A local nongovernmental organization, Calvary of Hope Foundation, has embarked on the distribution of assorted materials to vulnerable children in various communities.
The group stressed a need to respond to children, who were made orphans by the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia in 2014. Speaking with reporters at the donation in Fiamah community, Sinkor over the weekend, the Executive Director for the Foundation, Paul Garyezon explained that since the Ebola virus disease hit the country, many children in Montserrado, Bong, and other counties became homeless after the virus took away their parents.
“We can’t sit and watch these innocent children to suffer; it is based upon this we are engaging in addressing the needs of children that are vulnerable in Montserrado and Bong Counties, respectively”, he said. Recently, the Foundation through its international partners – Liberia Sweden Association, donated assorted medical materials to several local health centers, and less privileged children in the country.
Executive Director Garyezon also narrated that the assorted materials were brought into the country through the assistance of one of his board chairmen, Emmanuel Shaman,for vulnerable people, especially children.
According to him, the board and its members decided to distribute the materials to community health centers that have been contributing to the growth and development of the country, particularly during the outbreak here.
He named communities that benefited from the distribution as West Point, Fiamah, and 24th Street communities, among others. However, the local humanitarian pointed out that his organization is also focusing on the education of less fortune children, disclosing that they are providing free education and scholarship to over 600 children both in Montserrado and Bong Counties.
He said the Foundation is concern about the future of Liberian children, stressing that that the only major assistant any well intentioned organization can provide to a child is education and health. Garyezon added that the idea of educating a child is to enable him to be able stand on his own, saying, “Once the children are going to school, definitely they will be in the position to contribute greatly to the society and the world at large.”
He reveled that the Foundation is conducting assessment in various communities to assist children, whose parents are unable to support their education. The executive director, who is also a youth advocate, said each child has right to education, something that his origination will not relent in ensuring that less fortunate children across the country acquire the right kind of education.
By Lewis S. Teh – Edited by Jonathan Browne