Abandoned dumb and deaf’ orphan children at the Home of the Abandoned Death and Dumb children school in Chocolate City, Gardnersville have benefited from a donation of stationery and other school materials, as well as play-toys from the NGO, Butterfly.
The donation was made following an appeal by the school authority to Butterfly. The school complained about the lack of logistical support for the deaf and dumb children. Over 125 abandoned kids are said to be undergoing difficulties to include the lack of mattresses and funds to feed them. Butterfly, however, donated copy books, pencils, pens and books in sign language for the kids.
The Director and founder of the Home of the Abandoned Deaf’ and Dumb Children school, Terrence Doe emphasized the need for government to pay more attention to abandoned kids, especially the deaf’ and dumb.
Mr. Doe said the support received from the government is limited to sustain the kids on the campus. He noted that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare continues to send deaf and dumb kids to the school for admission.
He also spoke about the lack of funds for the salaries of teachers, adding that the government, through the Health Ministry gives an annual amount of US$ 150.00 for feeding and others.
He, however, called on well meaning Liberians, NGOs and other humanitarians to assist the school. Mr. Doe said most of the kids are orphan, while others were abandoned by the communities in which they lived. Receiving the donation from the NGO Butterfly, Mr. Doe thanked the organization for its gesture, promising to use the materials for its intended purposes.
The head of Butterfly, Lisa Viau expressed pleasure in helping the under-privileged around the world. She said her group will continue to support the work of others who are in the business of helping the needy and under-privileged.
The head of Butterfly in Monrovia noted that the donation was part of her vision to undertake the construction of a permanent school building for the mostly under-privileged inhabitants around the world. According to Lisa, there were big plans, but her organization has decided to take it one step at a time.
Madame Viau’s first move was to help rehabilitate a school in the Firestone Plantation area with a generator to help facilitate its computer training program, followed by a series of donations to local churches, schools and orphanages.
She also said that her parent organization, “Associations Pappilons”, which is based in France, have already given their fullest support to this initiative.