Refuge Place International (RPI) a not for profit organization hugely investing in affordable healthcare services for Liberians has identified with several persons with disabilities and less-privileged families in various communities in Montserrado and Lofa counties, respectively.
In the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Corporation (LPRC) neighborhood, visually- impaired school administrator and his staff and students expressed gratitude to RPI for providing them Christmas gifts.
Rev. Wilfred Gewon, President of United Blind Association (UBA) said food items and other gifts received from Refuge Place International came in at the appropriate time, owing to the fact that there was no money to have afforded food and other important household items.
“We hardly get any support from anyone or organization since we came into existence. We are thankful to the Refuge Place International family for giving us over 10 bags of rice, and other things we can use to even cook the rice with. They have done extremely well and we will forever remain grateful to them for their love shown us and commitment to be our good friends not only when it is Christmas, but at all times,” Rev. Gewon said.
The UBA executive, who also runs a school, said he has also made requests to RPI to help physically-challenged men, women and children at the institution.
“There is no water on campus and it is causing us so much challenge. We are visually impaired and having to travel all around the community in search of water during the dry season is painful. We have poly-tank with the capacity of 500 gallons but it is not in use now because there is no connection,” he said.
Another request Gewon said he has presented to RPI is that the buildings he and his dependents reside in are dilapidated and leaking, so he would be happy if Refuge Place International could also extend their helping hand to do the repairs.
He added that children enrolled in the school, most of whom are visually-impaired pay little in terms of fees that can’t meet their needs, but as a calling, he and his team have seen themselves as guardians who must do all that is right to help the children.
“A lady that I know personally has five children but one of them is blind. She brought this child to our school and sent the other children to Cathedral, B. W. Harris and St. Theresa Convent. She is spending huge sums of money for them but does not bring any money for the care of the child she brought to us. All she could tell me when I asked her why, she said she is spending on those she feels will benefit her tomorrow,” Gewon narrated, as he took deep breath.
Bill Passaway and John Larmin, residents of Nyama Town and Low Cost Village (rural parts) near Bentol, administrative capital of Montserrado, also expressed gratitude to Refuge Place International for identifying with them during the festive seasons.
“Refuge Place International has almost completed building a very low cost clinic for us here. So far, what has remained is the palaver hut for people to sit and wait for their loved ones who will come for treatment and a few things, like furnishing the clinic,” Bill Passaway, RPI’s project manager said via telephone.
John Larmin, RPI’s coordinator residing in Low Cost Village said the services at RPI’s clinic are still in full swing and residents are directly benefiting without any worry of having more money before receiving better and quality healthcare services.
“We are immensely grateful to Dr. Mosoka Fallah for this great vision and we will at all times continue to support this endeavor for the benefit of our people whom we serve,” Larmin said.
Mrs. Franzetta Fallah Nyanford, head of RPI’s delegation distributing food and non-food items to targeted groups, said she was amazed to have seen joy in the faces of people they served.
“An old lady who has for many years relied only on selling dry firewood to make living broke down in tears when we met her and handed over to her a bag of rice, cubes, salt and other things for her Christmas. She told us that our outreach was the first ever to have given her anything, most especially during festive seasons,” Mrs. Nyanford explained.
She said residents in Quassanda, a Town in Lofa County also received rice and other items as residents celebrated Christmas.
“We don’t have much. We are not millionaires but we are humanitarians. With the ceaseless support from our partners here and abroad, we will never relent in helping our people who are so much in need of better lives,” she concluded.
Refuge Place International (RPI) was founded and generally supervised by Dr. Mosoka Fallah, a graduate from the medical school of the prestigious Harvard University in America and former Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL).