As part of efforts to alleviate educational challenges and to enhance the learning process for kids, more than 27 students at the Garden of Life School in West Point have benefited from a non-for-profit organization “Olives Project International (OPI).
The items which were distributed to beneficiaries at different locations in Montserrado on January 15, 2021, included copybooks, pens, book bags, play toys, personal hygiene package amongst others. The beneficiaries also in turn expressed gratitude to the OPI family for the timely gesture.
OPI Executive Director, Yongor Olive Morris, told the Daily Observer that amid the challenges couple with the global pandemic, some parents cannot afford to buy such school materials for their children, and “This is why my organization thought it wise to identify with them during this challenging time.”
Ms. Morris said: “We have identified three (3) locations, Todee, which are in rural Montserrado, and we also have an upcoming donation at the CH Rennie Hospitall.”
She said to help alleviate the shortage of arm-chairs in schools in the country, the OPI has launched a 500 annual chair project for Liberian schools in fulfilment of its educational program.
She noted that OPI in its quest to help in the educational sector has a program called “Chairs for Liberia,” and this program seeks to solicit assistance from families and friends.
In 2019, OPI made a donation of 50 chairs to the Assembly of God Mission High School in Jacob Town, Paynesville.
Ms. Morris expressed pity over the learning environment of these kids, and she believes that when collective efforts are made, there will be an increase eventually in the percentage of youths that can enroll in an academy or other training programs.
At the same time, Ms. Morris disclosed that OPI has other packages that will be handed over in the delivery wall at the C. H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata Margibi County
As part of the organization’s kind gesture, she says they will hand over some blankets and other health-related materials to the hospital. “We are also going to give back to the needy in other parts of Margibi.”
OPI was registered and launched in 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Its office is currently situated in Kakata Margibi County. Meanwhile, Ms. Morris has underscored the need for Liberians to uphold the integrity which is key to every endeavour.
She pleaded with Liberians to support one another in everything that will benefit the Country.
Roland Koffa, a resident of West Point, lauded the organization for the support to the students. Mr. Koffa 49, described the assistance from OPI as timely because many parents during the COVID-19 could not afford, a situation he said made many kids to stay out of school.