At least 820 families received donations intended to celebrate the joy of Christmas. – Opens Free Computer, Resource Center, Feeding ProgramAt least 600 families in Kparkacon (Turtle’s Back) Community, Marshall Highway, Lower Margibi County; Samukai Field and Little White Chapel Communities, Logan Town, Montserrado County; and Suehn Mecca Community, Lower Bomi County had Christmas to remember because of a donation of food and non-food items to people of all ages from the Nmah-Clarke Family Humanitarian Aid (NCFHA).Also, newly born babies and their mothers including children under five years old and their mothers, about 220 in total, both at the main John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital and its maternity wing (the Liberia-Japan Maternity Hospital), as well as the James N. Davis Jr. Maternity Hospital, benefited.The family charity started in 2016 in the United States by Mrs. Tuwroh Nmah Clarke and her husband Delano.The family charity thrilled residents of the four communities from the three counties and patients at the two hospitals on free meals (snacks) and special children’s gifts such as tooth brushes, toothpaste and toys over last weekend, which ended on Christmas.The Operations Manager of NCFHA-Liberia, Madam Panneh Nmah, said: “The donations were intended to celebrate the joy of Christmas with the people and also remind them about the importance of education, hygiene and peace.”Presiding elder Marshall Gornoe of the four villages – Kparkacon, Flocon, Henry, and Kponzen, said Sunday’s donation marked the second in two years and the people of the villages are glad and appreciative. He also thanked the Nmah-Clarke family for the installation of the hand-pump which provides clean and safe drinking water.“We are happy and thankful. We want to remind you that we also want school in our community,” said Elder Gornoh.Mrs. Clarke listening to appreciations from the people for the donationsMr. Emmanuel “Dean” Wilson of Suehn Mecca Town, Bomi County, told the families that Madam Tuwroh Nmah attended the Suehn Mecca Baptist Mission up to 1990 because of the civil war and that her coming back is a way to appreciate the Mission she attended.“Mrs. Tuwroh Nmah- Clarke is not a politician, she is a humanitarian and her annual festive visit to us to provide bags of rice, beans, soap, clothes, toys and other gifts is her way to giving back to the poor as a philanthropist,” Dean Wilson said.The Town Chief of Suehn Mecca, Lagba Brown, also thanked the Nmah-Clarke family for the donations, “Our prayers are with you, wherever to take this money from to feed and clothe us, may it be multiplied plenty times.”Mrs. Clarke told journalists that the Christmas program and the school project were her own way of giving back to the people, having attended the Suehn Mission School prior to the Civil War in Liberia.“It is an honor to come to help these children. I have lived in this town and schooled here before so I know what it is”, Mrs. Clarke said.Earlier, some of the residents including women and the elderly thanked the young couple through the Nmah Clarke Humanitarian Aid for sharing the joy of Christmas with the children and people of Suehn Mecca District, in Bomi County.In the Samukai Field Community – Logan Town, Montserrado; Francis Samukai of Logan Town said: “We are happy, this is our fifth time benefiting from the Nmah-Clarke group and it is always a worthy thing to give back to the community where you once lived. Mrs. Clarke’s parents lived in Logan Town about 42 years ago. We are happy that she has identified with the elderly and children of this community.”Mrs. Clarke calling the roster for the distributionOldma Juah Wesseh said: “The Christmas has been always good to us since 2016 when the Nmah-Clarke family humanitarian group begun to share Christmas with us.”On Christmas day, over 120 children, including children from one-day one to 28 days and children under five years old both at the main John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital and the Liberia-Japan Maternity Hospital of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital received food and gifts.At least 65 children also received food and gifts at the James N. Davis Jr. Maternity Hospital at Neezoe in Paynesville.The gifts include pampers, baby wipes, soaps, powder, Vaseline, cotton balls, vegetables, puree food, clothes, blue bed pads, snacks, cool aid juice, fruit snacks and among others.Besides the gifts and food shared, children in the James N. Davis Hospital community also benefited from free gifts.Assistant Administrator Alfreda Tarplah, Nurse Doris Beyan as well as Administrator Davidetta A.B. Parker and Nurse Manager Nyeminah Y. Williams received the food and gifts respectively at the sections of the JFK Hospital. They separately extended their heartfelt appreciations.Maternity staff Pauline Kortie, Shift Supervisor Rukiatu Bah and Ward Supervisor Lovo Konoe received the food and gifts on behalf of the James N. Davis Hospital.Sources said the donations in the four communities in the three counties including the two hospitals are worth about US$48,000.Meanwhile, after the festive break which follows the beginning of 3rd marking period within the 2018/2019 academic calendar, hundreds of students within Logan town and its environs are expected to enjoy free computer school and internet-resource center established by the Nmah-Clarke Family Humanitarian Aid (NCFHA).The US$39,000 free Computer and Research Center is aimed at boosting the NCFHA’s education program to the already 20 scholarships offered to deserving female students between 7–19 years of age, who are underprivileged.Tuwroh Nmah Clarke, and her husband Delano believe that education is a core element of sustainable development and education enable individuals to build more prosperous and successful lives and societies to achieve economic prosperity and social welfare.Besides the free computer school and internet-research center, a free feeding program for children in Logan town has also been launched.Mrs. Clarke, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/President of NCFHA said: “In addition to the establishment of the NCFHA Building, which comprises operational offices, free computer and resource center, there is also a kitchen from which we will be offering free lunch to the kids every Saturday.”