The training was organized by the Ebola Survivors Association in collaboration with the West Africa Ebola Survivors Affected organization with funding from the resilience fund through PCI Media International. The event brought together survivors from Bong, Margibi, Grand Bassa, and Cape Mount Counties.
According to Mr. Korlia Bonarwolo, President of the Ebola Survivors Network of Liberia, for the past four months members of his organization have been train in the areas of project proposal writing, outreach and communication skill, and psychosocial counseling, among others.
Bonarwolo said the training has impacted the lives of the survivors in that they will serve as ambassadors for their various communities.
He called on Liberians to see survivors as people of positive change and not people that are harmful to society.
He said there remains a serious challenge when it comes to the welfare of Ebola survivors from government and this must stop.
Mr. Bonarwolo indicated that for too long government has allegedly suppressed Ebola survivors group especially when it comes to their welfare.
He stressed that now was the time that government stops selecting one group of survivors’ organization at the detriment of others.
Meanwhile, some of the participants who spoke to the Capitol Times expressed appreciation for the training.
Henrietta Johnson and George Smith said the training afforded them the opportunity to be self-confident even if they are stigmatized by society.
The survivors want Liberians to understand that Ebola survivors are not the virus and should not be neglected by society.
They maintain that Ebola survivors should be seen as national heroes.