About 50 Ebola survivors from Montserrado and Margibi counties over the weekend began three days of intensive psychosocial training in Sinkor, Monrovia.
The training, according to the organizers, is part of the leadership’s effort to empower survivors with knowledge and lessen the dependency syndrome.
“We call you here today to impact new knowledge into you because we believe that knowledge is power. We are delighted as leaders of this group and anticipate your full participation in this training,” Korlia Bonarwolo, president of the Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia (ESAL), told the participants.
Bonarwolo said the leadership believes when all survivors are informed, they will be transformed, as well as make decisions that affect their lives positively.
20 females and 30 males from are benefiting from the training.
It was gathered that the rest of the survivors from Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa counties will show up at a later date for a similar training.
According to Mr. Bonarwolo, the upcoming training will focus on proposal writing to empower the entire leadership.
“Individuals and organizations have been providing these trainings for some of our survivors, but as survivors and leaders of the organization, we have decided to engage in such an initiative by bringing together people that will provide the quality of training to ensure that we contribute to society in different ways. At the end of the training, we want to see our beneficiaries playing a greater role in society,” he said.
Mr. Bonarwolo said some organizations and individuals continue to get rich in the name of providing training for Ebola survivors, noting that this is due to the inability of survivors to initiate or engage in lobbying for finance to support training and other activities for themselves.
Joseph W. Doe, Jr., executive member of the West African Ebola Survivors and Affected Organization (WAESAO), said the three-day training was the two organizations’ way of giving the survivors hope and ensuring that they manage their own affairs.
He then hailed organizations and individuals, particularly Sheilk A. Sackor, a Liberian, and Mrs. Oretha J. B. Yates, who lost her job in the United States while supporting Ebola survivors in Liberia. The two individuals have helped them in many ways, he said, and thanked them for their tireless efforts in contributing to the Ebola survivor community.