Girls As Partners, Incorporated – a local NGO in Maryland County through assistance of partners has enrolled 10 female students with ages 10 and 14 in various elementary schools in Harper City.
Executive Director Ms Patience Handful Dalieh, says the aim of providing financial aid to the girls is to change the narrative of education of the girl’s ch in rural Liberia. Ms Dalieh notes that for too long, girls children in rural Liberia have not been given opportunities to compete with their counterparts in urban communities.
She continues that giving girl’s education at an early age, broaden their minds to seek their own opportunities. The ten girls are all in the elementary division of various schools in Harper City. The organization is expected to extend similar gesture to other parts of Maryland County and subsequently, the entire southeastern region of Liberia.
Patience Dalieh discloses that funding was made available through a philanthropic gesture of Mrs. Bessie Jaffa Thomas, Executive Director of The Bessie Jaffa Girls Winning Project.
She maintains that the entity intends to make it large by providing school materials to the beneficiaries and increase the number of beneficiaries by next academic year. Mrs. Bessie Jaffa Thomas, is a Marylander residing in the United States America.
She says the selection of those benefiting now was based on their splendid performances from last academic year. Girls As Partners Inc. (GAP Inc.) is a non-profit organization that seeks the welfare of the girl child in all aspects of life. It became operational during the Ebola crisis in 2014, when Executive Director Patience Dalieh single-handedly donated sanitary products to some churches across Gardnerville in Monrovia.
Upon relocating to Harper, Maryland for job purposes in 2015, she continued her humanitarian gesture by giving out food and non-food items to female prisoners every Christmas at the Harper Central Prison in Maryland. Ms. Dalieh says she and the beneficiaries are expected to celebrate Christmas with female inmates at the Harper Central prison and is therefore calling on kind-hearted Liberians to help the organization with toiletries, food items or cash to make sure these inmates celebrate Christmas happily.
She notes that when love is shown to inmates, they will become changed women and men who will contribute to society upon serving their sentences. Ms. Dalieh is also Station Manager of Phoenix FM 102.7 MHz, operated by the William V. S. Tubman University in Tubman town, Harper City.
By George K. Momo from Maryland-Editing by Jonathan Browne