Africare Donates School Kits, Financial Support to ‘Ebola Orphans’

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Africare-Liberia, a nonprofit organization, yesterday donated several school kits and a cheque of US$2,500 to the administration of the J.W. Harris Memorial School/Foundation in Monrovia.
The school kits and the money, according to Africare Program Coordinator, Celestine W. Browne, are to benefit the over 500 Ebola made orphans and the “destitute children” who are attending the school.
The “destitute children” were understandably recruited from the streets, while the next of kin to the orphans were equally encouraged to send them (orphans) to the school “free-of-charge,” the school proprietor, Amos P. Wisseh, has disclosed with gratitude to Africare-Liberia.
Ernest Gaie, Africare-Liberia Country Director said the project is being funded by an American-based Western Union Foundation as part of their corporate social responsibility to assist Ebola afflicted children, the orphans and the voluntary children (OVC).
The Western Union, according to Mr. Gaie, has also committed itself to provide additional US$25,000 grant to support vocation and technical trainings for Ebola affected youths across the country.
Prior to the presentation ceremony yesterday at the school campus in Banjor, Brewerville, outside Monrovia, Africare-Liberia and the J.W. Harris Memorial School have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
In the MOU, Ms Browne said, Africare-Liberia is to provide one-off school kits including student stationery, and supplies including backpack, composition books, geometry set, pens and pencils.
To further provide a monthly financial support of US$50 each for 50 Ebola made orphans and those of the orphans voluntary children (OVC) under residential care and support of J.W. Harris Foundation for a period of three months.
In the main time also, Africare representative will monitor the distribution exercise of the supply and status of the children at school and their respective homes.
As for the use of the money, J.W. Harris School/Foundation will provide monthly lunch and other basic necessities for the 50 Ebola made orphans and OVC under the residential care of the foundation; distribute the school kits to the students in the same category, and submit to Africare receipts and related documentation for funds provided by the entity for lunch and other basic necessities allowance.
The school will also submit reports of assistance and progress of children including human interest stories of children and their host families. The reports, accordingly, should include photos the each of the beneficiaries.
Madam Esther Hinnie, who also lost one of her sons to the Ebola outbreak, on behalf of the parents who represented parents of the orphans, expressed gratitude to the J.W. Harris Foundation and the Africare-Liberia families for their “timely intervention into the lives of their vulnerable children that are also eager to acquire formal education.”

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