Ms. Eltee Kanneh is in her second year in a local university in Monrovia, majoring in management. But she told the Daily Observer that her passion is in helping children who are troubled.
“That’s why I’m a social worker with the Street Child of Liberia,” she said in an interview recently, in Monrovia.
Known among her friends as Eltee, she told this newspaper that though she is majoring in management, “helping children is her passion.”
Now working along with a team of social workers in central Monrovia, Eltee was first assigned to the VOA community, (outside Monrovia) identifying and registering troubled children who later received educational and sustainable benefits from Street Child.
“For three months I worked along with fellow social workers in VOA,” Eltee said, “Though the assignment is time consuming and sometimes parents and guardians seem not to appreciate your presence, aware that we are doing it for their children keep me going.”
Eltee and her friends cover several areas, including Mamba Point, Buzzy Quarters, Slipway, Gurley Street, Crown Hill and Capitol Bypass.
“We have children who are benefitting from Street Child programs residing in those communities, and we make periodic visits to make sure that things are working fine with them,” Eltee said.
She said the children were once living in the street by themselves. “We collected from the street and reunited them with their parents, and sometimes with their guardians,” she explained.
Eltee noted that having established contact with the affected parents, Street Child would begin to provide some urgent interventions, including confidence building, psycho-social counseling and reunification.
“This is where Street Child comes in with sustainability,” she added, “with the provision of a business scheme, including seed money parents or guardians are empowered to provide for the children.”
The Sustainability Project, she said is under Mrs. June-Rose Dangbuah as its coordinator. It has helped more than 600 families, with a staggering number of more than 1,500 school-going children in communities in Montserrado, Bomi, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Grand Cape Mount counties.
Eltee said Street Child of Liberia ensures that the children are encouraged to return to school, making full payment of fees, in schools of their choice.
“I cannot see myself doing any other job other than helping children who need focus to direct their lives,” Eltee said. “It is the passion to help the kids that keeps me, along with other social workers, going.”
There are about 70 social workers with Street Child of Liberia.