The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has donated over US$ 7,000 worth of assorted items to at least 28 Ebola orphans as a way of celebrating the Christmas with them and giving hope to Ebola orphans in Liberia.The items, including 22 bags of rice, clothes and cooking oil were last Friday delivered to the orphans who are between the ages of 4 months and 17 years, residing in the Airfield community.The Country Director of OSIWA, Massa Crayton, said the donation is not only a part of her organization’s efforts to restore hope to children who are affected by the epidemic but that survivors, mainly orphans, should be well taken care of and embraced in the society because they are heroes of the Ebola crisis.“This donation is to help our children smile and feel the spirit of Christmas like they had in other times with their parents,” the OSIWA boss said.She disclosed that OSIWA plans to provide packages for survivors, especially when schools resume adding that there will be measures put in place to give extra care to the orphans.Narrating his story at the ceremony was Ebola survivor Ishmael Nuah: “I am Ishmael Nuah, 10 years old. I got infected by Ebola when I visited my aunty in Red Hill Field community. My aunty got sick and died. I was later taken to the Ebola center for treatment and God healed me. I want to be a medical doctor to help sick children, too.”Also speaking, Mr. Uriah Kear, a representative of the Ministry of Health said the government remains committed and will support the survivors and orphans.He called on non-government organizations to follow in the footsteps of OSIWA, helping to provide support for Ebola survivors.The president of the Ebola Survivors Association (ESA), Mr. Korlia Bunarwolo, thanked OSIWA for the gift items and its continued support, describing organization as an example of a real humanitarian foundation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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19 October 2012Financial services group Cadiz Asset Management has partnered with the US Agency for International Development (USAid) in launching a new job creation fund targeting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa.The Cadiz Protected High Impact Fund, launched in Johannesburg on Wednesday, aims to create tens of thousands of jobs in the next eight years by increasing access to finance for South African SMEs.US govt guarantees for SME fundingUSAid, under its development credit guarantee programme, is providing a risk-sharing agreement for Cadiz to raise over R1-billion (US$150-million) of South African private capital for the fund.“The USAid risk-sharing guarantee has the full-faith of the US government, and compared to our grant funding activities, it has a relatively lower cost for the US government and significant leverage potential by aiming to move and place local private capital to work,” Cadiz said in a statement.“SMEs are the backbone of economic activity, and the financing gap for SMEs limits growth and opportunity. As a result, the generation of private-sector led jobs that comes from these SMEs is limited if they lack the financing to grow.“By mobilizing private capital to support intermediaries that are lending to SMEs, the USAid-Cadiz partnership is directly addressing this constraint.”Private-sector led solution to job creationUS deputy chief of mission Virginia Palmer said the partnership was an example of a private-sector led solution to tackle the challenge of job creation in South Africa.“It is also an example of how the US government can work with the South African private sector to help advance the development goals of the government of South Africa,” Palmer said.Cadiz Asset Management CEO Frank Cadiz said the partnership would enable Cadiz to access pools of capital “that to date were unavailable previously due to the perceived level of risk in this area of investing.“The fear of capital loss has been one of the factors limiting capital rising historically, and the mitigation of risk through the introduction of the USAid guarantee will explicitly remove one of the hurdles preventing capital allocation in this area”.SAinfo reporter
Two minor girls were killed by their family members in Bareilly in separate incidents on Monday, following their love affairs. Both the incidents of honour killing had been reported from rural Bareilly in the last 24 hours. In the first incident, a 15-year-old school girl was killed in Bahedi village in rural Bareilly allegedly by her family members after sherefused to testifyagainst her boyfriend who was in jail. After killing the girl, the family members tried to burn her body but some of the neighbours alerted the police. The police reached the spot and recovered half burnt body of the victim. The man who belonged to another religion and the girl eloped two months ago after which her family members and fellow villagers, had attacked his house. Later they registered a case against the man under POSCO. Police arrested him and was under trial. . In another incident of honour killing in Mandwa village in Bareilly, a student of standard ninth was killed by her parents and her body burnt on Sunday after she reached home late. Her parents fled from the village on Monday.
A Muslim youth who was beaten up by a “few of his acquaintances” in Malda district on Friday, died of his injuries later. The incident was reported on Sunday. Sanaullah Sheikh, in his early twenties, was called to the Baishnabnagar market, about a kilometre from his village Chak Meherdi.“He was asked to start a bike so that he could be framed as the one stealing it,” an official told The Hindu. “He was then thrashed by five or six persons, who could be identified from a video,” the official said.Mr. Sheikh used to live with his three children, wife and mother in Chak Meherdi and was “largely unemployed.” Locals alleged that Bappa Ghosh, associated with the Communist Party of India-Marxist [CPI-M] earlier and now attached to the Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP], led the mob.Swadhin Sarkar, Chief Whip of the BJP and Baishnabnagar MLA said that Mr. Ghosh “is associated with the Trinamool Congress.”“In the last election, [Bappa] Ghosh worked with the Trinamool,” he said. Mr. Sarkar claimed that the deceased was suspected of stealing a motorcycle and caught by the locals in the market area. “The beating started and very unfortunately the person died. No Hindu-Muslim colour should be given to it and the culprits should be punished,” he said.Congress MLA from the adjoining Assembly segment Isha Khan Chowdhury and Trinamool’s district president Moazzem Hossain visited the area. Local Trinamool functionary Paritosh Sarkar said the “culprits are not associated with our party.”“It is not a Trinamool-BJP thing but a law and order issue. One person has been arrested on the basis of the video. The rest will also be identified and arrested,” Mr. Paritosh said.