“The one-year pilot initiative of free lunch for kids was officially launched December 22,” Mrs. Clarke said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Close to 300 dismissed sugar workers, who were attached to the Rose Hall Sugar Estate, on Thursday received hampers from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) as the party again highlighted the devastating effect the estates’ closures have on Region Six (East Berbice-Coretyne).The Party made donations in East Canje, and at Islington to cater for the workers from the East Bank of Berbice.In East Canje, close to 200 hampers were distributed while about 100 were distributed at Islington.Party Regional Supervisor Zamal Hussain said the Party was in a small way trying to assist the workers who have been jobless after they were dismissed by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) after Government took a decision to close several sugar estates across the country.“We will continue to assist the working-class people or the persons who wereDismissed sugar workers from the Rose Hall Sugar Estate at East Canje Berbice on Thursday where they were given food hamperssevered from the estates until they are able to get a job. The People’s Progressive Party is committed to ensuring that the lives of these severed workers are better on a daily basis,” Hussain told this publication, while thanking those who donated towards making the hampers possible.In December 2017, 181 workers from the Rose Hall Estate lost their jobs when the estate closed its doors. Most of those who were transferred to the Albion and Blairmont Estates were from the East Bank of Berbice.Meanwhile, as the workers await the second half of their severance pay, many of the jobless workers are finding it difficult to secure employment.This, several workers said, has forced them to utilise the first half of their severance to meet their expenses and obligations. Those monies have now been exhausted, and they are worried about how they will feed their families or send their children to school or keep the electricity on or pay their water bills. They say they are facing troubling times and their outstanding monies will greatly assist them.“They are in a very bad situation; many of them don’t have a meal for the day and we as a party, we are doing everything possible so that we will be able to assist these workers. Some of the children are not going to school. At the regional level we have put things in place to ensure that they have transportation and the party is working very closely with the severed workers to ensure that they can take care of their families on a daily basis,” Hussain told Guyana Times on Thursday.A single parent who was sent home when the Rose Hall Estate closed related some of the hardships she has been experiencing. The mother of one said it costs almost $1000 per day for her daughter to attend school. She explained that a large potation of that money goes towards printing of documents for school assignments.Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Party in collaboration with an overseas-based Guyanese, donated $1 million to 100 of the workers who lost their jobs in East Canje and also to 100 who lost their jobs when the Skeldon Estate closed its doors also in December last. 1851 workers were sacked from the Skeldon Sugar Estate when it closed. (Andrew Carmichael)
by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDDeployment of a spouse can be stressful for the partner left at home. As the family prepares for deployment, attention may be focused on the military member preparing to deploy with packing, getting chores done, visiting friends, saying goodbye and many other activities. During deployment, the spouse and children can feel disconnected, communication with the deployed spouse may be challenging, and the family at home will worry about the service member’s safety.Mollie Gross, a comedian, motivational speaker and author of “Confessions of a Military Wife,” made Marine Corps Base Hawaii spouses and service members laugh – and sometimes cry in a recent presentation. (DVIDS, U.S. Marine Corps photo by Kristen Wong)No matter how well a military family is prepared for deployment, the shift in family roles adds to the stressors experienced by the military family, and the role of social support for the spouse becomes more important. In a recent article, Skomorovsky (2014) surveyed spouses of Canadian military service members regarding their level of stress, well-being and depressive symptoms, and their sources of social support during and after deployment. Four types of support were examined: 1) Military spouse; 2) Family of both the military member and spouse; 3) Friends; and, 4) Military contacts. During deployment, having strong social support from family members was key for the non-military spouse’s adjustment and well-being. After deployment, support from friends and the returned spouse, as well as family members, helped predict better adjustment. Both during and after deployment, support from military contacts did not appear to provide significant help to the military spouse.ImplicationsSocial support, particularly from partners, family, and friends outside of the military play an important role when considering the psychological well-being of spouses when a partner is deployed. When working with military spouses, clinicians may consider emphasizing the importance of seeking social support both during and after deployment.For videos to help spouses and families talk about deployment and illustrating social support, visit Sesame Street’s Talk, Listen, Connect. Other recent MFLN blogs related to this topic can be found here: Marital Adjustment After Deployment; Deployment and Single Parenting: A snapshot into the Experience of Navy Moms.ReferencesSkormorovsky, A. (2014). Deployment stress and well-being among military spouses: The role of social support. Miiltary Psychology, 26:1, 44-54. doi: 10.1037/mil0000029This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
