Opposition Vision for Liberia Transformation Party (VOLT) political leader Dr. Jeremiah Z. Whapoe announces a half million Liberian Dollar financial assistance intended to help pay tuition for kids whose parents are facing social and economic challenges to meet their needs.
Launching his “No Child Left Behind” initiative at VOLT office in Sinkor Thursday, 11 February, Dr. Whapoe said he has been giving such help over the years, but this particular initiative is being undertaken after a business friend in the United States asked him to identify few kids that need to benefit from the scholarship program.
Based on that, he says he brought the families of these kids that are benefitting to see what their situation is, saying he is happy to make such intervention.
“So having been informed about the social and economic status of our citizens in post war Liberia, the Vision for Liberia Transformation Party, through its political leader Dr. Whapoe, is pleased to offer you the No Child Left Behind financial assistance to help you maximize your potential,” the certificate awarded to each of the seven beneficiaries reads. Dr. Whapoe says he intends to put half of million U.S. Dollars into the initiative, revealing that he has the money available.
But he makes it a requirement for each of the parents of the seven kids to bring report cards of their kids so that the office can be able to make further assistance available for the next semester. Dr. Whapoe announces that in addition to paying the tuition of the kids, their parents should also reach out to him when they need food and help for medication, saying he strongly believes that there should be no child left behind.
“And equally, I want to encourage all parents whose kids will be benefiting from our No Child Left Behind initiative today, that even if there is hunger in your home, please contact us. We will feed our students until they can complete the semester,” he says.
“If the child is sick, you cannot make it, contact us so we can be able to help them … go to hospital,” he adds. He notes that he has decided to extend helping hand to the seven students who have qualified based on the financial situation of the nation and the situation that their parents are going through.
Referencing a biblical guidance for one to be his brother’s keeper, Dr. Whapoe says the only thing you can do to be your brother’s keeper is to identify with someone when they are in need.He appreciates the parents for demonstrating that they actually needed the help by the way they made efforts to attend to calls and even reaching out to his office.
In separate responses, the parents including Helena Davis, Tata Fanta Kamara, Cecelia Davis and Abraham Zayzay, expressed gratitude to Dr. Whapoe and the VOLT party for the initiative, wishing him God’s blessing.
By Winston W. Parley