– only 38 communities received funding thus farOf the 211 hinterland communities that were identified to benefit from the Jubilee Fund for community development projects, only 38 have thus far applied, received funds and commenced their development project.In January of this year, Government had announced that budget allocations were made for investments in excess of $4 billion, in support of the Plan of Action for Hinterland Development.Minister of Finance Winston Jordan had also announced that in excess of $280 million was allocated to promote economic prosperity in these communities. This sum it was revealed is inclusive of grants for 211 Indigenous communities that would build village economies and fund other tourism-based projects, particularly for the Nation’s 50th Independence celebration. It was explained that the communities would be able to access up to $2 million in funding through the grant.However, it was revealed that only 38 communities actually applied for and received funding through the grant. As such, the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs has announced that the remaining Hinterland communities have up to the end of 2016 to access money from the grant to undertake their developmental ventures.Under the Presidential Grant, Hinterland Communities would usually have been receiving $700,000 to embark on these developmental projects. However; in celebration of the country’s 50th Independence anniversary, the government released more funds for the benefit of these hinterland communities.Some of the projects that have been approved for funding included but are not limited to: the expansion of village farms, aquaculture, cattle and poultry rearing, eco-lodges, construction of guest houses, village offices, shops and markets, landmark benabs, recreational parks, internet service, and purchasing vehicles for agriculture, among others.Presidential Advisor on Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Mervin Williams stated that in order to benefit from the Jubilee Fund, the communities would have had to develop a business or project plan for the purpose of improving village economies and community enhancement. These proposals, he explained, would be assessed and approved, and funding would be issued.
The Director General of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Mr. Ledgerhood Rennie, has called on citizens of Montserrado County electoral district #4 to work collectively work together in order to eradicate the killer Ebola virus disease. According to Mr. Rennie, this can be achieved through active community engagements.He made the called Tuesday, January 27, when he served as guest speaker at the launch of the Ebola Community Action Platform (ECAP), held at Baillie Call School in Paynesville.The LBS boss applauded the community for what he termed as excellent efforts so far in the fight against the virus. Mr. Rennie stated that community/citizens’ efforts have led led to the reduction of cases in their communities, yea the country.The program at which Mr. Rennie spoke was held under the auspices of the People Empowerment Program (PEP) with the theme, “Together We Must Fight to Kick Ebola Out of Liberia.”“Ebola is on the run; no retreat no surrender. Ebola must go! And we must continue to observe all those preventive measures so we can’t have a reoccurrence of the virus in our country,” he stated.The Country Director of Mercy Corps Liberia, Penny Anderson, pledged her organization’s support to working with communities in order to make sure Ebola is eradicated from Liberia.She described the story of Ebola as being one of continued shocks and rebounds, which should make everyone keep alert and vigilant by continually practicing those behaviors that can keep them from contracting the virus.“This is why our valued partners like PEP are playing a critical role by spreading awareness, and reminding people of the need to keep up their guard,” Ms. Anderson said. “Their work will be integral now, as we move into the next phase of the ECAP program, and in the post-Ebola response.“We know that that PEP is among our many committed local partners, who have been working tirelessly to raise awareness of Ebola and help drive it out of your communities. We are proud to be supporting them as they continue driving this all-important push to free Liberia from Ebola.”She asserted that it is a testament to the strong and continuing efforts of groups like PEP, and of national and local authorities that Ebola is on the decline.The Mercy Corps boss warned against complacency in the fight, adding that, “now more than ever we need to band together to ensure that we can both drive Ebola out of Liberia.The Executive Director of PEP, Richard H. Sieh, among other things, recommended to the Government of Liberia to craft a 10 -year plan that will focus on Ebola orphans and survivors, among others.ECAP is a US$12million social mobilization project funded by USAID and developed by Mercy Corps to carry out community engagements.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)