‘Friends of TABOU’ Identifies with School for the Deaf


A group of professionals under the banner of “Friends of Tabou’s” (FOT) recently donated assorted items of food to several homes housing children with disabilities, including the School for the Deaf in Virginia, outside Monrovia.

FOT President Jarlawah A. Tonpo, who made the donation on Friday, November 3 (Thanksgiving Day), said the items represented the organization’s way of reaching out to those in need.

“This institution will continue to identify with all in need by making donations from their individual members to them to overcome their lifetime of challenges.

“Taking into consideration Thanksgiving Day, we decided to move around and make a small contribution, with the prayer that God will provide the bigger ones in the future. All our members are from a refugee background, but we pray never to be refugees again,” Tonpo said.

According to him, the return of refugees after the official end of the civil crisis led them to start FOT to lend a helping hand to institutions and individuals in society, especially the physically challenged.

While in displaced camps in neighboring countries, Mr. Tonpo said many of his compatriots were sponsored by other people; something which motivated members of the organization to reach out to others in need.

“Many of us who were sponsored while in exile continue to be blessed through the Almighty God. And so we think it is important also to share with others in our society,” he added.

Andrew Tugbeh, interpreter and teacher at the School for the Deaf, hailed the organization for reaching out to them, especially for providing food.

“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,” Mr. Tugbeh said, receiving the items.


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