A non-profit organization, Community Service (Liberia) Incorporated (COMSLIB), last Wednesday announced a scholarship fund to underwrite the 2016/17 academic fees for Ebola orphans across the country.
The fund which will cover 500 scholarships was established under the principle, “Leave No Ebola Victim’s Child Behind.”
At the launch in Monrovia, COMSLIB’s Board Chair George Gyude Wisner II said the, “The scholarship fund drive project will also provide educational materials such as shoes, book bags, uniforms, textbooks, stationeries, among others, to the beneficiaries.” He said the scholarships for the orphans will be named in honor of a prominent Liberian who dedicated half a century of his life to educating Liberians regardless of political affiliation, cultural association, economic status and geographical orientations for more than 50 years,” declared founder and CEO Simeon Sebastian Kormon.
Mr. Kormon said it launched the initiative to assist the government and its partners to deliver educational assistance to children under 18 who are under parental care.
The project, he said, will also identify parents of children in the Diaspora for resettlement and sponsorships.
COMSLIB’s President, Michael Yeaney Dehmie, said: “It has come to our attention that there are many children facing difficulties in pursuing education in 2016 because of the loss of parents as well as increments in the family size of caregivers (aunties, uncles or family friends), who are looking after these children.”
Mr. Dehmie said in order to launch the COMSLIB Ebola Victims Scholarship Fund Drive several concerts are scheduled for October 9, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Effort Baptist Church; Jubilee Church; Calvary Baptist Church; Lakpazee Community Church; Harvest Baptist Church; and the Sinkor United Pentecostal Church, respectively.
In addition to the concerts, there will be awards presented to honest, dedicated and committed Liberians who have contributed towards Liberia’s socio-economic transformation and development for about a decade.
Awards will be given in the categories of Patriotism; Integrity; Religious Tolerance; Ministerial; Capacity Building and Youth; Medical Innovation; Medical Humanitarian; Prolific Sanitation; Invaluable Service; Scholarship; Conscience of Our Nation; and Leadership.
Mr. Wisner has assured potential scholarship beneficiaries of COMSLIB’s commitment to do its best nationally and internationally so that no child victimized by Ebola is left unattended.
COMSLIB Inc. is a non-profit non-governmental and charitable Liberian-based organization whose primary objective is to assist Liberian children to improve their numeracy and literacy skills.
The organization has an international affiliate partner in Australia that will build staff capacity and provide technical assistance to project staff in order to achieve its scholarship objectives.