Two orphanages in Liberia have benefited from a donation of assorted food items, including rice. The Love A Child Orphanage and ELWUO Daycare and Child Welfare Orphanage received over 25 bags of rice, vegetable oil, bales of used clothes, onions, flour, toothpaste and cubes, while the Healthpage Liberia Special Needs Daycare received rice, oil and flour.
Making the donations recently, the charity group- Citizens Organized for the Promotion of Transparency and Accountability or COPTA, said the gesture was in partnership with the Liberian American Veterans Association or LAVA.
As part of efforts to identify with children made orphans by the Ebola Virus Disease or EVD, LAVA, through COPTA, made the donations to the two orphanages and a Special Needs Daycare.
During the first donation at the Love a Child Orphanage, the group’s Executive Director, Mrs. Christine Brooks-Jarrett, said her organization was pleased to identify with the less-fortunate.
In separate remarks, the heads of the two orphanages praised COPTA and its United States-based partner- LAVA, for the gesture, urging them to continue such great job for orphans.
The Proprietress and founder of the Love a Child Orphanage, Rebecca Wreh, welcomed the group and thanked them for the donation to the kids, describing the gesture as wonderful.
She urged other humanitarian groups to follow the great examples of COPTA and its partners in the United States, noting that when the orphans are well taken care of, they would have a positive story to tell in future.
The cost of the donations is put at US$2000 contributed by LAVA to purchase the items for the orphanages.
Speacking on behalf of Healthpage Liberia Special Needs Daycare, Mrs. Charlesetta N. Williams, CEO, expressed gratitude to LAVA and praised God for the new breed of Liberians, who are striving to make a difference.
The Liberian American Veterans Association is a non-for-profit and non-political organization, comprising past and current United States Service members of Liberian backgrounds.
LAVA was established in May 2007 to be a networking medium for its members, provide mentorship to junior service members, and offer guidance to young Liberians in the United States interested in pursuing careers in the U.S. Military.
LAVA is also involved with advocating for issues that affect greater communities, including undertaking initiatives to better the lives of the underprivileged.
By Ethel A. Tweh