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UW-Madison alum Vakunta leads developmental program for Ebola survivors

January 19, 2017
This month Project 1808, led by School of Education alumna Linda Vakunta, launched the Ebola Survivors Livelihood Skills development program. 

Linda Vakunta
Vakunta earned her master’s degree in rehabilitation psychology from the School of Education in 2011 and is both the program lead and Project 1808 executive director. 

The program is funded by a one-year grant from the Sierra Leone U.S. Embassy office and is expected to train over 70 Ebola survivors at Rokel in computer training, catering, driving and tailoring. 

An article posted to the Project 1808 website quotes Vakunta as saying: "After engaging in conversations with survivors and executives of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola survivors, it was evident that the critical concern was long term solutions to their everyday challenges."

Vakunta says they are currently seeking other partners and funding sources so Project 1808 can hopefully be able to continue to provide these training courses free of charge in the future.