Parents and guardians of public schools’ pupils may not now have to worry about giving their children lunch money or food as the Ministry of Education has received food items valued over US$400,000.
Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai Monday, October 12, turned over to that Ministry the food consignment, which was donated through his office by His Church, a charity organization in the United Kingdom. The organization, His Church, is headed by Reverend Trevor Cockings.
In brief remarks at the Freeport of Monrovia, where he turned over the items to the Ministry of Education, VP Boakai said that is to help feed Liberian children while they are in school.
He praised and thanked Rev. Cockings for standing by Liberians even during the Ebola crisis.
“During the crisis, we appealed to him to also identify with Sierra Leone and Guinea and he sent us two 40-foot containers of tuna fish, which we sent to those countries,” the VP stated.
Receiving the items, Ms. Romelle A. Horton, Deputy Education Minister said that school feeding helps with the retention of the children, keeping attentive in classes.
“So, when we have our students fed, more of them will stay in school as oppose to dropping out of school because of hunger,” she added.
The Deputy Education Minister stated that her Ministry was grateful for the gifts that would keep kids in schools.
Institutions that are expected to benefit from the donation are public schools, special needs, or less-privileged schools.
The VP’s office received six containers from His Church. Three of the containers, contained 17,010 cases of couscous and the other three contained 5,139 cases of tuna fish.