The Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL) in collaboration with Tearfund, yesterday graduated 125 Ebola survivors in the art of soap making.
At the closing exercise at the New Life Bible Church in St. Francis Community in Jacob Town, which included activities such as drama, singings and recitation of poems, some of the graduates walked away with several gifts.
The Director of Banking at the Central Bank of Liberia, Richard Walker, who served as the guest speaker, described the training as a milestone that will help provide livelihoods for the beneficiaries and their families.
“I want to appreciate you for taking advantage of this training opportunity to improve yourselves and become self sufficient,” Mr. Walker said.
He admonished the graduates to take advantage of the training opportunity to explore other avenues that would help them create jobs for themselves and others.
In remarks, Tearfund Country Representative, Tizazu Adamu, expressed appreciation for the hosting of such a training aimed at supporting Ebola survivors as part of the Association’s recovery initiatives.
“Every long journey starts with a single step, and now that you have started the process we believe that you have acquired great skills that could transform you and your families to obtain a better life,” Mr. Adamu told the graduates.
Tearfund, he said, is partnering with AEL in providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene education, confronting gender based violence, and reducing the prevalence and effects of HIV and AIDS.
Reverend Dr. Nuwoe-James Kiamu, President of AEL Board of Governors, told the graduates that their decision to acquire additional skills shows that they are heading for development, adding, “You are a part of the solution to the country’s problems and not part of the problems.”
Rev Dr. Kiamu said while others are sitting and complaining about opportunities that have not come their way, “you are standing and channeling your challenges into opportunities by adding beauty to life through the skill you acquired.”
“I challenge you to remain intuitive, focused and industrious as you step out to change your life and the lives of many other Liberians.”
Reverend Ebenezer M. Binda, Project Coordinator of AEL, said 18 communities are currently benefiting from the Ebola Recovery Project, which started in April 2015 with the aim of providing livelihood to Ebola survivors in Margibi and Montserrado Counties.