In recognition of their invaluable services to humanity, the Ebola Orphans and Survival Project (EOSP) has begun to honor ordinary Liberians and institutions with certificates of appreciation.According to the organizer, Madam Oneta Roberts, the initiative is designed to honor and recognize Liberians and institutions that provided support to her organization in its contribution to the national fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).“They are being awarded and shown our appreciation for their outstanding roles. We have thus decided to declare them as Ebola heroes and heroines,” she said.The primary goal of EOSP “is to restore hope that comes along with integrity and dignity to children that have become orphans as a result of the deadly Ebola virus.”Mrs. Roberts explained that the EOSP workers are volunteers who provide their services to children made orphans by the Ebola virus and other survivors.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently, Madam Roberts said she organized the institution to join the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, when it became necessary.About the entity’s areas of operation, Madam Roberts intimated that for the meantime, EOSP operates in Monrovia primarily catering to Ebola orphans and survivors in communities that were hardest hit by the Ebola virus.Asked when her group will decentralize its activities, Madam Roberts said plans are being worked out to render some assistance to rural orphans and survivors.“Serving humanity, especially children and others found in very difficult circumstances, is our focus,” Madam Roberts asserted.She also underscored the need for Liberians to consider the cardinal principle of giving back to one’s country in whatever professional ways that could enhance growth, development and progress.Madam Roberts, who is married with two children, further emphasized that Liberians should see the need to work with partners to stamp out the Ebola virus disease in the country.The initial funds and materials received by the EOSP were donated by some prominent Liberians, agencies and institutions in Monrovia.Among the institutions and agencies she named were the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), Novafone GSM, Lonestar Communications Corporation and dozens of philanthropic groups.Essentially, publicity and public relations activities were rendered by three independent media entities, the Catholic-run Radio Veritas, Hott Fm Radio Station, Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) and UNMIL Radio.On specific message to Liberians, Madam Roberts called on her country and on all Liberians to develop the spirit of nationalism, as demonstrated by other West Africans, such as Ghanaians and Nigerians. Among the institutions honored by ESOP were President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Musician’s Union of Liberia, Rep. Saah Joseph, Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyeswah, the Nurses’ Union, LMHRC, General Services Agency (GSA), Liberia National Police (LNP), African Union, US Embassy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), European Union, Dr. Jerry Browne of ELWA Hospital, EOSP Task Force, Coca-Cola, Cellcom GSM, and Novafone GSM and the Liberian Observer Corporation, publishers of the Daily Observer newspaper.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Major contributors to Berger’s campaign also included Timothy Hayes Financial Services, $1,600, and Dr. S.E. Moorthy, $1,000, according to the reports. During the election campaign, Berger, Rice and Snow questioned High Desert Medical Group’s ties to Parazo and two other hospital directors, Dr. John Manning and nurse-practitioner Berna Meyer, who also work at High Desert. They questioned potential conflicts of interest and whether High Desert wields undue influence. Parazo said his tenure on the board had shown there were no problems, and he said that was reflected in the public voting for Manning and Meyer in 2004. Spending in the 2006 campaign was a contrast to Antelope Valley Hospital’s 2004 board election, the costliest local election in Antelope Valley history. In the 2004 election, which drew nine candidates, nearly $585,000 was raised and more than $653,000 was spent. In that election, incumbent Dr. Abdallah Farrukh was re-elected along with Manning and Mayer. In the 2002 campaign, a total of $439,452 was raised – $267,729 by Parazo alone. Nearly 60 percent, or $157,500, of Parazo’s contributions came from High Desert Medical Group in the form of cash and nonmonetary donations. [email protected] (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They had faced, as challengers, retired firefighter Roger Berger, former board member and nurse-practitioner Deborah Rice and high school clerk Maricela Tisbert. Snow said she raised about $9,494 and spent more than $8,000. She said she had mailed in her last and final campaign report, but county officials said they had not received it. Berger raised and spent $9,388, and Rice raised $3,637 and spend that same amount, according to campaign reports filed with the county. Tisbert had indicated she did not intend to raise $1,000 or more. Reports covering the period of the last two weeks before the election show that Antelope Valley Emergency Medical Associates, the group of physicians who staff the hospital’s emergency room, contributed $3,000 each to the campaigns of Snow, Berger and Parazo. All of the money raised by Rice came from one contributor, retiree Helen Rodriguez, the reports show. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital’s most recent board election was a low-key affair with a relatively scant $120,500 spent. Re-elected hospital incumbent Dr. Don Parazo led all candidates in the money race, spending $99,481, more than four times the amount spent by the other four candidates combined. Parazo raised $67,460 – $60,000 of which was contributed by High Desert Medical Group, which employs him, according to campaign reports filed with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office. He also reported $32,238 in unpaid campaign bills. Parazo, a family-practice physician, and the other incumbent, retired registered nurse June Snow, were re-elected to the hospital’s five-member board in the November election.