Inversion expresses that “out of evil cometh good.” This is truly what unfolds now in the existence of the new Apostolic Foundation School following an arson attack that left the school totally destroyed about a year ago.
Although in a very old condition with rusty zinc and broken planks, the Apostolic Foundation located in Sinkor Monrovia was in 2014 consumed by a blazing fire which reportedly started from the roof during evening hours, leaving the side that contained offices, library and classrooms completely burnt down.
Following a Save Our Souls (SOS) call by the administration, Vice Principal for Administration, Alphanso D. Burgess, told the Daily Observer that members of the Apostolic Church near the James Spriggs Payne Airfield could not wait but positively responded with money and materials to facilitate its rebranding.
Besides the church members, Mr. Burgess acknowledged the generous and humanitarian roles of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Montserrado County District #9 Representative, Muna Pelham-Youngblood, former Montserrado County Senator, Joyce Musu Freeman Sumo, Maryland County Senator Gblebo Brown, Haywood Mission, among others.
According to him, these personalities and institutions have contributed cash and materials to rebuild the school thus giving it a new and modern look instead of the pervious make-shift form it was in.
“We asked our partner bank to give us a loan to reconstruct this building, but our effort yielded nothing as the bank could not respond to us. But these people and institutions I mentioned have done well to contribute to the rebuilding of this school, and we just want to appreciate them for their goodwill gesture,” he noted.
The school has now become a three-storey building containing 11 classrooms and offices, and will fully accommodate students without encountering inconveniences.
He disclosed that the administration was waiting on the Ministry of Public Works to give them the permission to erect a new edifice in the same form which will extend toward the main road.
“Our challenges remain enormous some of which are purchasing of instructional and office equipment,” the Vice Principal for Administration lamented.
The Apostolic Foundation prior to being gutted by fire, reportedly had computers and a well-equipped library, which were all wiped out in the blazing fire that wrecked the facility.
Mr. Burgess expressed hope that since Liberians responded in such a positive way to rebuilding the school, they will also make provision that will enable the administration to buy the lost equipment and books.
It may be recalled that the Apostolic Foundation was gutted by fire last year and a student believed to have failed in the school was alleged to have been the perpetrator.
According to the VPA, the student was arrested by police and turned over to Criminal Court “A” for prosecution, but he was acquitted on the basis that evidence provided against him was circumstantial and did not in any way implicate him in the incident.
With the devastation behind them, VPA Burgess remains grateful to God and those who are helping with the reconstruction of the school.