Honoring Liberia’s First Orphanage Founder

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Mother Victoria B. Young, the first Liberian to establish an orphanage home, the Fatima Cottage, in Liberia in the 1970’s, will be honored during the ‘Mother Victoria B. Young Excellence Award’ program on December 15, at the YMCA Conference Hall on Broad Street, Monrovia.

“We will officially launch the annual award program designed to honor top performing students at orphanage run schools across Liberia. The award ceremony will also honor individuals and institutions that are contributing to the wellbeing of children living in orphanages as well as the orphans across Liberia,” stated Amos Sawboh, the Executive Director of Orphans Concern-Liberia.

In honoring Mother Young, Mr. Sawboh wants to appreciate her lifelong efforts in seeing to it that Liberian orphans are taken care of.

“The award is named in honor of Mother Young for providing homes for hundreds of orphans and indigent children during the civil war,” he said in a press release.
Meanwhile, Mother Young, 92, still runs the Fatima Cottage Orphanage Mission in the Township of Dixeville that continues to cater for orphans.

“Mother Young has contributed immensely to orphans and less fortunate children. Because of this, youths that grew up in orphanages have seen it prudent that this award be given to individuals and institutions that are contributing to orphans. It is about time to celebrate this servant and humanitarian, Mother Young, while she is alive for the sacrifices she has rendered to save the lives of many current and future leaders,” Sawboh added.

According to the press release, over 300 children who reside at various orphanages, as well as administrators, caregivers and leadership of the National Union of Orphanages and Children’s Welfare Institutions and prominent people and institutions in the Liberian society will be present at the occasion.

Orphans Concern-Liberia is a group that consists of more than 200 former orphans and indigent children who once lived at various orphanages during and after the civil war in Liberia, as well as individuals with the passion for seeking the welfare of orphans.

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