Alfalit International Liberia in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Liberia-Ghana Mission (L-GM) have awarded full scholarships to 60 Ebola orphans in the country.
Evelyn Kpadeh Segbeh, Alfalit’s communication and program promotion officer, said the entity has been in the vanguard of providing educational support to vulnerable Liberian children.
She said the scholarships were made possible through a request from the Gender Ministry that is in search of external sources to support the orphans.
Segbeh said before the orphans were awarded the scholarships, the L-GM earlier sent a team to authenticate whether they truly lost their parents to the Ebola menace that plagued the country in 2014 and 2015.
The award ceremony, which was held recently at the L-GM head offices in Congo Town, brought together 16 schools from various communities across the country.
“Our statistics show that some of the schools registered three to four students, and that the mission will sign a memorandum of understanding with authorities of those schools where the orphans are attending before the students can benefit from the scholarship,” she said.
Though the mission is yet to set the duration for the scholarships, the number of beneficiaries is very large because this is the first time the exercise has been launched in the country, she added.
Alfalit International Liberia is a non governmental organization that provides community and human development services, teaching people to read and write, and provides job skills for thousands of Liberian beneficiaries of their services.
It was established in Liberia in 2006 under the country’s Business Law and has since been duly accredited by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.
Currently, Alfalit Liberia operates in Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Bong, Bomi, and Margibi counties, with 81 literacy centers functioning with 185 facilitators (teachers) and 10 coordinators.