In line with the Friends of Tabou’s (FOT) recent decision to identify with institutions and individuals in need across the country, it donated seven 25kg bags of rice to the Group of 77 on Monday. The Group of 77 is an organization that caters to physically challenged persons in Liberia.
Jarlawah A. Tonpo, president of the Friends of Tabou, said the donation was the organization’s way of reaching out to those in need, adding that Friends of Tabou will continue to identify with all through donations to meet their needs.
Mr. Tonpo said, “Considering World Refugee Day on Monday, we decided to move around and make a small contribution, with the prayer that God will provide the bigger ones for us. All the members of this organization come from a refugee background, but we pray never to be refugees again.”
“After the civil crisis in Liberia and our return from exile, we started Friends of Tabou to give a helping hand to some institutions and individuals in society, especially the physically challenged,” Mr. Tonpo said.
While in exile, many of us were sponsored by other people, something which has motivated members of the organization to reach out to others in need, said Mr. Tonpo.
“Many of us who were sponsored while in exile continue to be blessed through the Almighty God today. And so we think it’s also important as people who were opportune or blessed through education to share with others in our society,” he said.
James Y. Sumo, Chairman of the Management Team of Group of 77, hailed the Friends of Tabou for reaching out to them, especially for providing food, stating, “We know that it was not easy living in different countries. We want to appreciate you in a special way and pray that you will continue to be blessed.”
Also speaking, Constant T. Kennedy, Group of 77’s Program Officer, expressed gratitude to the Friends of Tabou for recognizing the need to identify with the Group of 77, saying she will continue to pray for the organization to do more and even bigger donations in the future.