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Local orphanage NDThe head of a local orphanage has described the lack of care and support for orphans in Liberia. Reverend Eva Diggs said it is unfortunate that the society has despised and neglected orphans amidst serious economic challenges engulfing the country.

Speaking at a donation program over the weekend, Rev. Diggs said it is worrisome for the national government to abandon orphans, who maybecome future national leaders. According to her, the action of the government, especially the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is scaring and terrible, noting that such attitude of the government endangers the future of children, who some were made orphans as a result of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease and some other natural disasters.

She noted that the education and welfare of children are left with owners of orphanages, who are single-handedlyrunning such programs with little resources.  Rev. Diggs reminded that orphans are not outcast as some people in the society may think.

She made these comments over the weekend when an organization called Professional Distain Friends, donated school materials, including copybooks and book bags to her orphanage.

The head of the Center for the Advancement of Liberian Youth, Nya Twayen, speaking earlier, said the intent of the exercise is to reach out to the less fortunate in society, adding that orphans, many of whom are kids, have promising future.
The group donated book bags, copybooks, food items to four orphanages in Monrovia and its environs and promised to always be in touch with the administrators of those orphanages for future assistance.

Govt. abandons orphans – Edited by Jonathan Browne

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