It was all smiles when the Delivering Good Health Community Services (DGHCS) donated several food and other items as Christmas gifts to over one hundred orphans from three orphanages in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
The orphanage centers are God’s Heritage, World Champions Orphanage Center (WCOC) and Mission for Orphans and Disabled Children (MODUC).
They received several bags of rice, gallons of cooking oil, canned food, clothes, footwear and cash.
Making the presentation the Country Coordinator of DGHCS, Araminta Talery, said the organization, with support from the United States, was committed to improving the health and social welfare of women and children living in slum communities and orphanages in Liberia. “What we stand for is to bring hope to our future generation, make the less fortunate smile and wipe away the tears of orphans,” she said.
She said The Donohue Family Foundation in the United States contributed to the donations and is one of the dependable partners in mobilizing resources to support less fortunate children in Liberia.
One of the beneficiaries, Monie Mongar, 10, is one of the orphans who lost both parents to Ebola. She broke down in tears when she received clothes and shoes.
“I am crying because by this time of December, my parents would buy my clothes and shoes for the Christmas. The clothes and other materials brought by this organization make me to think about my mother,” Monger said in tears.
A youth identified only as Joshua, 14, received a pair of sneakers and clothes for Christmas. Joshua held the items close to his chest, stood still looking in the same direction while his eyes suddenly filled with tears.
He said he couldn’t eat for days and had only one suit to wear. “When I wash my trousers, I had to tie the shirt around my wrist to cover my nakedness. I visited homes daily in the communities to wash dishes, clothes and at time cut grass to get a meal for the day,” he said.
Joshua lost his mother three years ago in child birth and his father two years later in a motor accident. He is, however, thankful to God for WCOC “that continues to take care of me.”
Another boy, David who was abandoned by his parents, was among the excited children expressing gratitude to the organization. “We will eat plenty food and wear good clothes on Christmas day. At least we will not worry again about what we are going to wear or eat on that day,” he said.
The CEO for DGHCS, Madam Nallie Brumskine Moore, sent a special greeting card to Liberian children with a message of hope. “We will continue the engagement with our partners to tell your stories, explore the context in which you live and share the challenges you face for possible assistance,” it read.