“This is something that the National Security Council is examining. At this point, however, we can make no commitment to that, but we are examining how this could work. In the interim, we want to encourage all residents of the zone and, in fact, everyone to get proper identification where they can be processed easily and where nobody has reasons to question their identity,” he added. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he is encouraging all residents of Mount Salem, St. James, and, by extension, every citizen of Jamaica, to get some form of identification.Speaking to journalists at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, Western Region in Montego Bay on September 3, Mr. Holness said it is extremely important that persons take the matter of having proper identification seriously, noting that this will ensure hassle-free passage and verification of status, particularly in zones of special operations.The press conference followed the declaration of Mount Salem in St. James as the first zone of special operations by the Prime Minister on September 1. This will last for 60 days.This was done under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) law, which was passed in Parliament in July.It serves as an important piece of legislation that seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.“Citizens of Mount Salem have suggested to us that a special pass could be created to ease the inconvenience that some of them have experienced when interfacing with the various checkpoints,” Mr. Holness noted.“This is something that the National Security Council is examining. At this point, however, we can make no commitment to that, but we are examining how this could work. In the interim, we want to encourage all residents of the zone and, in fact, everyone to get proper identification where they can be processed easily and where nobody has reasons to question their identity,” he added.Mr. Holness said that one of the Government’s first official intervention programmes will be the holding of a community fair, which will be staged next weekend in Mount Salem.“This fair will be focused on bringing into Mount Salem services that will assist citizens in getting identification. We will have the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), the passport office, the Electoral Office of Jamaica, representatives of the tax office to issue TRN, representatives from the Social Development Commission as well as HEART,” the Prime Minister said.“It will be a massive undertaking, albeit an important one, that will bring the community together… bringing out the people who need identification, who need to get their health checked and who need to do business with the tax office,” Mr. Holness added.He said it is the intention of the Government to provide the residents with the kinds of services that will make their lives a lot better. Story Highlights “Citizens of Mount Salem have suggested to us that a special pass could be created to ease the inconvenience that some of them have experienced when interfacing with the various checkpoints,” Mr. Holness noted. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he is encouraging all residents of Mount Salem, St. James, and, by extension, every citizen of Jamaica, to get some form of identification.
Tina HouseAPTN NewsIt’s been just over two months since Mary Stewart, 55, was taken to a Chilliwack Hospital after saying she was hit by a semi-truck.“I can remember screaming for murder because I was ran over by a truck I remember the wheels hitting me and somebody called 911,” she told APTN News.Since that time, Stewart was promised physio-therapy and medication to help her deal with the pain – but so far nothing.Two weeks ago she was sent to a recovery house in Surrey where she was promised help.But she said there were no services offered.Now she is being cared for by her family.“Thay are racist and they don’t think that we deserve the same treatment as people that dont have brown skin,” said her friend Eddie Julian.Stewart’s ordeal started after she was taken to the Chilliwack emergency room after being hit by a truck.Stewart claims that the physician told her they didn’t see anything wrong in the x-rays, and she said she was released.She said a nurse said that if she didn’t leave, they would call the police.She had no money and no phone. Her partner was with her and they ended up leaving at around 4 am in the rain.“They sent me away in a wheelchair and it was raining outside and they cut me outta my pants so they let me go with no pants just a sheet to cover me I could make it a block and a half I was in so much pain,” she said.She returned to the Chilliwack Hospital the next day after sleeping outside in a wheelchair.Stewart said when she arrived, a nurse said she never should have left the hospital.The x-ray showed her injuries were extensive.“My broken ankles, my broken knees my broken pelvis I have fractures all the way up me left side on my leg I was basically crushed from the bottom down,” she said.Stewart spent nearly a month at the hospital recovering.She said during that time, she experienced racism.Eddie Julian said hospital staff didn’t react well to her story in the media.“One of the nurses at the hospital had look at Mary and said oh I saw your mugshot on the paper and one of Mary’s lawyers happened to be there at the time and she just kinda appalled and she asked if that was me is that what you woulda said about me? and she said no no no,” he said.Officials said they have launched an investigation into what happened at the Chilliwack Hospital.They said it is still ongoing.Stewart said she has hired a lawyer and is considering legal action.