The Global Youth and Children for Christ Network (GYCCN) over the weekend held a fundraiser to enroll over 300 Ebola-made orphans and child street sellers in school.
The event which began with a street parade from the LBS-ELWA playground to GSA Road, brought together nearly 400 youth from nine schools around Monrovia.
The ceremony targeted US$25,000 for the scholarship program. Many persons who attended the ceremony, however, only made pledges.
Madam Amie Tuazama, who presented a statement on behalf of Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, commended GYCCN and its partners for the humanitarian initiative.
Madam Tuazama is the chairperson for the Montserrado branch of the Friends of Jeremiah Sulunteh (FOJS).
She called on the public to join the initiative to educate Liberian children, mainly those whose parents lack the means to educate them.
“We pray that God provides the means so you may be empowered to take ownership of your future and build the nation to nobler heights after attaining quality education in the midst of the difficult circumstances,” she said.
Tuazama said Ambassador Sulunteh’s dream is to see that Liberian children are prepared for the future they are expected to inherit.
She pledged Sulunteh’s support to the realization of the GYCCN vision to extend its program to other parts of the country and to include other children who are faced with similar educational challenges.
Also speaking, gospel artist turned politician Kanvee Gains Adams encouraged the students not to be deterred by their circumstances as she, too, endured the same difficult situations as the students.
“It doesn’t matter where you come from. What matters is the heart with which you approach the challenges that come your way once you are in your teens or now a youth or an adult,” Mrs. Adams said.
She said that elected or not, she will construct and equip an education center, with a recreational facility and library for students.
GYCCN founder and Executive Director Pastor Charles B. Weah, II said his organization was established in 2012 to seek support and help alleviate extreme poverty in Liberia by educating children who lack the opportunity to go to school.
“From 2012 to present, there have been challenges, but we can now boast of some accomplishments since over 200 students have benefited from our scholarship program,” Pastor Weah said.
In addition to academic learning, he said children recruited by GYCCN also undergo moral instruction through classes that teach Christian principles.
GYCCN is running its program in several schools throughout Monrovia and other parts of Montserrado County.