The founder of the Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation (ATDMF), Mrs. Saya Doe Sio, along with her husband, Francis K. Sio and others, has shown the love of Jesus Christ to kids in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, by washing their feet with warm water as Christ did in the Bible.
After washing each of the 150 children’s feet with soap and water, the Sios and others slipped on the pupils’ feet new pairs of white socks and shoes.
Mrs. Sio stated that the washing of the kids’ feet symbolizes “humility.”
According to Sio, who is chairman of the ATDMF, the shoes were donated to her foundation by Samaritan’s Feet, a US-based Christian organization, which brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ along with new pairs of socks and shoes.
Speaking with the Daily Observer over the weekend, she stated that her foundation is Christian-based and as such was doing what the Lord Jesus Christ had taught His followers to do.
In the 13th chapter of St. John, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and told them to do so for each other.
Mrs. Sio stated that the founder of Samaritan’s Feet gave her foundation 250 pairs of shoes for the kids in Liberia.
The ATDMF founder further said that the foundation’s goal is to expand the distribution of the shoes until every boy and girl can have a new pair of shoes.
She started with kids of the ATDM Academy, which is a semi-elementary school, which her foundation owns and operates in the port city of Buchanan.
The ATDM Academy is a free-of-charge primary school for kids in Buchanan. The school now runs from nursery to grade 2. It supplies students with uniforms, text and note books, pencils and pens and book bags.
The staff and teachers of the academy are paid from donations received by the Sios.
Mrs. Sio told the Daily Observer that her foundation’s mission is to empower today’s generation for a better tomorrow by providing free primary Christian-based education to underserved and marginalized communities in Liberia.
“Every Child deserves the right to a sound education. Our goal is to stop the epidemic of high illiteracy rates among children in marginalized communities by providing free primary Christian education to over 200 young Liberians from Pre K through 6th grade,” she explained.