidiary of J.D. Irving Ltd., occurred after a Transport Canada probe set off by the 2013 rail derailment in Lac Megantic, Que., that killed 47 people.According to court documents, half of the 24 charges against the railway related to an alleged failure to create proper shipping documents and the other half allege unqualified personnel were involved in the shipments.These were not violations relating to the Lac Megantic disaster itself, but came from other occasions between Nov. 3, 2012, and July 5, 2013, in the Saint John area.The company was originally due in court Nov. 27 but delays in disclosures from the Crown resulted in the plea coming on Friday.Last fall, Irving Oil was ordered to pay $4 million after pleading guilty to 34 counts stemming from the investigation into the Lac Megantic disaster.The charges under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act resulted from a joint investigation by Transport Canada and the RCMP that was prompted by the deadly train derailment.On July 6, 2013, a train carrying 7.7 million litres of crude oil sped toward the small Quebec town at 104 km/h before derailing.The case against New Brunswick Southern Railway will return to court on June 4 to set trial dates.