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Orphans Concern plans gala to raise $20,000

By Bridgett Milton

Orphans Concern in Liberia is expected to host its inaugural gala dubbed, Orphans Concern Partners Connect Gala.

 The gala is expected to bring together partners, sponsors, dignitaries, and members of the public to raise funds to support the organization’s work in 2023. 

Executive Director Amos Sowboh, said the organization is currently providing education, infrastructure, food, and other basic support to orphans and orphanages across Liberia. 

Sowboh said having worked to provide safe spaces for children living across orphanages and orphans in family homes, the organization is currently providing vocational education for adults, who are transitioning from orphanages to acquire skills in plumbing, masonry, and auto mechanic, amongst other handy skills.

He said as part of infrastructure development at orphanages, the organization has renovated and reconditioned bathrooms, dining halls, roof work, and playgrounds across 11 orphanages since 2020.

“The gala is expected to raise USD 20,000 which will be used to help orphanages and orphans”, he explained.

He said since 2014, orphans concern has worked with 36 orphanages and provided food, clothing, education, and other basic support to 87 orphans of Ebola and families caring for orphans in family homes, adding that in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown, the organization provided safe drinking, food, and cash to 19 orphanages.

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He observed that many girls leaving orphanages after a year or two become early mothers and boys leaving turn to bike riding, drugs, and other harmful vices. 

Speaking to this paper over the weekend Mr. Sowboh said the organization believes that giving adult orphans livelihood skills would provide them a balance after the orphanage. 

He said this year’s gala will be hosted at Bella Casa Hotel in Sinkor on December 16. Orphans Concern leads and hosts orphans Sundays across Liberia to support its work. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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