Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has presented several food and non-food items to the Antoinette Tubman Chesire Home located on 9th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia.
The items include seventy five bags of 25kg rice, twenty five gallons of Agro oil, two bags of sugar, five cartoons of salt, ten bags of onion and five bags of fat milk.
Others are; nine bags of corn wheat, five cartoons of Clorox, twenty five pieces of light bulbs and two bales of blankets.
Making the donation a during a visit at the home Saturday, March 3, 2018, Vice President Howard-Taylor said, it was her own way of identifying with the underprivileged.
According to a press release from the office of the Vice President, she thanked the Antoinette Tubman Chesire Home for the continue sacrifices in catering to persons with disabilities in the country.
Vice President Howard-Taylor praised the National Lottery for partnering with her office in making available the food and non-food items to the home.
She explained that programs are being design by her office to reach out to different segments of people with disabilities, describing the donation to the Antoinette Tubman Chesire Home as a major priority in response to the conditions facing persons with disabilities who cannot take care of themselves at the home.
Vice President Howard-Taylor said, arrangements are being made with the National Lottery toward making critical interventions at the home.
She explained that such interventions will include the provision of water, electricity, and Ds-TV service and arrangements to address the issues of salaries for care-takers at the home.
According to the release from the office of the Vice President, VP-Howard-Taylor also assured that arrangements will be made with the Cooper Clinic for medical services and Ministry of Health for ambulance to cater to the home.
Vice President Howard-Taylor disclosed that human development involving people with disabilities is a major agenda for the government of President George Weah in achieving greater changes in the country, including building roads, better health care services and quality education to enable Liberians adequately compete with other Africans.
Upon receiving the donation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Antoinette Tubman Chesire Home, Emmett C.A Gooding, lauded the Vice President for her endless support to less fortunate people in the country.
Mr. Gooding expressed appreciation to Vice President Howard-Taylor for hearing the cries of the less privileged children in the country and also for identifying with them at such a crucial time.
He explained to Vice President Howard-Taylor that children living without parents are in dying need of greater opportunities to enable them to feel part of the society. “Honorable Vice President we are orphans and that alone is a bad sign for us, but we need to be loved and cared for by our government especially in providing us better education, paying our teachers and supplying us with food to enable us to grow and learn in a good environment.” “Thank you for reaching out to us this day. We all at this home wish you and the President the best in working for the advancement of our country”.
The Antoinette Tubman Chesire Home was established in 1965 for the purpose of catering to individuals with cerebral palsy and other forms of physical and mental disabilities.
The home today, has thirteen residents ranging between the ages 7 – 65, comprising of 5 females and 8 males with a management team of 12 persons.