LNRCS Ends Japanese Flood Assistance Project

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) LNRCS Secretary General Saybah Tamba presents keys for the facilities by the LNRCS to Kartoe Town Chief, G. Andrew Kollie-Turns over WASH facilities, other projects in flood-prone communities The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has ended a Japanese funded disaster management project that provided assistance to scores of flood victims in Montserrado and Margibi Counties.The LNRCS, under the project, “Enhancing Response and Recovery Capacity and Support to the Population Affected by Flood,” turned over projects, including hand pumps and latrines to disaster affected communities.An Old woman drinks from one of the newly constructed hand-pumps in Karkieh TownThrough the project, the LNRCS reached out to over 15,000 flood victims with modern WASH facilities, essential food and non-food items, livelihood psycho social support and other disaster relief items in 30 flood affected communities.At the climax of the project, which lasted for about a year, the LNRCS and its partners held separate ceremonies in Kartoe, Montserrado and Sand-Town, Margibi Counties, where the facilities were officially turned over to the residents.LNRCS secretary general, Madam Saybah Tamba, lauded the Japanese Government for helping the flood victims. “We saw the challenges you were faced with and therefore, we thought to intervene. We want to thank our partners, including  the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) for the help,” Mrs. Tamba said.She urged the beneficiaries to take good care of the facilities, noting, “maintenance is critical  to the durability of every facility.”A newly constructed toilet in Nambo Town, Margibi CountyMadam Tamba informed the residents that those facilities are not assigned to the town chief, or any specific household, but the entire residents.The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in June, 2016, indicated that flood affected 15,431 people from 49 communities in those two counties.Water sources were contaminated thereby giving rise to water borne diseases.It was against this backdrop that the Japanese, informed by a proposal made by the LNRCS, donated US$539,729 in 2017 for the project. Liberia was then the only country in Africa that benefited from the Japan’s supplementary budget for that year.The project was implemented with the aim to meet the basic needs of flood victims by providing shelter materials, emergency health services and WASH facilities.LNRCS president, Jerome Clarke (2nd from right), and IFRC head Orowe, second from left, at the ceremony in Sand TownIFRC Acting Head of Country Office, Lawrence Orowe lauded LNRCS and the communities for the collaborations that led to the successful implementation of the project.LNRCS President, Jerome Clarke said, “the facilities will help meet your basic needs, and therefore we are glad that these are finally here.”Clarke spoke of the critical roles each stakeholder played during the project implementation. Kartoe Town Chief, G. Andrew Kollie said expressed gratitude to the LNRCS and partners for the facilities, promising to maintain for the good of the residents.last_img read more

Why its smart to start a startup in Boston

first_imgEarlier this week, I discussed some of the benefits of starting a company in Los Angeles, sparked by my work with Central Desktop, and an article I found on FastCompany.com written by Laura Rich. Rich’s article was part of a series highlighting several entrepreneurial hubs around the country, and part four of her series discussed the benefits of starting a company in Boston.As a recruiter at a Boston Venture Capital firm, this part of her series in particular stuck out to me. Boston is the second largest center of venture capital in the world after Silicon Valley, and the number one per capita.Prior to the internet-era of tech startups, Boston had many early successes with hardware giants such as Digital Equipment Corp., EMC, and Honeywell, respectively, but it seemed that the city’s startup community had faded once internet startups began cropping up in the Valley. Since becoming an incubator for internet hits such as Facebook, Akamai and TripAdvisor, Boston is once again bustling with activity. Given Boston’s abundance of venture capital firms and angel investors, and the fact that the city is surrounded by some of the most prestigious universities in the world, it is no surprise that Boston has become home to a large, successful startup community.Several of OpenView’s portfolio companies have either started in or moved to the Boston area, including Intronis Technologies, Zmags, Open-E, and Acronis.Why do you think Boston has become a global venture capital hub and the home of numerous expansion stage companies?AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more