Friends of Tabou (FoT), a non-governmental organization comprising solely Liberians who once lived in Tabou, Ivory Coast, as refugees has donated several assorted food and sanitary items to children of the Good Samaritan Orphanage, the second most populated and impoverished orphanage in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.
Items donated over the weekend included 10 bags of rice, a large container of cooking oil, toiletries and cleaning items that cost about US$600.
Martha Howard, one of the administrators at the Good Samaritan Orphanage, described the donation as “a timely intervention.
“We were not expecting this donation, but thank God it came as a blessing. We were just a day away from running out of food, and other needed household items when the donation came for the children,” Madam Howard said while thanking FoT’s leadership.
She assured them that the items will help to maintain the orphans and those taking care of them at least for a month. “Therefore I want this partnership you started with us to continue, and that it should not just be the last.”
Madam Howard further appealed to members of the organization to provide school aid, which she said will help the orphans who graduated from elementary school to continue their education.
“ Food is life, but education determines the future. So it is important that we build the future of the orphans so when they grow up, they can live a better life,” she said.
FoT President Jarlawah A. Tonpo assured the children and Good Samaritan administration of the organization’s continued support at all times.
He assured them that FoT leadership will look into their appeal for school fees, “because we are going to help, but it will depend on our general consensus.”
He said that the return of refugees after the official end of the Liberian civil crisis in 2003 led them to start the FoT, to help destitute institutions and individuals in society, especially those who are physically challenged.
“While in displaced camps in neighboring countries, many of us were sponsored by other people, a situation that motivated each of our members to reach out to others in need, because many of us who were sponsored while in exile continue to be blessed through the Almighty God. And so we think it is important to also share with others the little we have acquired,” Mr. Tonpo said.