By Emmanuel Mondaye
The SOS Children Village outside Monrovia has enrolled 30 children of the Hope in God Association of the Blind (HIGAB) Inc. into the SOS Village.
The enrollment comes in line with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached on 8 September among SOS, Gender Minister, Ministry of Health and HIGAB Inc.
The agreement was signed by Deputy Gender Minister Lydia Sherman, a representative of SOS Children Village and the president of HIGAB Mr. Johnson K Dorbor.
The agreement states that the 30 blind children are entrusted from HIGAB to the Government of Liberia (GoL) and to the SOS Children Village to be provided education and other care.
Accordingly, the SOS Children Village would also cater to the blind children through primary to high school and college level, respectively.
Presenting the 30 blind kids to the government, the National Director of HIGAB Mr. Johnson K. Dorbor said that the agreement entered into with the SOS Management and Government is the first of its kind since 2002 when HIGAB consistently applied to the SOS Village for children of the institution to enroll at the mission and be provided care.
He narrates that the acceptance of the 30 children by the SOS Children Village has significantly reduced the financial load that his entity undergoes when the children were previously being cared for by his institution.
For her part, Deputy Gender Minister Madam Lydia Sherman emphasizes that it is government’s responsibility to properly coordinate the activities of persons living with disabilities to ensure that their rights are not abused by would – be care providers.
Madam Sherman expresses gratitude to the Management of the SOS Children Village for accepting the 30 children whose parents are not financially strong to provide education and other care for their children.
Meanwhile, the SOS Children Village assures government and HIGAB of its desire to care for the 30 children whose future the SOS is very concerned about.–Edited by Winston W. Parley